WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 20, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
Then on May 28, Perdue designated Aransas County, Texas, as a primary natural disaster area, also due to drought conditions.
This natural disaster designation 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 the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Producers in the contiguous Texas counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Live Oak, and Refugio, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans from the May 20 designation. Producers in the contiguous Texas counties of Calhoun, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio, are eligible to apply for emergency loans from the May 28 designation.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Jan. 6, 2021, for Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties, and Jan. 15, 2021, for Aransas County.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program;Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; 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 farmers.gov/recover.
— USDA Farm Service Agency
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