Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Update on Hurricane Ike Help for Texas Farmers & Ranchers

Above is a screenshot from a photo gallery on USAToday.com that shows several photos of Hurricane Ike's devastation in Southeast Texas. This powerful picture reemphasizes the importance of Texans helping agricultural producers in a time of dire need. Read my post from yesterday on how you can help ranchers like the one pictured above in High Island on the Bolivar Peninsula.

At this time, the Texas Department of Agriculture has sent three trucks with USDA commodities to the food banks in Houston, San Antonio and East Texas to help feed evacuees. We expect to get a request later today to make additional deliveries later this week.

We have had an overwhelming response from hay producers who have donated over 1,850 bales in the past two days. 11,000 more bales of hay have been committed, but more donations are still needed to help pay for the transportation costs to move it to Jefferson and Chambers counties. Some hay producers are not only donating hay, but are also driving it to the distribution point at White’s Park in Chambers County. Click HERE for a map to the hay donation drop-off point if you would also like to help.

I commend those who have generously volunteered their time, products and money to help fellow Texans in the face of disaster. It makes me proud to see so many selfless individuals making sacrifices on behalf of their fellow Texans.

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