Ranchers in areas afflicted by continuing drought are eligible for support under USDA's 2004 Nonfat Dry Milk Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative. Announced in July, livestock producers in 95 counties in nine states are eligible. The states include Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Find more info at your local Farm Service Agency office, or on USDA's Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov.

For tips on handling and feeding the dry milk product, see “Got Protein?” in the October 2003 BEEF, or view it online at: beef-mag.com/mag/beef_protein/index.html.

For still more on drought management strategies, go to www.beef cowcalf.com and click on “Drought Management” on the opening-page menu.