FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
||Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Reminder to livestock owners: Deadline for hay
transportation cost-share programs is May 1
RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler reminds drought-stricken livestock owners that they have until May 1 to apply for state programs that help with the cost of transporting hay to their farms.
The Ag and Equine Partners Program helps owners of cattle, sheep, goats and horses with the cost of trucking in hay from outside North Carolina for their animals. The Golden Hay Relief Program helps them pay for shipping North Carolina-grown hay and forage to their farms.
“We want to help as many people as we can, so I encourage folks to submit their applications as soon as possible,” Troxler said.
Recent rains have promoted much-needed pasture growth across the state, Troxler said. “We’re not completely out of the woods yet, but overall we are in a much, much better position than we were just a few months ago,” he said.
Both programs will pay cost-share assistance to livestock owners on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted, but all applications must be postmarked by May 1.
The Ag and Equine Partners Program is supported by private contributions and state funds. It is open to livestock owners who have purchased hay from outside North Carolina since July 1, 2007.
Golden Hay Relief is supported by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. The current phase of the program provides cost-share assistance on shipments of North Carolina-grown hay and forage delivered this year between Jan. 1 and April 30.
Applications and eligibility criteria for both programs are available online at www.ncagr.com/hayalert or by calling the toll-free Hay Alert hotline at (866) 506-6222 weekdays.