Drought Assistance Available for Brazos Valley Farmers

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A lack of rain in the early parts of 2007 has led to a disaster declaration from the USDA.

The state's agriculture commissioner, Todd Staples, made the announcement Tuesday that Brazos and the West Texas' Ector County have both been designated as primary natural disaster areas. Both have experienced drought conditions in the past few months, so the state made the request to USDA to assist producers.

As a result, six counties neighboring Brazos are also eligible for low interest emergency loans: Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington.

Area producers who qualify have eight months to apply from the declaration, which is retroactive to March 21.

Those producers who are interested in loans can contact local USDA Service Centers for more information, or click on the Related Link below.