The Secretary of Agriculture has announced that three counties in Texas were declared a disaster on Jan. 29, due to damages and losses caused by drought that began Dec. 3, and continuing. Under this designation, producers in any of the three primary disaster counties -- DeWitt, Gray, and Karnes -- or any of the 15 contiguous disaster counties are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans. Atascosa and Wilson counties are included in the contiguous disaster counties. . . .