East Texas Farmers May Request Relief From USDA Loan Program

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – East Texas farmers who suffered losses during the tumultuous weather year of 2021 have a chance to recoup some of their losses through a government loan program.

From a snowstorm in February to torrential rains in spring to scorching summer heat, farmers were hit by a weather dam that drastically reduced their output.

“We had a number one frost and snow disaster declaration. We then had a second disaster declaration for the excessive spring precipitation. Then we had a disaster declaration for drought, excessive temperatures and heat, ”said Roel Garza, USDA Farm Service Agency farm loan manager.

Twenty-three counties in Texas are receiving loans from the USDA to offset the effects of drought, among other weather factors.

“Loans are intended to recover losses due to natural disasters. The emergency loan has a limit of $ 500,000. It’s meant to bring a producer back to where that operation was before the disaster happened, ”Garza said.

Emergency loans can be used to meet a variety of recovery needs, including replacing equipment or livestock, reorganizing farms, or refinancing certain debts.

“The loan would go to producers who have suffered 30 percent of their crop or livestock. Because a disaster declaration is declared, it doesn’t mean everyone in the county would be eligible, ”Garza said.

Agricultural service agencies will review loans based on the extent of losses, available collateral, and repayment capacity.

Producers can apply for the loan through the USDA website.

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