Sometimes it seems like it will never rain. Sometimes it doesn’t stop.
The Agricultural Services Agency reports that the unpredictability of weather in East Texas has landed Henderson County in multiple disaster declarations over the past year.
Applications for emergency agricultural loans for damages and losses caused by these weather events are being accepted according to FSA spokesman Clinton Warrick.
“Farmers should apply as soon as possible,” Warrick said. “Delays in demand could create backlogs in processing, with possible delays in the new agricultural season.
Farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue farming, whichever is lower.
“As a general rule, a farmer must have suffered a loss of agricultural production of at least 30% or suffered a physical loss to be eligible for an FSA emergency loan under the disaster designation,” Warrick said.
Events eligible for loans are:
S5088 – based on damage and loss caused by excessive humidity that occurred from April 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021 for Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties.
S5158 – based on drought damage and losses occurring Dec. 8, 2021 and continuing for Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Van Zandt counties.
N1531 – based on damage and losses from severe storms and tornadoes from March 21, 2022 through March 30, 2022 for Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur counties.
S5174 – based on drought damage and losses occurring November 1, 2021 and continuing for Gregg, Henderson, Smith, Upshur and Van Zandt counties.
The Henderson County office is located at 201 US Highway 175 West.
The phone number is 903-675-3259 with office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information regarding disaster assistance programs can be found online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Since the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, the FSA has invested an average of $1 billion each year in the stability of our state’s agricultural system.