Dateline: September 28, 2006
TDA sets guidelines for drought assistance
Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs announced this week that the Texas
Department of Agriculture will accept applications September 29 to
November 13 from eligible livestock producers impacted by drought who
qualify for payments under the federally-funded Livestock Assistance Grant
On September 29,
applications will be available on TDA’s Web site at www.agr.state.tx.us;
at all TDA offices; and at Texas Cooperative Extension and U.S. Department
of Agriculture Farm Service Agency county offices in the 216 eligible
Texas counties, including Donley.
Cooperative Extension and FSA staff may have basic knowledge of the
program, they will not have received specific training on the program, so
producers with any questions are encouraged to call TDA at 1-800-TELL-TDA
The application must
be postmarked by Nov. 13, 2006, and mailed to TDA headquarters in Austin
addressed to: Livestock
Assistance Grant Program, Texas Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 12847,
Austin, Texas 78711.
Incomplete applications and applications postmarked after Nov. 13
will not be considered.
To qualify for LAGP
funds, a producer must meet all the following criteria: Must have suffered
livestock forage production losses because of drought conditions from
March 7 through Aug. 31, 2006 (eligibility period); Must have a livestock
operation that suffered forage production losses in one or more of the 216
Texas counties classified as D3 Drought–Extreme or D4
Drought–Exceptional during the eligibility period; and Must have raised
eligible livestock for commercial use as part of a farming operation
during the eligibility period.
are adult beef cattle two years of age and older and sheep one year of age
and older during the eligibility period.
Livestock must have been owned by the producer for at least 30
losses may include cost of lost forage, supplemental feeding costs, the
costs incurred relocating livestock to new pastures, increased feed
transportation costs and the cost of emergency water supplies.
Payments are limited
to $10,000 per producer, and the amount of compensation may not exceed the
amount of forage production losses. Producers
who apply in multiple states cannot receive more than $10,000 in total
compensation, and the same losses cannot be claimed in more than one
partnerships or joint ventures, payments will not exceed $10,000 for each
member of the partnership or joint venture.
Because of the
anticipated number of applicants and the amount of available funds,
payments will be limited and may only cover partial forage production
losses incurred by each producer. Of
the $50 million USDA block grant for livestock assistance being
distributed to 20 states, Texas’ share was $16.1 million.
Funds will be paid on
a per head basis. Per head
payment rates will be determined by the total number of livestock claimed
by all eligible applicants and will differ for cattle and sheep based on
standard animal units.
The per head payment
rate will be determined after all applications are received and processed.
information about LAGP and the application process is available on TDA’s
Web site at www.agr.state.tx.us. Producers
may also contact TDA’s Governmental Affairs Division at 1-800-TELL-TDA
(1-800-835-5832) or e-mail email@example.com.
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