Congressman Pete Gallego Announces USDA Drought Relief Assistance For 22 Counties In CD-23

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Great news going out by Congressman Pete Gallego to Texas' 23rd congressional district.

In a press release sent out this week, Gallego (D-Alpine) announced 22 counties that are part of CD-23 will begin to receive federal drought relief assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The much needed initiative was made possible through a declaration by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

“Our farmers and ranchers have been hit by a terrible drought in Texas,” said Gallego in the press release. “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.”

Check out the complete press release below the jump, which highlights the 22 counties.

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

For more information, contact Jose Borjon or Markel Bilbao-Mate

E-mail: jose.borjon@mail.house.gov or markel.bilbao-mate@mail.house.gov

Office: (202) 225-4511

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:

Bexar

Dimmit

Edwards

Frio

Kinney

La Salle

Medina

Terrell

Uvalde

Val Verde

Zavala

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:

Brewster

Crane

Crockett

Maverick

Pecos

Reagan

Schleicher

Sutton

Upton

Ward

Winkler

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.

Gallego.House.Gov

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