(RightWing.org) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the creation of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to provide financial and technical assistance to certain Texas farmers adversely impacted by the border crisis. However, several Texas ranchers decided to reject the aid.
Several impacted ranchers spoke with the Washington Examiner regarding their skepticism about the program. A vast majority of them said they didn’t plan to file for funds because they don’t trust Washington bureaucrats. They also indicated the program requires more of an effort on their part than it’s worth.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) February 28, 2022
Texas rancher John Paul Schuster siad that although the program “looks good on paper,” it doesn’t serve the needs of local farmers and ranchers in reality. For example, farmers who have already paid for repairs on their property due to the migrant hoard are ineligible for reimbursement under the federal initiative.
The USDA’s Texas branch of the Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the program, which aids ranchers and farmers in 34 counties who experienced broken fences, cut water lines, and other damages due to the influx of illegal migrants crossing the border. Impacted farmers can apply for benefits through July 5 through their local USDA Service Center.
Are you wary of “free money” from the government? Would you turn down this aid if you operated a ranch?
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