A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Lee, and Leon Counties from 12am to 12pm THURSDAY. After a strong afternoon cold front, brisk north winds -- 20-25mph -- will continue to drop temperature to / just above a freeze tonight. A rain chance could turn into a scattered, wintry mix between 6am and 10am Thursday. Little-to-no accumulation is expected -- however, caution is urged driving on bridges and overpasses.
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."
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