USDA Declares 11 Counties in 34TH District of Texas in Drought

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POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 11:13am

Farm Service Agency will provide assistance and support to South Texas counties

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela released details about resources and assistance available to the 11 counties in the 34th District of Texas affected by the drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency, through the Disaster Assistance Program, declared the following counties in drought: Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Kleberg, Kenedy, Jim Wells, Bee, Goliad, DeWitt, San Patricio and Gonzales.

 

The categories covered under the Disaster Assistance Program are crop loss, livestock loss and damaged farm property. More information about the program along with directions to request assistance are available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/disasterfsaprograms.pdf.

 

“After visiting a number of communities in South Texas, I have seen the impacts of the drought firsthand, and I know how important this designation is for our state. In my position as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I will work to expand and improve disaster relief and other programs that are critical to South Texas agriculture,” Vela said. “During the past few years, the State of Texas has experienced serious drought conditions affecting farmers, ranchers and all Texans. This assistance will help them recover their losses during these tough economic times. I encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify for assistance to contact my office or the USDA directly.”

 

Congressman Vela’s Washington, D.C.’s, office telephone number is (202) 225-9901; his district office telephone number is (956) 544-8352. Local USDA Offices can be reached at the locations below:

 

SAN BENITO SERVICE CENTER
2315 W FRONTAGE HWY 83
SAN BENITO, TX 78586
(956) 399-2522
(956) 399-0033 fax

 

EDINBURG SERVICE CENTER
2514 S VETERANS BLVD
EDINBURG, TX 78539-7026
(956) 383-3002
(956) 383-6088 fax

 

RAYMONDVILLE SERVICE CENTER
255 FM 3168
RAYMONDVILLE, TX 78580-3607
(956) 689-2542
(956) 689-3099 fax

 

KINGSVILLE SERVICE CENTER
401 E KING AVE
KINGSVILLE, TX 78363-5666
(361) 592-0309

 

BEEVILLE SERVICE CENTER
1400 W CORPUS CHRISTI ST
BEEVILLE, TX 78102-5404
(361) 358-3343
(361) 358-0701 fax

 

REFUGIO SERVICE CENTER
603 E EMPRESARIO ST
REFUGIO, TX 78377-3118
(361) 526-2531
(361) 526-4530 fax

 

CUERO SERVICE CENTER
1135 N ESPLANADE ST
CUERO, TX 77954
(361) 275-5751
(361) 275-8477 fax

 

GONZALES SERVICE CENTER
920 N SAINT JOSEPH ST STE 136
GONZALES, TX 78629-3559
(830) 672-8371
(830) 672-2577 fax

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