Congressman Gonzalez Announces Hidalgo and Brooks Counties Named Primary Disaster Counties
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Hidalgo and Brooks Counties were designated as primary disaster counties and Duval, Jim Hogg, Live Oak were designated as contiguous disaster counties by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue qualifying them for federal assistance.
“Due to ongoing drought conditions in South Texas, USDA Secretary Purdue has designated several counties as disaster counties,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This designation will help our struggling counties and farmers by providing access to federal resources to combat these circumstances. I encourage those in the 15th District of Texas affected by these conditions to apply for these resources.”
A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) including FSA emergency loans.
Farm Service Agency Contact Information:
BROOKS-JIM HOGG COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
123 COUNTY ROAD 205
FALFURRIAS, TX 78355
(361) 325-2272 ext 2
DUVAL COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
141 W. Main
Benavides, Texas 78341-0509
Phone: (361) 256-3342 ext. 2
Fax (844) 496-7092
HIDALGO COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
2514 S Veteran BLVD
EDINBURG, TX 78539-7026
(956) 381-0916 ext 2
LIVE OAK – MCMULLEN COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
200 E. Bowie St. Ste. C
George West, TX 78022
Phone: (361) 449-2241 ext 2
Fax: (844) 496-7086
Congressman Gonzalez remains committed to supporting farmers, ranchers, and all Central and South Texans that may be in need of federal assistance.
For more information on USDA drought disaster updates, click here.