USDA Offers 145 Counties Across OK, TX, MO, AR and KS Emergency Drought Relief AssistanceThu, 30 Aug 2018 14:27:46 CDT
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 50 counties in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. An additional 95 contiguous counties across Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas are eligible also.
This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinance certain debts.
The Secretary’s primary designation includes Love County in Oklahoma; Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Camp, Coleman, Collin, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Crockett, Delta, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Franklin, Gregg, Hamilton, Hopkins, Irion, Jack, Kendall, Kimble, Lampasas, Leon, Limestone, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, Palo Pinto, Robertson, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Somervell, Sutton, Tom Green and Upshur Counties in Texas; and Audrain, Barry, Barton, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, Moniteau, Monroe and Newton Counties in Missouri.
Contiguous counties eligible to apply for emergency assistance includes Carter, Jefferson, Marshall and Ottawa in Oklahoma; Anderson, Archer, Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Comal, Cook , Coryell, Crane, Dallas, Denton, Edwards, Falls, Fannin, Freestone, Gillespie, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Houston, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Kerr, Lamar, Llano, McLennan, Madison, Marion, Mason, Milam, Montague, Morris, Navarro, Nolan, Parker, Pecos, Rains, Reagan, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shackelford, Smith, Stephens, Sterling, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Titus, Travis, Upton, Val Verde, Williamson, Wise, Wood and Young in Texas; Cedar, Christian, Cole, Greene, Howard, McDonald, Macon, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Pike, Polk, Ralls, Randolph, Saline, Shelby, Stone and Vernon in Missouri; Benton and Carroll in Arkansas; and Cherokee and Crawford in Kansas.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is April 22, 2019.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of addition programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do 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.
Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.
Source - USDA
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