USDA Designates 14 Counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Louisiana

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 14 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 14 Counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Louisiana

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 14 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Angelina

Lee

San Augustine

Burleson

McLennan

Shelby

Caldwell

Nacogdoches

Trinity

Guadalupe

Panola

Williamson

Harrison

Rusk

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

Bastrop

Gonzales

Sabine

Bell

Gregg

San Jacinto

Bexar

Hays

Smith

Bosque

Hill

Travis

Brazos

Houston

Tyler

Burnet

Jasper

Upshur

Cherokee

Limestone

Walker

Comal

Marion

Washington

Coryell

Milam

Wilson

Falls

Polk

Fayette

Robertson

All counties and parishes listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 23, 2015, 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 parishes and 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, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the 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.

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