Friday, March 6, 2009

Gov. Perry requests emergency drought declaration for all Texas counties

I’d like to personally thank Governor Perry for making an official request to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to approve an emergency drought designation for all 254 counties. If approved by USDA, this federal declaration will allow farmers and ranchers access to emergency loans and disaster relief.

Meteorologists are saying this drought Texas is experiencing right now is one that only happens once or twice every century. This, coupled with an economic crisis that’s lowered agricultural values, but increased production costs, is presenting a significant challenge for Texas farmers and ranchers, and we must do what we can to help those who work diligently to provide us with the food on our tables and the clothes on our backs.

In the meantime, I’d like to encourage Texas producers in need of hay to utilize the TDA Hay Hotline to find sellers.

Click HERE to read Gov. Perry’s official request.


Anonymous said...

I too would like to thank Governor Perry for his effort to help farmers. Now due to the economic crisis and also the drought in Texas farmers in Texas are having a really bad time. It is high time for the government to act. I hope the official request made by the Governor Perry get approved soon. Thanks for posting.


Unknown said...

The Governor requested a drought declaration in early March for the entire state. Since then some counties in NE Texas have received rain. However central Texas, specifically the Brazos River Valley, hasn't received ANY measurable rain for eight months. We are experiencing an historic, exceptional and severe drought.

Will the Governor make an official declaration of a severe drought? And will the governor narrow his request for a federal declaration for those counties hardest hit by this drought?