Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds, and wildfires occurring from January 1, 2011, and continuing are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office located in Uvalde, Farm Loan Manager, Sara K. Webb said today.
Blanco, Gillespie, and Kendall Counties are three of 254 in Texas recently named by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, eligible for loans to cover part of actual production losses resulting from the drought.
Sara K. Webb said farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 100% of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue the agricultural business, whichever is less. For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 3.75 percent.
“As a general rule, a farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production to be eligible for an FSA emergency loan,” Webb said. Farmers participating in the Federal Crop Insurance program will have to consider proceeds from those programs in determining their loss.
“Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until February 24, 2012, but farmers should apply as soon as possible. Delays in applying could create backlogs in processing, with possible delays into the new farming season,” Webb said.
FSA is a credit agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is authorized to provide disaster emergency loans to recognized farmers who work at and rely on farming for a substantial part of their living.
The FSA office in Uvalde is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Additional Information regarding Disaster Assistance Programs may be found online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.