USDA designates Houston County drought disaster area due to losses
Houston County Courier
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 39 counties in Texas, including Houston County, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred March 1 – Dec. 31, 2010. “President Obama and I understand these conditions caused producers to suffer significant losses to forage crops and pasture, and we want to help,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses.” Other counties with the disaster declaration include Angelina, Cherokee, Hardeman, Lee, Montgomery, Shelby, Blanco, Clay, Hood, Leon, Nacogdoches, Somervell, Bowie, Coleman, Madison, Parker, Sutton, Brazos, Fort Bend, Howard, McCulloch , Robertson, Taylor, Burleson, Gillespie, Jack, Mills, Rusk, Trinity, Callahan, Grimes, Jefferson, Mitchell, Schleicher, Walker, Cass, Hamilton and Lamar.