Drought Assistance: Not Enough

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Texas agriculture groups say that nearly 800 (m) million in federal assistance for farmers and ranchers devastated by drought is not nearly enough.

Most of it, says Roger Haldenby of the Plains Cotton Growers, isn't new money to help farmers. The dollars are what cotton producers and grain sorghum and peanuts farmers would receive in subsidy payments in October.

The federal aid comes less than a month after Texas agriculture officials announced this year's crop and livestock losses were the
state's worst in a single-year. Those losses totaled four-point-one
(b) billion dollars.

Gene Hall, a spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau, says the money announced Tuesday "won't go that far for a drought that really is unprecedented in Texas history."