August 4, 2006
August 4, 2006 - This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated counties in Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas as primary agricultural disaster areas.
The entire state of Oklahoma was designated a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by drought, extreme heat and high winds. Factors in South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas included hail, excessive rain, high winds and drought.
Qualified farmer operators in these areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency and have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
A map indicating the designated counties can be accessed at: https://disasterhelp.gov/portal/jhtml/usda/usdamap.jhtml