USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs
As we here at DisasterMap.net 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.”
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.