Milam Farm Bureau annual meeting set

Members of the Milam County Farm Bureau will meet Tuesday, Oct. 20 for the group's 2009 Annual Meeting. Time is 7 p.m. at the county office in Cameron. No meal will be served.

"This is an opportunity for members to gather and map a course for agriculture in Milam County for the coming year," said Milam CFB President Jay Beckhusen. "Not only will we adopt policies to guide our organization in 2010, we will elect officers and directors to lead our efforts in representing our industry."

The policy development committee is currently accepting suggestions for resolutions. Members are encouraged to submit their thoughts. All recommendations w ill be considered in drafting tentative resolutions to be voted on at the annual meeting.

Use of 'Hay Hotline' urged for producers

AUSTIN- Despite some substantial rain across parts of the state, many Texas ranchers continue to struggle to feed livestock due to the lingering drought that has cost the state's agriculture industry approximately $3.6 billion in losses.

The Texas Department of Agr iculture is encouraging Texas livestock producers to go to the Texas Department of Agriculture's Hay Hotline Web site at www.TexasAgriculture. gov.

The site currently lists more than 450 available hay suppliers. Those suppliers wishing to donate or discount hay are encouraged to make their hay available by filling out a hay supplier form on the Hay Hotline Web site.

TDA is also working with the Texas trucking industry to provide ranchers with more affordable hay transportat in times of drought and other crises.

"The cost to transport hay from out of state, or even within the state, is a costly expense that many ranchers cannot afford," Commissioner Staples said. "We are appealing to the neighborly spirit among trucking companies to offer reduced rates for hay delivery to ensure ranchers can maintain herds through the winter."

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