Federal Farm Aid Available

Las Cruces – Sen. Tom Udall says New Mexico ranchers and livestock producers who suffered from droughts and wildfires in 2008 should apply for federal aid before Dec. 10.

The benefits from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program is available to eligible ranchers in Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Harding, Hidalgo, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Union counties.

New Mexico Farm Service Agency executive director Salomon Ramirez says recent fires and droughts in these regions caused damage to some producers.

Udall says it's essential to support local producers as the state relies on them for its food security.

Farmers must meet certain eligibility requirements.

The deadline for losses incurred in 2009 is Jan. 30.

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