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Dought and Wildfire Assistance
Please view the following links to learn how manage your operation during a drought or after a wildfire and what programs may be avialable to you.
Federal Agencies and Programs
USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) - Fence restoration, debris removal, land grading, structure restoration, water conservation measures
  • Emergency Loan Assistance (EM) - low interest loans for production and physical loss Disaster Debt Set-Aside Program - FSA loan  payments deferred due to disaster
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) - livestock losses due to disaster
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) - covers losses due to disaster not adequately covered by any other disaster program  
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) - emergency measures for runoff retardation, soil erosion and debris, which has impaired a watershed    
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) - assistance for lost work time due to disaster
  • Temporary Housing Assistance - housing assistance for unlivable residences due to disaster
  • Individual and Family Grants - serious need grants for inability to pay necessary living expenses
  • Mortgage and Rental Assistance - delinquent payment assistance due to disaster 
 Small Business Administration (SBA)    
  • Disaster Loan Program - financial assistance to rebuild homes and businesses due to disaster 
Internal Revenue Service-   
  • Tax Implications of Herd Dispersal
  • For IRS publications, call (800) 829-3676. The IRS can provide tax information and answer general questions. The publications listed below can also provide information on how to handle your weather-related tax questions:
State Agencies and Programs
Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)
Texas Forest Service (TFS)
Texas AgriLife Extension livestock Specialists
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Veterinary Assistance 
Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Interest Rate Reduction Program- Disaster relief low interest loans to refinance existing agricultural debt
  • Prescribed Burning Program
  • Hay Hotline- A tool to help Texas producers locate available hay 
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers 
  • Brand Inspection and Lost Cattle Reporting
Contacts
Lance Williams
Producer Relations Specialist
(512) 463-3285
Lance.Williams@TexasAgriculture.gov