New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Horald-Zeitung O Friday, June 14,1996 Q 3 A
Help available for grain producers hit by drought
By JOE Q. TAYLOR
County Extension Agent
The severe drought which persists across the Southwestern U.S., but primarily concentrated in Texas and Okla-hpma, is being compared to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
.Although sporadic thunderstorms deposited 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in parts of the Hill County and South Central Texas, the Southwest Texas region remains very dry. Year-to-date rainfall is only 28 percent of the long term average.
.The April-May ‘96 period, for example, with a long term rainfall average of about 5.4 inches (22.4 percent of die annual total) was the second driest on record with .9 inch of rain, behind April-May 1956, which received about .7 inch.
Cumulative rainfall from December ‘95 through May ‘96 amounted to 2.57 inches, the second driest period in over 90 years of records, behind 1956, which received 1.79 inches.
Disaster Assistance—In response to the debilitating drought, last week President Clinton ordered $70 million in federal assistance to grain producers, mostly in Texas and Oklahoma, who are facing their worst drought in IOO years. The assistance is primarily aimed at wheat producers who normally graze cattie on their wheat, but were not able to this year.
According to die state office of Farm Service Agency (FSA), over $30 million of the $70 million could go to Texas producers but is, as with any other disaster assistance funding, subject to a lot of restrictions. As a result,
the funds may not help many producers who are experiencing serious losses, but will be of some assistance to those who qualify.
Highlights of the administration’s disaster assistance program include:
■ The non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage was extended.
n Emergency provisions allowing haying or grazing CRP acreage were extended from July I through Sept. 30,1996. Keep in mind, however, that CRP acreage may be hayed or grazed but NOT both. In addition, not all CRP acreage is eligible for haying or grazing as environmental concerns are taken into account. Producers must get approval from their local Farm Service Agency office before haying or grazing the acreage.
■ A potential of about $56 million in loans was made available for emergency loans. USDA’s emergency loan program fund was exhausted this year with nearly five months left in the current fiscal year. These additional funds will allow eligible applicants to receive loans of up to 80 percent of actual production loss or $500,000 or enough for next year’s operation, whichever is less. Keep in mind, however, that under FAIR the emergency loan limit has been reduced from $500,000 per disaster to $500,000 per borrower. A borrower with a qualifying loss who has $500,000 or more of emergency loan debt cannot receive additional emergency loans. A qualified borrower with less than $500,000 outstanding can only receive funds up to the $500,000 limit.
■ The 1996 Livestock Feed Program (LFP) was extended for 90 days, until Aug. 31, 1996, for already approved LFP applicants. The 1996 farm bill precludes the U.S. Department of Agriculture from accepting any new applicants for LFP. The LFP pays 50 percent of the cost of feed purchased to replace feed normally produced on the farm or pays eligible livestock owners a portion of the cost of kerosene, propane or butane used to bum thorns from prickly pear cactus to make it suitable for livestock feed.
Emergency Loan Eligibility — According to FSA, an established farm operator who is a citizen of the United States; is of good character, can show evidence of having suffered a qualifying physical or production loss; has adequate security and repayment ability and has incurred a loss of at least 30 percent below a normal year's production, may be eligible for a low interest (3.75 percent APR) loan. If an eligible borrower is unable to obtain credit from a private lending institution, USDA’s emergency loan proceeds may be used to restore property, pay production costs, pay delinquent debts, pay living expenses, repair buildings, buy equipment and refinance debts. The term of the loan is based on the type of loss, use of loan funds, type of collateral and borrower’s repayment ability. Production loss loans are normally extended for up to seven years and real estate is normally required as security for longer terms.
Eligible producers who need federal assistance should contact the local FSA office at 625-6111.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Winner of four 1995 Associated Press Managing Editors Awards.
i Taylor, vice-president of the Now Braunfels High School Choir Boosters, Jo Ann Briggs, secy/treasurer, and Debbie Vaughn, president, present scholarship checks to April Briggs ($100), Aknee Horak ($50). The scholarship fund was started by a raffle of poinsettias donated by the Haus, at the Christmas concert More money was raised by Booster Club fundraisers and The scholarships were presented at the recent choir banquet at Capparelli's. Brian also received a $50 scholarship.
4-Hers lo well at ^Floresville
)y JOE O. TAYLOR
bounty Extension Agent
Several 4-Hers from Comal Coun-y exhibited their heifer and steer presets at Floresville. The sanctioned and heifer show had more than entries from the state of Texas, faith from Comal County exhibiting and placing in the show include: t Heifer Division — Kevyn Ivy, Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer; lustyn Cox, First Place fall bom ^iaine-Anjou Heifer. Steer Division Justin Eldridge, Reserve Champion gus Steer, Reserve Champion Steer, Garyn Byrd, Champion bid Steer, Kevyn Ivy, Champion Hereford Steer; Kristopher Reserve Champion Polled ford Steer, second place heavy Polled Hereford Steer, Amber third place heavy weight Polled reford Steer, third place heavy Shorthorn Steer, Allison Kraft, ion Shorthorn Steer, second light weight Shorthorn Steer, Eldridge, Champion Chianina Steer, Champion AOB Steer, Tom-Dale Fey, second place light Simmental Steer. Jeff Eldridge exhibited the Grand Champion Reserve Grand Champion overall at the show.
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llNotice of Vote on Tax Rate
The New Braunfels Independent School District Conducted a public hearing on a proposal to increase your property taxes by 5.703669 percent on June 13.1996. at 7:00 p.m.
The Board of School Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District is scheduled to vote on the tax rate at a public meeting to be held on June 17.1996. at 7:00 p.m. at The Education Center Board Room. 430 West Mill Street.