Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506
Release No. 1513.09
André Kok (202) 720-9733
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Bowie County in Texas as a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by excessive flooding that occurred from July 27 through August 2, 2009.
"President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to the area and serious harm to farms in Texas and we want to help," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered production losses to corn, rice, sorghum, soybeans and pecans as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred in 2009."
Texas producers in Cass, Morris and Red River counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Producers in Little River and Miller counties in Arkansas and McCurtain County in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Nov. 23, 2009, 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 variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster 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
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