Gov. Rick Perry declared a disaster in all 254 Texas counties Thursday and asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide disaster relief assistance for Texas farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses because of the dry conditions.
Perry earlier requested drought relief assistance for 113 counties and to date the USDA has approved 54 of the requests.
“Our farmers and ranchers have been suffering from extremely dry conditions, as well as devastating wildfires,” Perry said.
“I am asking the USDA to help all farmers and ranchers in Texas who have been affected so they can recover.”
If the request is approved, qualified farmers and ranchers throughout the state would be eligible for low-interest emergency loans of as much as $500,000.
Perry declared a statewide disaster on Dec. 26 because of the threat of wildfires that resulted from the drought.
President Bush approved the request for a statewide Presidential Disaster Declaration on Jan. 11.