Texas cattle producers who have suffered losses due to drought or other disasters should apply for federal aid soon, as deadlines approach.

The disaster programs are part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the new farm bill, which will help Texas cattle producers rebuild and recover drought losses dating back to 2011, said Judith Canales, Texas state executive director for the USDA-Farm Service Agency.

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Canales Texas provided updates on livestock disaster programs in College Station at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M University.

 “(As of Aug. 6), $258 million in livestock disaster payments have been distributed in Texas,” Canales said. “We have 173 offices here in Texas, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment.”