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USDA agencies band together to assist producers impacted by 2017 hurricanes 

Just as families, friends and communities came together to respond to damages that occurred during the hurricanes of 2017, so did government agencies. When hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall, the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA), Rural Development (RD), and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) worked together, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other intergovernmental groups, to provide information and recovery resources to agricultural producers who experienced losses. Read more…

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Harvey: A Storm to Remember

2017 saw massive destruction along U.S. coastlines from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Texas, of course, was ground zero for Hurricane Harvey, one of the costliest storms in American history. Harvey devastated much of Southeast Texas in August, earning a page in the history books for its overwhelming winds and flooding. But Texans are resilient, and so is our state. While the initial impact of Harvey was severe, the Texas economy has already absorbed much of the damage from this record-breaking storm and should avoid long-term losses. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office estimates the net impact of Hurricane Harvey will be a loss of $3.8 billion in GSP during the first year following the storm, with a cumulative gain of approximately $800 million over three years. In a special edition of Fiscal Notes, Hegar’s office examines the effect of Harvey on the state economy through data modeling. They also look at recovery efforts and possible opportunities to prevent other flooding disasters in the future. Read more…

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Free testing for private water well owners affected by Harvey

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer another set of free water testing opportunities Feb. 14-15 for private well owners in areas affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station, said water from a flooded well should not be used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or even bathing until tested. Boellstorff said floodwater might contain substances from upstream, such as manure, sewage from flooded septic systems or wastewater treatment plants or other contaminants. A septic system near a well also can cause contamination when the soil is flooded.

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Last chance to apply for Cattle Raisers Relief Fund help

The Cattle Raisers Relief Fund, a relief effort for beef producers by beef producers, is accepting funding applications from those affected by Hurricane Harvey in all impacted producers in the federally-declared disaster counties, regardless of membership status in TSCRA. Persons applying for funding must have a Texas Ag/Timber Tax Exempt Number. The application will require […]

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Texas agricultural losses from Hurricane Harvey estimated at more than $200m

Hurricane Harvey, which decimated parts of South Central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. “The effects of Hurricane Harvey will linger for quite some time with our Texas farmers and ranchers,” said Dr. Doug Steele, agency director […]

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Jill Bennett

We are fine at Zipp farm in Guadalupe county!  Fortunately all we got was 8 inches of rain and some wind. Thanks for checking on all of us!

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Tom Foster, Frisco Creek Farm

My place is in Medina County, and so, thankfully, we were not affected by the storm. Our prayers go out to the many, many folks who were not so fortunate.

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Lois Woods, T&L Solutions LLC

Here in Buna, Texas we have gotten about 11 – 15 inches (depends on who you ask). Some of the businesses were closed today and school did not start today as planned. It will start after labor day. I haven’t heard of anyone here needing to evacuate, but in nearby Vidor, we have had some friends who had to evacuate with their horses.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you at TSCRA for what you are doing for all of us during this difficult time. I truly appreciate it. Awesome organization and proud to be a member!!

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Audra Schulz

I’m in the central Texas area just east of San Antonio. We spent all day Saturday and Sunday in what was the eye wall of Harvey once it reached its northernmost point. We did not have the catastrophic damage that the coastal cities and now Houston is having, but the wind was constant and damaging. Most farmers and ranchers don’t build sheds and barns to withstand hurricane or tropical storm force winds up here, and lots of us have older tin sheds and roofs for livestock cover from the extreme heat. Insurance coverage is scarce for these types of structures as well because we assume we can handle repairs as necessary. At our ranch we had major damage to older tin sheds that couldn’t withstand the wind. I do hope there will be some relief available to assist in cleanup and replacement costs.

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Shirley Duran

I haven’t been able to check the fences, those over the creeks are most apt to be effected. Neighbors got cattle in safest ground for me. Will keep in touch. Thanks for the inquiry. Regards

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