San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 20th, 2009
USDA grants Hays County disaster declaration


Hays County was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a primary natural disaster area for damage and losses caused by drought, above-normal temperatures and associated wildfires.

The declaration allows affected agricultural producers to apply for low-interests loans through the Farm Services Agency (FSA).

“I’m encouraging our agricultural producers to take advantage of these loans to help re-establish their livelihoods,” said Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley), “since even with recent rains our drought situation is extreme, and indications are it will continue.”

Sumter requested the declaration on March 2, after reports showed that some Hays County crops were total losses and ranchers were being forced to sell off their livestock due to lack of water and feed.

The FSA will take applications through Dec. 28, and will consider each application on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, available security and ability to repay.

For more information about loan applications, visit this website, or contact FSA’s area farm loan manager, Raecene Randall, at (830) 379-0932. Randall’s office is located at 3251 North Highway 123 Bypass, in Seguin.

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