Friday, May 22, 2009

Recent rains help, but drought conditions persist

No matter the season, weather is on the minds of our state’s farmers and ranchers. Why? Because it affects profitability. In some cases, weather conditions can determine whether families will be able to stay in the business of farming and ranching.

According to the U. S. Drought Monitor for Texas released on May 21, much of our state remains in the category labeled “Abnormally Dry to Exceptionally Dry.” And, although much of the state received some badly needed moisture last week, many communities will have to deal with the consequences of this lingering drought for some time.

Here at the Texas Department of Agriculture, we’d like to remind producers of the resources available on our Web site, Visit to access the Hay Hotline (1-877-429-1998) for hay needs and the Disaster Resource Information Packet, which provides pertinent contact information for state, federal and private agricultural disaster assistance programs.

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