Some Farmers Eligible For Disaster Aid After January Freeze

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farmers in six Louisiana parishes are eligible for disaster aid to help with losses from a freeze from Jan. 16-18.

State agriculture commissioner Mike Strain said in a news release Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared West Baton Rouge parish a primary disaster area, and five adjacent parishes as contiguous disaster areas. Those are East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes.

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Farmers and ranchers in those parishes can apply for a variety of programs including low-interest emergency loans to help cover losses from the freeze.

The loans are available to those who can prove at least a 30 percent reduction in a primary crop, or possibly losses to quality, such as crop prices cut 30 percent because of damage.

 

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