U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on May 1 the details on eligibility for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster program, 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). In total, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deploy the up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help producers with the recovery of their agricultural operations in at least nine states with hurricane damage and states impacted by wildfire. Read more…
As thousands of Texans still strive to rebound from the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been working with community leaders and local, state and national agencies to identify and address recovery needs. “Many people are already aware of our initial efforts in disaster recovery, especially establishing […]
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…
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…
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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!!