Farmers in 21 Parishes May Qualify for Hurricane Laura Aid

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in 21 north and central Louisiana parishes have been designated disaster areas because of damage from Hurricane Laura.

Posted: Dec 3, 2020 3:55 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in 21 north and central Louisiana parishes have been designated disaster areas because of damage from Hurricane Laura in August. These are parishes which did not already qualify under President Donald Trump's disaster declaration in August. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain says USDA has designated Caldwell, Natchitoches, Ouachita and Red River as primary disaster areas. He says the 17 parishes adjacent to one of those four are considered contiguous disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers who can prove losses from the storm's high winds can get low-interest Farm Service Agency loans to help their recovery.

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