Grant program to help livestock producers overcome drought
Livestock producers in Miller, Little River and Sevier counties have been included in the 39 counties eligible to receive drought assistance in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is receiving $2 million as a block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help partially offset forage losses sustained by livestock producers as a result of the drought, said Little River County Agent Joe Paul Stuart.
The deadline to file for the financial assistance is Nov. 15.
Hay fields in Arkansas during the last two years average 25 percent below previous years.
“Hay is Arkansas’ fourth leading crop with an annual crop value in 2004 of $170 million,” said Stuart. “Pasture conditions also have suffered. In spite of recent rains, the USDA rates nearly half of the Arkansas pastures to be in poor or very poor condition.”