SAN ANGELO — As temperatures reaching the 100s becomes more common in the Concho Valley area, San Angelo city officials took a moment to remind area farmers about drought relief in a news release Friday.
"Farmers in the Concho Valley may be eligible to qualify for Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance for damages or losses caused by drought occurring April 12, 2022, and continuing, the release stated. "This designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for low interest emergency loans from the FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met."
These loans are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Applications for the emergency loans can be sent through Dec. 19, 2022, for production and physical losses. The FSA will judge applications with considerations to "the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability," according to the release.
There are several service centers in Tom Green County, which can assist. Those locations are:
San Angelo Service Center, 3514 Devonian Drive.
Farm Service Agency Office, 3514 Devonian Drive, Suite A. Phone: 325-653-1246. Email: Michael Sturm at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural Resources Office, 3514 Devonian Drive, Suite C. Call 325-655-3521, extension 3. Email: Kendall Tidwell at Kendall.email@example.com. This office also provides services to conservation programs.
For more information on the program, visit farmers.gov.
Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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