To keep up with the current fire danger situation reports, visit www.tfsweb.tamu.edu/currentsituation/.
Multiple fires in the Texas Panhandle have burned more than a half a million acres in recent days. As part of a coordinated response with multiple state agencies and emergency managers, TSCRA had been asked to solicit hay donations from local members.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reports they now an ample supply of hay and feed at the supply points listed below to meet ranchers needs for the next 2-3 weeks. If you’re loaded or on the way, you’re still more than welcome, but if you’re still in the planning stages, please give them a call, first. There may be a greater current need in Oklahoma or later, after recovery has begun, for feed supplies. The supply points have the best information on their local situation.
TSCRA Special Rangers are in the impacted area assessing the damage and assisting TSCRA members. If you need assistance, please contact our offices at 817-332-7064 or fill out this online form by clicking here.
Texans who would like to help are urged to donate to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief (STAR) Fund. Managed by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the STAR Fund provides emergency assistance to Texas farmers and ranchers affected by disasters like the wildfires. Funded exclusively by private donations, STAR funds are often used to rebuild fences vital to livestock businesses, restore operations and pay for other agricultural disaster relief.
More information on the TDA’s STAR Fund program can be found here.
USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers in Texas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – March 13, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Texas, Erasmo (Eddie) Trevino, reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts. Read More…
USDA Reminds Producers to Document Livestock Losses
As firefighters and state agencies continue their efforts to contain wildfires that have burned more than 1 million acres, affected ranchers and landowners are left to assess the damage and begin recovery. Hay donations are pouring in to the dedicated supply points, so short-term needs are being met. However, the state officials are asking those that are donating hay to be careful about transporting imported red fire ants in the hay. Bales kept on bare ground in an area of high fire ant populations should contact the Texas Department of Agriculture’s regional office for more information. Click here for more information…
The most immediate need in the burned areas is for fencing supplies. To donate hay, please contact a supply point listed above.
Waiver Granted to Transporters of Hay to Burned Areas
Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter Thursday to the chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV) suspending the permitting requirements, legal height restrictions and associated permit fees for carriers transporting round bales of hay to Carson, Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler counties. This waiver applies to these eight counties, as well as any Texas county through which transport is necessary to reach the disaster response area.
To ensure the safety of the traveling public, TXDMV will require carriers transporting loads exceeding 14 feet in height to contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Motor Carrier Division at 800-299-1700.
To read the full letter, click here.
TDA also oversees the Hay Hotline to facilitate buying or selling hay statewide. Those interested in making a hay donation for disaster relief or need to find transportation for hay can go here for more information.
Document Livestock Losses
Agriculture producers who have suffered livestock and property losses in the recent wildfires are urged to file a Notice of Loss with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the federal assistance process. A Notice of Loss must be filed within 30 days of the time of the loss by phone or in person at a local USDA county service center. County service center locations can be found on their website at offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.
To qualify, you must have legally owned the eligible livestock, poultry, or swine on the day they died, and they must:
- Have died due to an eligible weather event on or after Oct. 1, 2011, and no later than 60 days from the end date of the event.
- Have been for commercial use in a farming operation on the day they died.
- Have died in the calendar year of requested benefits.
The program excludes wild, free-roaming animals, or pets or animals used for recreational purposes, like for hunting, roping, or show.
You must have had possession and control of the livestock and a written agreement with the livestock owner. The specific terms, conditions, and obligations of both parties must be set.
The following resources and information have been provided by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).
- Livestock Supply Points
- Agriculture Indemnity Program
- Lost or Found Animals
- Carcass Disposal
Courtesy: Texas Animal Health Commission
- Debris Disposal
- Carcass Disposal
Courtesy: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
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“A Checklist of Considerations for Post-Fire Management”
Courtesy: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension