Hay and Pasture Resources
Texas: The Texas Department of Agriculture is encouraging impacted ranchers to utilize the Hay Hotline to locate forage and hay supplies. The listings include individuals and businesses that have hay for sale or pasture for lease. To access the Hay Hotline, call 1-877-429-1998, or go to TexasAgriculture.gov and look under Most Popular Links.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has two directories (pdf) for ranchers looking for hay:
Arkansas: Arkansas Hay Producers Database
Nebraska: The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has a hay and forage webpage and toll-free hotline at 800-422-6692.
Colorado: Colorado Ranchers Trying to Help Texans During Drought -
500 tons of grass hay available for sale under cover in barns. Located in Collbran, Colo., (western Colorado), by Grand Junction. Please contact Ken Likely at 970-260-7039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Mexico: New Mexico Hay Association's Buy/Sell webpage
Internet Hay Exchange - Login required to view contact information of sellers/buyers, but an account is free. Listings by state and area code.
Drought Information Links and Resources
Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) A collaborative educational network dedicated to educating citizens about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Texas EDEN is a part of theTexas AgriLife Extension Service and is affiliated with National Extension Disaster Education Network.
State Drought Preparedness Council - The chief of the Texas Division of
Emergency Management is the state drought manager. The state drought manager is
responsible for managing and coordinating the drought response component of the state water
Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is an index used to determining forest fire potential. The drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture.
TAMU Ecosystem Science and Management Extension Unit Formerly the Forest Science and Rangeland Ecology and Management Dept
All Hazards website- Resources to help rural communities prepare for disasters and other hazards
ReadyAG©: Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture An educational tool developed to assist farmers and ranchers become better prepared for ANY disaster.
USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Heat Stress Forecast and Information
Drought Maps and Weather Resources
NIDIS (National Integrated Drought Information System) Drought Portal
U.S. Drought Monitor and Weekly Summary (released on Thursdays)
Assistance and Recovery Programs
USDA Farm Service Agency Programs
The USDA's Farm Service Agency administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among the key programs available to address impacts from disasters are the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.
Fact sheets for all of these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets. .
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