Texas: 60 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas from Drought

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 60 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

    Archer Deaf Smith Hockley Oldham
    Armstrong Dickens Hutchinson Parmer
    Bailey Donley Kent Potter
    Baylor Floyd King Randall
    Bowie Foard Knox Red River
    Briscoe Garza Lamar Roberts
    Carson Gray Lamb Sherman
    Cass Hale Lipscomb Stonewall
    Castro Hall Lubbock Swisher
    Childress Hansford Lynn Terry
    Cochran Hardeman Marion Titus
    Collingsworth Harrison Moore Wheeler
    Cottle Hartley Morris Wichita
    Crosby Haskell Motley Wilbarger
    Dallam Hemphill Ochiltree Yoakum

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

    Borden Fannin Jack Shackelford
    Camp Fisher Jones Throckmorton
    Clay Franklin Panola Upshur
    Dawson Gaines Rusk Young
    Delta Gregg Scurry  

    Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties and parishes in ArkansasLouisianaNew Mexico, and Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties and parishes are:

         Little River and Miller


    New Mexico
         Curry, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union


    Beaver Cimarron Harmon Roger Mills
    Beckham Cotton Jackson Texas
    Bryan Ellis McCurtain Tillman

    Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties and parishes have eight months from the date of the declaration — March 8, 2018 — 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 the impacts of this disaster.

    Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but may not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; 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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