Disaster relief funds allocated for area


WASHINGTON — The department of agriculture has approved a natural disaster designation to Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as part of a broader disaster designation covering a number of West Texas counties, according to a press release from Senator Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Anne Veneman has granted the designation for five New Mexico counties and 14 counties in Texas.

The New Mexico counties are included as areas contiguous to the primary disaster designation, which makes federal aid available to farm operators affected in the counties, according to the release.

Curry and Roosevelt counties were included in the affected area surrounding Bailey County, that suffered losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, hail, high winds, and lightning on Oct. 5.

Curry and Quay counties were designated contiguous to Deaf Smith County, Texas, in regards to the results of hail on Aug. 12, and excessive rain and hail from Sept. 22.

The designation will allow farmers in the eligible counties to apply for Farm Service Agency low-interest emergency loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability, according to the release.