The streamlined disaster designation process issues a drought disaster declaration when a county has experienced a drought intensity value of at least a D2 (severe drought) level for eight consecutive weeks based on the U.S. Drought Monitor during the crop year.
The following counties were designated as primary disaster counties: DeWitt, Gray and Karnes.
The following 15 counties were designated as contiguous disaster counties: Armstrong, Atascosa, Bee, Carson, Collingsworth, Donley, Goliad, Gonzales, Hemphill, Lavaca, Live Oak, Roberts, Victoria, Wheeler and Wilson.
"The disaster designation is welcome relief to producers because it allows all qualified operators in primary and contiguous counties to apply for a low interest emergency (EM) loan," said Canales.
Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine.
Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.
For more information about emergency loans, please contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.