7.31.06 Gov. Henry
Announces USDA Assistance Approved for
Oklahoma Farmers, Ranchers
In response to a request by Gov. Brad
Henry, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Johanns has approved a Secretarial
natural disaster designation for all
77 counties in Oklahoma. The designation
arrives in the wake of drought, extreme
heat and high winds that have plagued
Oklahoma farmers and ranchers over the
past two years.
The July 27 letter from
Johanns to Gov. Henry notes that a review
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
determined there were sufficient production
losses to warrant the natural disaster
Under the designation,
Oklahoma producers are eligible to be
considered for low-interest loans from
the USDAs Farm Service Agency
The Governor, who requested
the assistance June 6, said the designation
is welcome news.
farmers and ranchers have endured serious
difficulties month after month as the
result of an unforgiving drought and
severe heat, he said.
What our farmers
and ranchers need most of all is relief
from the drought, but this disaster
designation can at least alleviate some
of the hardships they have faced.
Farmers and ranchers
interested in further information are
asked to contact their local FSA offices.