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Hurricane Harvey Resources

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas is working with state and Federal agencies to provide information and assistance to agriculture producers in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

NRCS Texas

Note from the NRCS Texas State Conservationist

I am happy to report all NRCS employees are safe. A few sustained damage to their homes, and a couple of NRCS families evacuated and are safe. We had some wind and flood damage to our field offices and vehicles, but nothing that can’t be fixed. Everyone’s safety has been our greatest concern.

All the agencies with USDA are working together to respond effectively and efficiently to this situation. We are working closely with our federal and state partners to provide assistance to agriculture producers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Salvador Salinas, State Conservationist

Point of Contacts for
Harvey Recovery Efforts

Emergency Watershed Protection Program
Mark Northcut, 254-742-9824

Watershed Structures
(NRCS Assisted Dam Sites)
John Mueller, 254-742-9911

Alan Stahnke, 254-742-9857

Darren Richardson, 254-742-9800

Ecological Sciences
Kristy Oates, 254-742-9805

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Workshop (PDF; 2.48 MB)
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 Hurricane Harvey Disaster Workshop

News Releases

Success Stories


USDA Radio News

Texas County-Based Web Soil Survey
County based for quick access to web soil survey. Simply click on a county and it opens Web Soil Survey with the county Area of Interest already there. You can go straight to Reports. Works on tablets and phones.

Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP)
Information about the EWP Program, fact sheets, request for assistance and more.

State Resources

Texas Animal Health Commission – Information on Animal Shelters and Holdings Facilities, Lost or Found Livestock, Volunteering, Donations, Animal Disposal and more. 
Texas Animal Health Commission and USDA plan, collaborate, and coordinate with the states’ animal health-related agencies, agriculture industries, and other related agencies and parties.

Texas Department of Agriculture
Information on Hay Hotline and State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund

Texas Dept. of Public Safety – Emergency Management Division 
Hurricane Harvey Situation Reports are posted daily and include information about flooding conditions, shelter locations, and state agency reports.

Livestock Owners

Hurricane Harvey Livestock Carcass Disposal FlyerHave you suffered livestock losses from Hurricane Harvey and need help with carcass disposal?

The USDA-NRCS is working with landowners to properly dispose of livestock carcasses in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Call Toll-Free 1-888-489-8732 or contact your local NRCS office.

Livestock Carcass Removal Flyer (PDF; 749 KB)

National Resources

USDA Assistance
USDA continues to help residents, farmers, ranchers and businesses that have been hard hit by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.

Disaster declarations have been made in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA mobile app 
Download the app for shelter information, disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips, in English and in Spanish. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
USDA-FSA Producer Hotline: 866-680-6069
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers livestock indemnity assistance and administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program. The FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. - Get information to be prepared before, during, and after a hurricane.

Audio Podcast

NRCS Texas Activities Now, Salvador Salinas

NRCS Texas Activities After Water Receeds, Salvador Salinas

NRCS Texas Post Hurricane Harvey, Salvador Salinas

The EWP Program Described, Mark Northcut

EWPP Sponsor Driven, Mark Northcut​

Methods to Determine Impairments, Mark Northcut