The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that farm operators that sustained losses caused by Hurricane Humberto are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The USDA has reviewed the Damage Assessment Report for Jefferson County, along with additional information submitted by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and has determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Jefferson County has been named a primary natural disaster area and Liberty County named a contiguous disaster county.

Hurricane Humberto caught most of the folks in Southeast Texas unprepared, said Poe. While a majority of our area was spared from any significant damage, our farmers did sustain loses from this unpredicted hurricane. This announcement comes as good news to the many farmers in both Jefferson and Liberty counties still recovering from Hurricane Rita.

This designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. FSA will consider each application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.

Chambers, Hardin, and Orange were also named contiguous disaster counties by the USDA. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information.