USDA Designates Counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 60 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: 

Archer

Deaf Smith

Hockley

Oldham

Armstrong

Dickens

Hutchinson

Parmer

Bailey

Donley

Kent

Potter

Baylor

Floyd

King

Randall

Bowie

Foard

Knox

Red River

Briscoe

Garza

Lamar

Roberts

Carson

Gray

Lamb

Sherman

Cass

Hale

Lipscomb

Stonewall

Castro

Hall

Lubbock

Swisher

Childress

Hansford

Lynn

Terry

Cochran

Hardeman

Marion

Titus

Collingsworth

Harrison

Moore

Wheeler

Cottle

Hartley

Morris

Wichita

Crosby

Haskell

Motley

Wilbarger

Dallam

Hemphill

Ochiltree

Yoakum

Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: 

Borden

Fannin

Jack

Shackelford

Camp

Fisher

Jones

Throckmorton

Clay

Franklin

Panola

Upshur

Dawson

Gaines

Rusk

Young

Delta

Gregg

USDA has also designated Bell and Coryell counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous Texas counties of Bosque, Burnet, Falls, Hamilton, Lampasas, McLennan, Milam, and Williamson also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided other eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of March 29, 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 ProgramLivestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramEmergency 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.

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.


Contact: Latawnya Dia
202-720-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov