The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated counties and parishes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Scroll down to see what counties are affected. Each state has received its own declaration, with contiguous counties also eligible. If you don’t see your county covered but your county borders another state, check that state’s list as well.
Click the following links to go to your state: Texas Oklahoma Louisiana Arkansas
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties and parishes have eight months from the date of the declaration — March 8, 2018 — 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 the impacts of this disaster.
Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but may 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. 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.
Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:
Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties and parishes in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties and parishes are:
Arkansas: Little River and Miller
New Mexico: Curry, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:
Arkansas: Benton, Crawford, Little River, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier and Washington
Kansas: Baber, Clark, Comanche, Harper, Meade, Morton, Seward, Stevens and Sumner
New Mexico: Union
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Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous parishes in Avoyelles, Concordia, Rapides and Vernon in Louisiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:
Arkansas: Ashley, Chicot, Columbia, Lafayette, Miller and Union
Mississippi: Adams, Claiborne, Issaquena, Jefferson and Warren
Texas: Cass, Harrison, Marion, Newton, Panola, Sabine and Shelby
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Arkansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are Benton, Chicot, Craighead, Desha, Jackson, Monroe, Phillips and Woodruff.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous parishes and counties in Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Those parishes and counties are:
Louisiana: Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Morehouse, Union and Webster
Missouri: Barry, Butler, Dunklin, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Ripley, Stone and Taney
Oklahoma: Adair, Le Flore, McCurtain and Sequoyah
Texas: Bowie and Cass
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov.