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USDA Designates Texas, New Mexico Counties As Primary Natural Disaster Areas


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

  • Bexar
  • Edwards
  • Kendall
  • Kinney
  • Webb
  • Dimmit
  • Frio
  • Kerr
  • Medina
  • Zavala

In New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Bernalillo
  • Hidalgo
  • Sierra
  • Valencia
  • Dona Ana
  • Otero
  • Socorro

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

  • Catron
  • Cibola
  • Grant
  • Luna
  • Santa Fe
  • Chaves
  • Eddy
  • Lincoln
  • Sandoval
  • Torrance

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties of Cochise and Greenlee in Arizona, and Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 3, 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.

Source: Southwest Farm Press

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