Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe will help state livestock producers struggling with high feed costs during the drought through a $2 million grant.

The Livestock Assistance Grant Program uses money from the Governor’s Disaster Fund. Cattle, sheep and goat producers struggling to find affordable feeding options for their animals may apply for program money by Aug. 29.

According to a statement from Beebe, assistance will be provided on a per-head basis for qualifying livestock producers who apply before the deadline. Program funds will not be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

Beebe previously attempted to assist producers with feeding options by encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency for a temporary waiver of the ethanol quotas for renewable fuels.

Applications will be available through the Arkansas Agriculture Department ( or 501-683-4851), University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service county offices (, the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association (, the Agricultural Council of Arkansas (, Farm Service Agency county offices, Natural Resource Conservation Service district offices, Conservation District offices and Arkansas Farm Bureau county offices (

The program will be administered by the Arkansas Agriculture Department.