U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director James B. Douglass announced Jan. 14 that 207 counties in Texas were declared a disaster on Jan. 9, due to drought and heat, using the new, streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any of the 157 primary disaster counties or 50 contiguous disaster counties are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans. . . .