USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

Posted on April 7, 2014 By

As we here at work to cover Disaster in all its manifestations across the U.S., I ran across this article in the Amarillo Globe-News: “Feedlots prepare for disaster”. In it, author Kevin Welch points out that 70% of Texas’ beef is grown on the High Plains. “After 18 months and $1.4 million, planners have completed many of the tasks needed to help many of the area’s livestock businesses minimize and survive the consequences of natural or man-made disasters.”

Texas feedlot. Courtesy of Royalty Free Stock Photo

Texas feedlot.
Courtesy of Royalty Free Stock Photo

These critical Texas state efforts at mitigation of course led me to check in with the USDA to get a better view of our national approach. ~Bruce Biles

Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. ~Read more.


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