USDA Designates 2 Oklahoma Counties as Secondary Natural Disaster Areas, Promising AssistanceTue, 29 Nov 2016 16:23:27 CST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Bowie, Cass, Morris, Red River and Titus counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.
“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 Camp, Delta, Franklin, Lamar, Marion and Upshur counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Little River and Miller
Choctaw and McCurtain
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Nov. 23, 2016, 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.
Source - USDA
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