The Lone Star State's ongoing drought has led the United States Department of Agriculture to designate 213 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas.
Texas sustained excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres, according to a USDA news release.
Many producers lost crops because of the devastation caused by the drought and wildfires, Tom Vilsak, the USDA's agriculture secretary, said in the release.
"President Obama and I want these farmers and ranchers to know that we will support them through the recovery process and help them once again become productive suppliers of food, fiber and fuel that keep America prospering," he said. "This designation will help provide that support."
The affected counties, designated disaster areas June 24, means farmers and ranchers who meet certain criteria are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
In the Crossroads, Bee, Calhoun, Gonzales, DeWitt, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties saw 30 percent or more loss of forage crops, pasture, corn, oats and wheat throughout the drought. Farmers and ranchers in Matagorda and Wharton counties also qualify for disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Those in eligible areas have eight months from the declaration date to apply for loans. Other programs are also available through the USDA, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Programs.
Source: Victoria Advocate
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Posted by John Sheldon on July 13, 2011 at 6:52am
Tonight on 7-12-2011 we witnessed the most amazing lightning show in the Boulder/Denver area of
Colorado. It is hard to explain what we saw. From the perspective of Boulder, CO looking East/South-East,
we saw almost an entire hour of non-stop lightning. Lightning lit up the sky like I have never seen before
It was not anything like a typical lightning show. It was like the atmosphere was electrically charged for
almost an hour. My wife described it like a constant strobe light, with constant lightning. Lightning ripped
through the entire sky every 2-5 seconds. This display was constant for an hour. I was on the phone with
another ning member and we were in awe, speechless. This type of display is hard to describe. There must
be some connection to the EARTH WOBBLE or magnetic influence of Planet PX. The Boulder, CO area has
had more rain in the last few weeks than it normally receives. It is very unusual weather! While much of
the world is in drought, extreme heat, or freezing, Boulder is extremely wet, with spectacular symphonies
of lightning. I thought other ning members would want to know...
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