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May 20, 2011 7:49 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

Frustrated Farmers Vent as Rivers Rise


VIDALIA, La. (AP) - An overflow crowd turned out Thursday for a meeting in Vidalia with state and federal agricultural officials.
Farmers are suffering from the Mississippi River flood, even though flooding of fields is minimal.
A drought, deer being driven into their fields by the rising river, and seepage - water pushed to the surface by pressure from the river water - has put crops in danger. And, with commodity prices soaring, lost acreage is particularly bitter this year.
Farmers, like 56-year-old Dempsey White, had hoped for a lucrative year to pay down debt and get ahead.
Michael Scuse, undersecretary for the federal Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, warned that without crop insurance it would be difficult covering losses.
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says not
everything will be covered by government programs.

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