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Perry seeks drought disaster classification

POSTED: Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 9:59am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:01pm

If approved, qualified farm operators would be eligible for low-interest USDA loans

AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is seeking a federal disaster declaration for all 254 counties dealing with the the devastating Texas drought.

Perry's office released a copy of Friday's emergency request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If approved, qualified farm operators would be eligible for low-interest USDA loans.

Perry says Texas farms and ranches have suffered economic and physical losses due to severe drought conditions. He also cited an "extremely high number" of wildfires across Texas.

The governor also asked President Barack Obama to approve an emergency declaration for 199 Texas counties due to the threat of wildfires.

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