Ellis County was declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster emergency loans on July 17.

Generally, that means that farmers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production due to drought are eligible for FSA loans.

Proceeds from crop insurance are taken into consideration when determining eligibility.

FSA Farm Loan Manager Bashir Duale is urging farmers who are interested in receiving an emergency loan to submit their applications in early rather than waiting until near the deadline, which is March 17, 2014.

“The longer they wait, the more chance there is for long delays. If the applications come in early, we can avoid backlogs and speed up the process,” Duale said.

The FSA office is at 1822 FM 66 Suite 100 in Waxahachie.

For additional information, contact the Ellis County FSA office at 972-937-2660.