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2017-09-13 / Agriculture and Outdoors

Animal Supply Points seek livestock-related donations

By Paul Schattenberg

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has established Animal Supply Points for livestock and other animals in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and has set up a phone bank to take calls from those who would like to make a donation.

Dr. Andy Vestal, AgriLife Extension emergency management specialist, College Station, said AgriLife Extension, Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension, and Texas Sea Grant personnel in each affected county, along with agriculture related agencies and industry organizations, continue to assess agricultural and coastal/marine commerce and resource damage.

County AgriLife Extension agents are assisting with small and/or large animal shelters in 42 counties. In addition to animal shelters, the agency is supporting a network of Animal Supply Points.

Vestal said donations to these locations are being supported through the Animal Supply Point Phone Bank at 979-845- 7800.

Jeff Ripley, AgriLife Extension associate director-county operations, College Station, said livestock-related donations to these sites are needed and those general items being requested are:

•Feed for cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, and other livestock

•Buckets, troughs, and other equipment for livestock feeding and watering

•Hay for livestock consumption

•Livestock panels and gates for temporary holding facilities

•Shavings and bedding materials for animals.

Ripley said pet food may also be needed at some of the locations.

He said cash donations toward agricultural recovery efforts can go to the Texas Department of Agriculture State of Texas Agricultural Response fund where agricultural producers may apply for a matching grant for expenditures incurred for agricultural response, materials, or other losses. Information and instructions on how to donate to the fund can be found at ow.ly/ EQ6x30ePrU3.

“We’re asking that items that are not livestock related be donated to Red Cross, Salvation Army, or another charity of choice,” Ripley said. “But we will gratefully accept those items needed to provide food, shelter, and protection to any livestock that have been displaced.”

Paul Schattenberg is a media relations specialist and member of the news editing team of the AgriLife Communications department of the Texas A&M University System.

Ag assistance

As farmers and ranchers assess the damage and continue cleanup efforts after Hurricane Harvey, several organizations are accepting donations, including:

•Texas Department of Agriculture Hay Hotline, 512-463- 9360

•Texas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Research and Education Foundation, for more information, contact Janice Neckar at jneckar@txfb.org or 254-751-2494. To donate visit bit. ly/2wMo3ea or send to Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, P.O. Box 2689, Waco, TX 76702-2689, Attn: Cyndi Gerik.

•Farm Aid, farmaid.org/Harvey

•A New Day: Texas Agricultural Education Disaster Relief Fund to help FFA chapters and agricultural education programs: texasffa.org/ NewDay; or send checks or money orders payable to the “Texas FFA Foundation” and write “A New Day Crisis Fund” in the memo section and send to Texas FFA Foundation, Attn: A New Day Crisis Fund, 614 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701.

See Sep. 6, Wilson County News’ “Ag sector pitches in to assist after Hurricane Harvey” for additional information.

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