The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Armstrong, Callahan, Clay, Coleman, Jack and Taylor counties in Texasas primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by high winds, hail, tornadoes and flooding that occurred from May 1, 2016, through June 24, 2016.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Farmers and ranchers in Cotton and Jefferson counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 21, 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.
Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include 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.
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott also declared a disaster for the counties of Atascosa and Wilson due to a severe weather and flash flooding event that occurred Aug. 20 and 21. Click or tap here to read the declaration at the Texas Department of Agriculture..