For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Gallego Announces Drought Relief for 22 Counties in the 23rd District of Texas
Federal assistance through USDA
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) announced federal drought relief assistance for 22 counties in the 23rd District of Texas. The assistance comes through a declaration by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"Our farmers and ranchers have been hit by a terrible drought in Texas," he said. "Now, these businessmen and women can seek help and protect their farms and ranchlands through an emergency loan. I will continue to work with Secretary Vilsack, and the House Agriculture Committee to make resources available for this."
Secretary Vilsack designated 108 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. These counties suffered from a "drought intensity value during the growing season for eight or more consecutive weeks," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those primary natural disaster counties that qualify for federal relief are:
As part of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, under a similar classification, Secretary Vilsack designated contiguous counties, near counties affected by the drought, to also receive federal relief. Those counties are:
A disaster designation makes farmers in primary counties and those counties near primary counties eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans. 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 farmer.
To contact West Texas FSA offices, click here.
For more information about this, contact U.S. Rep. Gallego's offices in Texas by visiting www.gallego.house.gov.