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Farm Bureau providing help to Texas farmers affected by Harvey


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
9/6/2017 1:56:13 PM


While tens of millions of dollars have been raised privately and the federal government processes hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas, numerous farm organizations and government agencies are providing help to the state's agricultural sector.

Texas cotton producers, who had stored much of their cotton in the field and were still harvesting in many areas, saw modules blown apart by wind and damaged by rain.

Cattlemen in the area affected by Harvey had livestock stranded and lost to floodwaters. As the waters recede, they face challenges to find feed and fresh water for their remaining herds.

The Texas Department of Agriculture estimates more than $200 million in crop losses and anticipates that number to grow.

The area declared as a disaster by Gov. Greg Abbott contains about 1.2 million cattle, which is roughly 27 percent of the state's herd.

Harvey was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004, dropping several feet of rain.

Texas Farm Bureau's Agriculture Research and Education Foundation has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to aid in the recovery efforts following the devastating storm.

Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long is encouraging GFB members to contribute to the Texas Farm Bureau fund.

"We believe this is a meaningful relief fund that our counterparts in the Lone Star State have established and will have a substantial influence on the people that will need help in rebuilding their lives in the coming days," Long said.
Tax-deductible donations made to this fund will be dispersed via an application process directly to the farmers and ranchers affected by the hurricane.

Visit to make a tax-deductible donation.


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