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Perdue announces additional hurricane and wildfire recovery details

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…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion, Disaster, Harvey Read more... May 02, 2018

Gov. Fallin modifies Oklahoma burn bans 

Due to significant rainfall across the state, Governor Mary Fallin today issued a proclamation reducing the number of counties included in the burn ban from 36 to 14. This change came at the recommendation of Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) after an analysis of the impact of the rainfall in the affected counties. Counties that remain under the governor’s burn ban are Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward. Read more… 

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 27, 2018

Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies this weekend 

With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 27, 2018

USDA designates 11 counties in WestTexas as Primary Natural Disaster Area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 11 counties in West Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 22 contiguous counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 25, 2018

Farm Service Agency makes administrative change to the Livestock Indemnity Program 

Starting April 24, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program. In the event of disease, this change by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorizes local FSA county committees to accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. The committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a case-by-case basis for LIP. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 25, 2018

1500 cattle die in Oklahoma wildfires, death toll could increase 

An estimated 1,500 head of cattle have died following wildfires in Oklahoma that have burned for nearly two weeks, and that projection could increase. Reports from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture earlier in the week projected that 1,100 cattle had died from the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires that have burned in northwest Oklahoma since April 12. The first estimate was probably a little low, says Rod Hall, state veterinarian for Oklahoma, who helped put together the original projection. Hall believes at least 1,500 head of cattle died because of the fires after speaking with more ranchers in the area, and he thinks it could go up to 2,500 head. -Drovers CattleNetwork Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 25, 2018

USDA adjusts disaster assistance program to help OK producers 

Oklahoma producers who planted wheat after the final planting date in October for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) may still be eligible this year for payments at a reduced rate.  As one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s disaster assistance programs, LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses because of drought or fire. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 24, 2018

Paying attention to mental health during natural disaster recovery

After losing so much, families affected by the wildfires sweeping across western Oklahoma may be feeling emotionally overwhelmed, which raises the need to pay attention to potential mental health concerns. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 23, 2018

State agencies hosting April 24 wildfire-related information meeting in Woodward 

Agricultural producers affected by the recent wildfires should attend an April 24 fire informational meeting sponsored by the USDA Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Topics will include information on programs available to producers affected by the fires and the relief opportunities available. The 1 p.m. meeting will take place at Woodward’s High Plains Technology Center, located at 3921 34th St., north of Hanks Trail. There is no cost to attend. A noontime lunch sponsored by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association will precede the meeting. Read more… 

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 19, 2018

Hay and feed urgently needed in wildfire-affected Oklahoma 

Hay, feed and the transportation to get it there are the most urgent needs right now for the ranchers that were able to save their cattle from the wildfires in northwest Oklahoma but lost their grass and hay. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is organizing donations of fencing supplies, hay, supplemental livestock feed and milk replacer. Anyone impacted by the fires and in need of these items is urged to call Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension at (405) 590-0106, (405) 496-9329 or (405) 397-7912. Anyone who would like to donate the items listed above may also the numbers above to offer donations. They will match up people who have items or services to donate to producers needing help to rebuild fences, transport hay and similar farm and ranch activities. Critical fire weather conditions are expected in Texas and Oklahoma through Tuesday. Ongoing extreme and exceptional drought conditions will combine with low relative humidity values to create favorable wildfire spread conditions. For the latest information on the fires, including how to donate money, feed and supplies, CLICK HERE.

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Apr 18, 2018