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Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Drought Press Release from the Georgia Cattlemen's Association
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*Georgia Cattlemen's Association Press Release*

For Immediate Release

For more information

Luther Jones

State Public Affairs Specialist

(706) 546-2069

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Applications must be received by Aug. 21, 2012


ATHENS, GA, August 13, 2012 -James E. Tillman Sr., State Conservationist
for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia announced
the NRCS has financial assistance funds available for drought-affected
counties under Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help farmers.
Applications for the EQIP drought assistance are due Aug. 21, 2012.

This assistance is part of continuing steps by the Obama Administration to
assist producers in response to the historic drought. Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack highlighted that USDA will provide nearly $30 million to
producers struggling with drought conditions: $16 million in immediate
financial and technical assistance for producers in 19 states and a
transfer of $14 million into the Emergency Conservation Program.

Through EQIP, farmers can apply for numerous practices designed to provide
immediate drought relief.

Landowners with a current EQIP contract can also request a contract
modification to re-schedule planned conservation practices such as
prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities, water conservation and
other conservation activities on pasture and forest land until drought
conditions improve.

Counties in Georgia receiving assistance are indicated by the US Drought
Monitor Data shown below on the attached map under D3 Drought - Extreme and
D4 Drought - Exceptional.

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Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC
20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800)
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