Texas: 9 More Counties Make Natural Disaster List

USDA has designated nine counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Bastrop Grimes Rains
Dimmitt Kinney Travis
Fayette Maverick Walker

“Our hearts go out to those Texas farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Texas producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Austin Hopkins Uvalde
Blanco Houston Val Verde
Brazos Hunt Van Zandt
Burnet La Salle Waller
Caldwell Lavaca Washington
Colorado Lee Webb
Edwards Madison Williamson
Frio Montgomery Wood
Gonzales San Jacinto Zavala
Hays Trinity

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 14, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs.


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