TAD joins other agriculture groups to request federal disaster declaration for Winter Storm Goliath
Jan. 16, 2016
The Texas Association of Dairymen, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association have joined in a letter asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to expeditiously consider a disaster declaration for the region of West Texas impacted at the end of December by Winter Storm Goliath.
The letter follows a similar request submitted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
In part, the letter from the three agriculture industry groups states, “Winter Storm Goliath packed a powerful punch in West Texas to the heart of the Texas dairy and beef cattle industries, with heavy losses of livestock and heavy economic losses for farm families and workers.
“Producers in this region are in need of this assistance to return to normal operations and recover from the historic storm. A USDA declaration would make much needed federal assistance, such as emergency loans, available to producers who have suffered losses.”
You can read the entire letter here.
You can read the letter from Gov. Abbott and Commissioner Miller <a href="http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/forms/COMM/O-VilsackTom201601080038 moved here.pdf”>here.