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USDA designates 37 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas
By USDA
Sep 18, 2018
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Emergency support to producers in surrounding counties/border state also available

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 37 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Camp, Coleman, Collin, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Crockett, Delta, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Franklin, Gregg, Hamilton, Hopkins, Irion, Jack, Kendall, Kimble, Lampasas, Leon, Limestone, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, Palo Pinto, Robertson, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Somervell, Sutton, Tom Green, and Upshur counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinance certain debts.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Anderson, Archer, Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Comal, Coryell, Crane, Dallas, Denton, Edwards, Falls, Fannin, Freestone, Gillespie, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Houston, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Kerr, Lamar, Llano, McLennan, Madison, Marion, Mason, Milam, Montague, Morris, Navarro, Nolan, Parker, Pecos, Rains, Reagan, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shackelford, Smith, Stephens, Sterling, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Titus, Travis, Upton, Val Verde, Williamson, Wise, Wood and Young counties in Texas, along with Love County, Oklahoma, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is April 22, 2019.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of addition programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do 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.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

  • Primary Texas Counties:

Blanco

Comanche

Ellis

Irion

Limestone

Runnels

Upshur

Brown

Concho

Erath

Jack

McCulloch

San Saba

 

Burnet

Cooke

Franklin

Kendall

Menard

Schleicher

 

Camp

Crockett

Gregg

Kimble

Mills

Somervell

 

Coleman

Delta

Hamilton

Lampasas

Palo Pinto

Sutton

 

Collin

Eastland

Hopkins

Leon

Robertson

Tom Green

 

 

  • Contiguous Texas Counties:

Anderson

Coke

Gillespie

Kaufman

Morris

Shackelford

Val Verde

Archer

Comal

Grayson

Kerr

Navarro

Smith

Williamson

Bandera

Coryell

Harrison

Lamar

Nolan

Stephens

Wise

Bell

Crane

Hays

Llano

Parker

Sterling

Wood

Bexar

Dallas

Henderson

Madison

Pecos

Tarrant

Young

Bosque

Denton

Hill

Marion

Rains

Taylor

 

Brazos

Edwards

Hood

Mason

Reagan

Terrell

 

Burleson

Falls

Houston

McLennan

Red River

Titus

 

Callahan

Fannin

Hunt

Milam

Rockwall

Travis

 

Clay

Freestone

Johnson

Montague

Rusk

Upton