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A TSCRA Member Benefit

Counties in Texas, Oklahoma, designated primary natural disaster areas

Agricultural producers in Zavala County, Texas, who suffered losses and damages due to a recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in the contiguous counties of Dimmit, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina and Uvalde in Texas are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. Additionally, agricultural producers in Craig and Ottawa counties in Oklahoma who suffered losses and damages due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in the contiguous counties of Delaware, Mayes, Nowata and Rogers are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. 

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Aug 14, 2018

Nearly $2 billion now available for eligible producers affected by 2017 hurricanes, wildfires

Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through Nov. 16, 2018. The program, known as the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) was authorized by Congress earlier this year by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Agricultural production losses due to conditions caused by last year’s wildfires and hurricanes, including excessive rain, high winds, flooding, mudslides, fire, and heavy smoke, could qualify for assistance through the program. Typically, 2017 WHIP is only designed to provide assistance for production losses, however, if quality was taken into consideration under the insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy, where production was further adjusted, the adjusted production will be used in calculating assistance under this program. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion, Disaster, Harvey Read more... Jul 17, 2018

Major Disaster Declaration approved for April wildfires in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced on June 25 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state’s request for disaster assistance for five counties impacted by wildfires that occurred April 11-20. The approval means federal funding is available to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs and other eligible costs. Disaster assistance is approved for Custer, Dewey, Harmon, Roger Mills and Woodward counties. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... Jun 26, 2018

Gov. Abbott issues state disaster declaration for South Texas severe weather, flooding

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration on June 21 for six Texas counties impacted by severe weather and flooding. Prior to Thursday’s declaration, the governor authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions to aid in response efforts. Counties included in the disaster declaration are Aransas, Cameron, Hidalgo, Nueces, San Patricio and Willacy. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... Jun 22, 2018

USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from cattle loss, other disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress earlier this year. Beginning June 4, FSA will accept new applications for losses for calendar year 2017 or 2018 filed under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) or Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). Producers who already submitted applications and received decisions on their applications for these years do not need to file again, but they can reapply if they have additional losses or their application was disapproved because it was filed late. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... May 31, 2018

Gov. Fallin seeks assistance for wildfires and severe storms

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for six counties impacted by wildfires and severe weather that occurred April 11-20. If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs, debris removal, and other eligible costs. The counties in the request are: Custer, Dewey, Harmon, Pushmataha, Roger Mills and Woodward. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... May 29, 2018

Low interest loans available for Oklahoma producers impacted by natural disasters

Agricultural producers in Oklahoma who lost property in two recent natural disasters are eligible for physical loss loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these loans for losses caused by fire, blizzard and high winds. FSA is offering these low-interest emergency loans to producers with a qualifying loss in the counties named below. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers in designated and contiguous counties to apply for loans for physical losses is Jan. 9, 2019. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... May 21, 2018

Texas Panhandle wildfire burns 74,000 acres

The Mallard Fire has burned just over 116 sq. miles of primarily pasture land 25 miles southeast from Amarillo in the past week and is still burning. There have been no reports of cattle killed by the fire, however there has been a substantial amount of pasture loss. The JA Ranch, a historic ranch founded in 1876, has had a large amount of acreage burned by the Mallard Fire and three other smaller fires that were started by lightning on May 8. Cattle on the ranch have been moved within pastures to avoid fires but none have been evacuated. –Drovers CattleNetwork Read more… 

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... May 16, 2018

National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Make a plan for pets and livestock

Before the storm is the best time to make a plan for what to do with pets and other ranch animals in a hurricane, tropical storm or another natural disaster. Make sure you know what to do with your pets and livestock before, during and after. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion Read more... May 11, 2018

USDA designates Texas counties Primary Natural Disaster Areas 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Edwards, Kinney and Val Verde counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Crockett, Kerr, Kimble, Maverick, Real, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde and Zavala in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Read more…

General Discussion, Disaster Read more... May 03, 2018