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Emergency Designation News Releases

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Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506

 
Release No. 0061.11

 

 
Tanya Brown (202) 690-4585

 

 
USDA Designates 213 Counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

 
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 213 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas after one of the worst droughts in more than a century. The state sustained excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres.

 
"Many producers have lost their crops due to the devastation caused by the drought and wildfires," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I want these farmers and ranchers to know that we will support them through the recovery process and help them once again become productive suppliers of food, fiber and fuel that keep America prospering. This designation will help provide that support."

 
The drought, wildfires and other natural disasters - which began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues - caused 30 percent or more loss of forage crops, pasture, corn, oats and wheat in the following counties:

 
Anderson
Delta
Jim Hogg
Potter
Andrews
Denton
Jim Wells
Presidio
Angelina
Dickens
Johnson
Rains
Aransas
Donley
Jones
Randall
Archer
Duval
Karnes
Reagan
Armstrong
Eastland
Kendall
Reeves
Atascosa
Edwards
Kenedy
Refugio
Austin
El Paso
Kent
Roberts
Bailey
Ellis
Kerr
Robertson
Bandera
Erath
Kimble
Rusk
Bastrop
Fayette
King
Sabine
Baylor
Fisher
Kleberg
San Augustine
Bee
Floyd
Knox
San Jacinto
Bell
Foard
La Salle
San Patricio
Blanco
Fort Bend
Lamar
San Saba
Bosque
Franklin
Lamb
Schleicher
Bowie
Freestone
Lampasas
Scurry
Brazoria
Frio
Lavaca
Shackelford
Brazos
Galveston
Lee
Shelby
Brewster
Garza
Leon
Sherman
Briscoe
Gillespie
Liberty
Smith
Brooks
Glasscock
Limestone
Somervell
Brown
Goliad
Lipscomb
Starr
Burleson
Gonzales
Live Oak
Stephens
Burnet
Gray
Loving
Sterling
Caldwell
Gregg
Lubbock
Stonewall
Calhoun
Grimes
Lynn
Sutton
Callahan
Guadalupe
Madison
Swisher
Cameron
Hale
Marion
Taylor
Camp
Hall
Martin
Terrell
Cass
Hamilton
McCulloch
Throckmorton
Castro
Hansford
McLennan
Titus
Chambers
Hardeman
McMullen
Tom Green
Cherokee
Hardin
Medina
Travis
Childress
Harris
Menard
Trinity
Clay
Harrison
Midland
Tyler
Cochran
Hartley
Mills
Upshur
Coke
Haskell
Mitchell
Upton
Coleman
Hays
Montgomery
Val Verde
Collin
Hemphill
Moore
Victoria
Collingsworth
Hidalgo
Morris
Walker
Colorado
Hockley
Motley
Waller
Comal
Hood
Nacogdoches
Washington
Comanche
Hopkins
Newton
Webb
Concho
Houston
Nolan
Wheeler
Cooke
Howard
Ochiltree
Wichita
Coryell
Hudspeth
Oldham
Wilbarger
Cottle
Hutchinson
Orange
Willacy
Crockett
Irion
Palo Pinto
Wood
Crosby
Jack
Panola
Young
Culberson
Jackson
Parker
Zapata
Dallam
Jasper
Parmer
De Witt
Jeff Davis
Pecos
Deaf Smith
Jefferson
Polk

 
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

 
Bexar
Grayson
Montague
Ward
Borden
Henderson
Navarro
Wharton
Carson
Hill
Nueces
Williamson
Crane
Hunt
Real
Wilson
Dallas
Kaufman
Red River
Winkler
Dawson
Kinney
Rockwall
Wise
Dimmit
Llano
Runnels
Yoakum
Ector
Mason
Tarrant
Zavala
Falls
Matagorda
Terry
Fannin
Maverick
Uvalde
Gaines
Milam
Van Zandt

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

 
Arkansas
Little
River
Miller

 
Louisiana
Beauregard
Calcasieu
De Soto
Vernon
Caddo
Cameron
Sabine

 
New Mexico
Curry
Eddy
Otero
Roosevelt
Dona Ana
Lea
Quay
Union

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

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas June 24, 2011, 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.

 
USDA also has 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.

 
FSA news releases are available on FSA's website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov http://www.fsa.usda.govvia the "News and Events" link.

 

 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

 

 

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