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2009-08-06 / General Stories

New Disaster Assistance Program Offered to Texas Ranchers

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) recently joined the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to announce a new disaster assistance program now available to ranchers.

According to NRCS, the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) assists landowners and operators in protecting grazing uses and other related conservation values by restoring and conserving eligible grassland and certain other lands through rental contracts and easements. GRP allows landowners in drought stricken counties to be compensated to defer cattle grazing until grassland conditions improve.

"Cattlemen are always talking about which disaster was the worst," TSCRA Director Beau White, a rancher from Rosanky, Texas, who spoke at the press conference, said.

"In my short experience, the answer is easy. It is the one you are currently dealing with."

"This program comes at a time when Mother Nature is dealing Texas cattlemen some devastating blows through salt-water intrusion from hurricanes, wildfires and now severe drought.

"Cattlemen should carefully review the program to see if it may benefit their operations."

Interested ranchers can submit an application through their local USDA NRCS office. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. For more information, please contact Claude Ross, state GRP manager, at 254-742-9822 or Mark Habiger, NRCS assistant state conservationist for programs, at 254-742-9881.

Visit their website at www.texascattleraisers.org/ drought.html for additional information on the program.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 132-yearold trade organization and is the largest livestock association in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 members who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement services, livestock inspection, legislative and regulatory advocacy and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.

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