AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the worst single-year drought in Texas history continues to deplete critical hay supplies, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is making several updates to his agency's "Hay Hot Line."
The service, which connects ranchers who need hay with those who have it, now includes prices and sources for donated hay. It connects ranchers with transportation services to deliver hay and available grazing lands.
"Right now there is no pasture, no hay and no end in sight," Staples said. "The need for hay is dire and getting more desperate each day."
Staples sent a letter to all commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture in other states requesting assistance in locating hay donations for Texas ranchers. The letter also requests that available grazing land or hay be listed on the hot line.
He also encouraged his colleagues to follow the Lone Star State's lead in waiving transportation size restrictions for hay shipments in ways that continue to protect public safety.
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