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Posted Thu Jun 30 2011: from KPCD:
Drought, wildfires lead to natural disaster declaration by USDA
In all, 213 counties in Texas have lost at least 30 percent of their crops or pasture due to the drought and wildfires, according to the USDA. By declaring a natural disaster, farmers and ranchers will be able to qualify for emergency loans at lower interest rates. Every county in the South Plains is eligible. Tuesday we talked to South Plains farmers about the declaration. "This is a disaster," Scott Harmon continued. "This is a train wreck." Harmon's family has been farming land just south of Idalou since the 1920's. "We've never seen anything like this before," Harmon told us. "People are scared, they don't know what to do and what's going to happen to them next."
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