USDA Disaster Designation Makes FSA Funding Available To Eligible Farmers

The Farm Service Agency, responding to the Texas Acting State Executive Director Erasmo Trevino’s request of April 1, on April 11, has made funding available to help farmers in 10 Texas counties, 26 contiguous Texas counties – including Hopkins – and three contiguous Oklahoma Counties who experienced physical damage and losses from the winter weather that occurred Feb. 2-28, 2000.

FSA made emergency loans available available to Bexar, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kinney, Maverick, Real and Uvalde Counties due to physical damage and losses caused by a winter storm that occurred Feb. 2-28, 2022.

Atascosa, Bandera, Collin, Comal, Dallas, Delta, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Guadalupe, Hopkins, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Lamar, Medina, Montague, Rains, Rockwall, Tarrant, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Webb, Wilson, Wise and Zavala Counties were named as contiguous, where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA emergency physical loss loan assistance, pursuant to section 321 (a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.

Also, in accordance with section 321 (a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, counties
in an adjacent State that are contiguous to one or more of the designated Texas counties, are named as
contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance. For this
designation, the affected States and counties in Oklahoma are Bryan, Love and Marshal.

“The disaster designation notifies both primary and contiguous counties that family farmers may qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. The FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator,” according to Nathan Carroll, Texas Division of Emergency Management District Coordinator.

Emergency management loan applications will be received through December 12, 2022 for severe physical losses only, in accordance with the provisions of 7 CFR 759, Section 759.6 (2).

Author: Faith Huffman

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