U.S. Congressman Lloyd Dogget (D-Austin) recently announced that Central Texas farmers and ranchers can now visit their local Farm Service Agency to sign up for payments made available by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
The program is a disaster aid provision contained in the Farm Bill that passed Congress last year.
“Texas farmers and ranchers have finally seen a few drops of rain,” Doggett said. “Now, they’ll finally see a few drops of federal aid. These dollars have not arrived soon enough, but I am pleased that our local producers will get the drought relief they desperately need and deserve.”
Ranchers who opted into the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for their pastures or grazing lands will see payments begin immediately. The payments will be made for both 2008 and 2009 losses. Per adult beef cow, the payment will be $53.70 for 2008 and $72.07 for 2009.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides more than the previous Livestock Compensation Program that assisted those affected by droughts in 2005-2007. A rancher with 75 head of cattle was eligible for less than $800 under the old program. The same rancher can qualify for more than $4,000 for 2008 losses through the new program, and an estimated $5,400 for 2009 losses.
Central Texas ranchers and farmers have experienced the worst drought in the nation. Agriculture losses are estimated at more than $3.6 billion and are continuing to rise.
For more information contact the Service Center Office of the Caldwell-Hays-Comal County Farm Service Agency at 1403-A BlackJack in Lockhart, or call (512) 398-4176, Extension 2.Email | Print