Drought-stricken Texas producers are receiving more help from fellow farmers and ranchers through another governor’s executive order to allow easier hay transport to the Lone Star State. Earlier this week, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed an agreement to lift permit restrictions for oversized vehicles moving baled hay to Texas.
“I’d like to thank South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones and Gov. Dennis Daugaard for helping ease hay transportation restrictions on behalf of Texas ranchers who are in desperate need of forage to feed their herds,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “Texas leads the nation in cattle production, but due to devastating drought and a critical lack of forage, our ranchers are selling off their herds at unsustainable rates that will have long-term effects on our economy and our consumers. Thanks to our friends in South Dakota, we have renewed hope here in Texas.”
Texas farmers and ranchers are struggling to maintain their crops and herds amidst one of the most severe droughts on record. Dry weather has impacted hay production in the state, leaving many producers in desperate need of supplemental feed.
“When South Dakota has faced drought conditions, people in other states have helped us out,” Bones said. “Suspending this permit requirement is one way we can get feed to those producers who need it in a timely manner.”