USDA designates Panola County as a disaster area due to drought

Farmers, producers in contiguous Texas counties as well as Louisiana parishes of Caddo, DeSoto also eligible to apply for emergency loans

USDA designates Panola County as a disaster area due to drought
Producers in the Texas counties of Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Shelby and Smith and the Louisiana parishes of Caddo and DeSoto are among those now are eligible to apply for emergency loans to help them recover from the drought.

(KSLA) - The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared Panola and two other Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas.

The designation means producers in Panola as well as Rusk and Zapata counties who suffered losses due to a drought may be eligible for emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

It also means producers in the contiguous Texas counties - Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Jim Hogg, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Smith, Starr and Webb - and the Louisiana parishes of Caddo and DeSoto also are eligible to apply for the loans.

The declaration lets the Farm Service Agency extend emergency credit to producers to help them replace equipment or livestock, reorganize their farms or refinance certain debts.

Producers have until May 13 to apply for an emergency loan.

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