USDA Drought Program a positive step
National Cattlemen's Beef Assoc.
by Joe Schuele
National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc.
Rancher-members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) say funding announced on Aug. 29 by USDA to aid farmers and ranchers is a good start toward providing much-needed disaster and drought relief.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said USDA will make available $780 million in assistance to help farmers and ranchers manage drought and other weather-related production challenges. Johanns announced a new $50 million program for livestock producers ” the Livestock Assistance Grant Program ” which will provide funds to states in block grant form.
“NCBA has been communicating for some time the importance of these issues to our leaders in Washington, and more and more we are seeing them working to help cattle producers cope with the difficulties cattlemen are facing out on the land every day.”
States will distribute grants to livestock producers in counties that were designated as D3 or D4 on the Drought Monitor. A list of eligibility criteria and eligible counties can be found at http://www.usda.gov by clicking on the Drought Spotlight.
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