Governor Requests USDA Assistance for Nine Counties
Gov. Rick Perry has requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency provide disaster relief assistance for nine counties where farms and ranches have experienced damage due to the continuing effects of excessive temperatures and drought. The affected counties include Coryell, Grayson, Henderson, Johnson, Rockwall, Shelby, Tarrant, Upshur and Van Zandt counties.
Officials with these counties said drought conditions, generally beginning in April, have persisted through the summer and fall. The normally wet month of May produced little or no rain in Texas this year, leaving vegetation extremely dry in many areas.
If the USDA request is approved, qualified farm operators in designated counties will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production for physical losses, or a maximum of $500,000. The agency offers additional programs, such as technical assistance, to eligible farmers.