EAST TEXAS (KETK) – The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting emergency loan applications for farms due to damage and losses caused by droughts on June 21, 2022 and after.
Farmers in need of emergency credit are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid potential backlogs that could cause delays. The closing date for entries is April 17, 2023.
In general, farmers who have lost 30% of their production or property damage due to the disaster are eligible for the emergency loans.
“This gives farmers a loan to continue operations. It covers the losses they incur,” said Clinton Warrick, Smith County farm loan manager.
Smith County Farms Service Agency located at 4209 Republic Drive, Tyler, 903-405-5676, is accepting applications for Anderson County, Gregg County, Henderson County and Upshur County.
Titus County Farms Service Agency located at 1809 W Ferguson Road #A, Mt. Pleasant, 903-572-3361, is accepting applications for Camp County and Franklin County.
Hopkins County Farms Service Agency located at 530 Hillcrest Drive North, 903-885-4433, is accepting applications for Rains County and Wood County.
“What the price of gas was, what the price of fertilizer was, what the price was of even getting help in the fields, what you had to pay them. I’m sure most growers are struggling to make their margins,” said Scott Anderson of Echo Springs Blueberry Farm.
For more information on disaster relief programs, visit the USDA Farm Service Agency website at disaster relief programs.