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USDA designates 60 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas with assistance to producers in surrounding states

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.

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 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties and parishes are:
Arkansas
Little River and Miller

Louisiana
Caddo

New Mexico
Curry, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union

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

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. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Source: USDA FSA

 

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