Posted: Sep 20, 2010 4:02 PM
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., announced the availability of a $550 million agricultural disaster relief program to help farmers who suffered through 2009's harvest season, the wettest on record.
Among the eligible crops are upland cotton, rice, soybeans and sweet potatoes in Secretary of Agriculture-designated disaster areas damaged by high precipitation or moisture conditions, Strain said.
"Our Louisiana producers suffered substantial losses in 2009 due to the wet weather during harvest season," Strain said. "We're grateful that this aid is available."
Producers who suffered at least a five percent loss in 2009 will receive an amount based on a pre-determined payment rate multiplied by the actual planted acreage (or acreage that would have been planted) on file with the Farm Service Agency.
Strain urged all farmers who may be eligible for the program to contact their local Farm Service Agency office for further information.