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Emergency Designation News Releases

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Release 0069.14

 
Tanya Brown
202-690-4585

 

 
USDA Designates 240 Counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Area

 
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 240 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. Those counties are:

 
Anderson
Dimmit
Jones
Randall
Andrews
Donley
Karnes
Reagan
Aransas
Duval
Kaufman
Real
Archer
Eastland
Kendall
Red River
Armstrong
Ector
Kenedy
Reeves
Atascosa
Edwards
Kent
Refugio
Austin
Ellis
Kerr
Roberts
Bailey
El Paso
Kimble
Robertson
Bandera
Erath
King
Rockwall
Bastrop
Falls
Kinney
Runnels
Baylor
Fannin
Kleberg
Rusk
Bee
Fayette
Knox
San Jacinto
Bell
Fisher
Lamar
San Patricio
Bexar
Floyd
Lamb
San Saba
Blanco
Foard
Lampasas
Schleicher
Borden
Fort Bend
La Salle
Scurry
Bosque
Franklin
Lavaca
Shackelford
Bowie
Freestone
Lee
Sherman
Brazoria
Frio
Leon
Smith
Brazos
Gaines
Liberty
Somervell
Briscoe
Galveston
Limestone
Starr
Brooks
Garza
Lipscomb
Stephens
Brown
Gillespie
Live Oak
Sterling
Burleson
Glasscock
Llano
Stonewall
Burnet
Goliad
Lubbock
Sutton
Caldwell
Gonzales
Lynn
Swisher
Calhoun
Gray
McCulloch
Tarrant
Callahan
Grayson
McLennan
Taylor
Cameron
Gregg
McMullen
Terrell
Camp
Grimes
Madison
Terry
Carson
Guadalupe
Marion
Throckmorton
Cass
Hale
Martin
Titus
Castro
Hall
Mason
Tom Green
Cherokee
Hamilton
Matagorda
Travis
Childress
Hansford
Maverick
Trinity
Clay
Hardeman
Medina
Upshur
Cochran
Harris
Menard
Upton
Coke
Harrison
Midland
Uvalde
Coleman
Hartley
Milam
Val Verde
Collin
Haskell
Mills
Van Zandt
Collingsworth
Hays
Mitchell
Victoria
Colorado
Hemphill
Montague
Walker
Comal
Henderson
Montgomery
Waller
Comanche
Hidalgo
Moore
Ward
Concho
Hill
Morris
Washington
Cooke
Hockley
Motley
Webb
Coryell
Hood
Navarro
Wharton
Cottle
Hopkins
Nolan
Wheeler
Crane
Houston
Nueces
Wichita
Crockett
Howard
Ochiltree
Wilbarger
Crosby
Hudspeth
Oldham
Willacy
Culberson
Hunt
Palo Pinto
Williamson
Dallam
Hutchinson
Panola
Wilson
Dallas
Irion
Parker
Winkler
Dawson
Jack
Parmer
Wise
Deaf Smith
Jackson
Pecos
Wood
Delta
Jeff Davis
Polk
Yoakum
Denton
Jim Hogg
Potter
Young
DeWitt
Jim Wells
Presidio
Zapata
Dickens
Johnson
Rains
Zavala

 
"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 contiguous counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Angelina
Hardin
Nacogdoches
Brewster
Jefferson
Shelby
Chambers
Loving
Tyler

 
Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Arkansas
Little River and Miller

 
Louisiana
Caddo and De Soto

 
New Mexico
Curry
Eddy
Otero
Roosevelt
Dona Ana
Lea
Quay
Union

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

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on April 23, 2014, 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 (LFP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). 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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USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

 

 

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