USDA DECLARES 11 COUNTIES IN 34TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS IN DROUGHT

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

January 18, 2013

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