County added to the list of natural disasters | News

Henderson County farmers are now eligible for some Federal assistance after the Secretary of Agriculture named it as one of 62 contiguous counties hit by heavy rains from April to August.

On Oct. 22, Texas counties were designated as major natural disaster areas due to injuries and losses caused by excessive rainfall.

According to the USDA, the designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency if the requirements are met. eligibility requirements. The FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, available security, and solvency.

The application deadline for production and physical losses is June 7, 2022.

Henderson County rainfall for five months was more than normal. After a relatively normal April, when 3.16 inches was recorded, total rainfall rose to 8.94 inches in May, 5.27 in June, 6.01 in July and 4.28 in August.

The April-August total of 27.66 inches was more than the normal rainfall of 17.38.

For the second consecutive year, spring rains were heavy on hay production in East Texas.

“There are fields they can’t get into the mindset,” Henderson County AgriLife Extension Agent Spencer Perkins said in July. “The longer it sits there it starts to lie down and is harder to cut and harder to equipment.”

To file a Notice of Loss or to inquire about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.

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