USDA Designates Two Louisiana Parishes as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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WASHINGTON, (March 28, 2019)— Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Louisiana parishes as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes who suffered losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 1, 2018 through Dec. 12, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster area designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

 Producers in the contiguous Louisiana parishes of Acadia, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Mary, and Vermilion are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Nov. 22, 2019.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish ProgramEmergency Conservation ProgramLivestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramOperating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online athttps://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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