Wise County is among a group of primary natural disaster counties that were declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster emergency loans in April 2014.
Generally, that means that farmers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production caused by drought April 1, 2013, through Oct. 31, 2013, are eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance are taken into consideration when determining eligibility.
FSA Farm Loan Manager Kelley R. Boone is urging farmers who are interested in receiving an emergency loan to submit their applications to FSA as soon as possible.
“We hope farmers will get their applications in early rather than waiting until near the deadline, which is Dec. 23, 2014,” Boone said. “The longer they wait, the more chance there is for long delays. If the applications come in early, we can avoid backlogs and speed up the process.”
Other eligible counties include Archer, Baylor, Clay, Jack, Knox, Montague, Wichita and Wilbarger.
The FSA office is at 5015 College Dr., Room 1, in Vernon, TX 76384. The phone number is 940-553-3327, ext 2.