Dozens of ranchers waited It was the small-town-Texas equivalent of a big-city bread line: a hay line.

The ranchers assembled outside a building-supply store here two weeks ago to receive free bales of hay for their cattle and horses. The first 10 farmers spent the night in line. By the end of the morning, seven 18-wheeler truckloads of hay had been distributed to nearly 40 people, but the demand exceeded the supply — ranchers at the back of the line had to be turned away after the hay ran out.
for hours for the donations, in a line of pickup trucks that stretched for a mile in this rain-starved region east of Dallas.