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  • 28 parishes in drought disaster declaration

    December 12, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Agriculture says federal authorities have declared 28 parishes in the state natural disaster areas because of drought. Commissioner Mike Strain said in a Wednesday news release that the designation makes farm operators in the areas eligible to be considered for assistance from... more »
  • Researcher: Big Drought Means Smaller 'Dead Zone'

    July 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone," an area of low oxygen that develops every spring and summer, is the fourth-smallest since measurements of the zones began in 1985, a new report says. The zone measured 2,889 square miles, said the report released Friday by the... more »
  • Drought brings outbreak of horse disease

    April 17, 2012 9:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Agriculture officials in Arkansas and Louisiana have warned veterinarians to watch for signs of a potentially fatal horse disease if there's another drought this year. The disease is often called pigeon fever because basketball-sized abscesses in the chest and abdomen can give horses a pigeon-breasted... more »
  • Hundreds of donkeys abandoned in lingering drought

    March 29, 2012 9:48 AM

    With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds. The nation's biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers used the animals to guard their herds. Many... more »
  • Cattle farmers struggle with drought

    January 5, 2012 9:01 AM

    MONTEGUT, La. (AP) - On Herdis Neil's farm near Montegut, the land is so dry that livestock consistently wander into the drainage ditch in search of water at the bottom and get stuck there. That's what happened Tuesday evening. Neil found a calf stuck up to its belly on the... more »
  • Drought Affects Landscapers' Business

    October 15, 2011 10:35 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Brown grass and dead shrubbery on many northwestern Louisiana lawns provide proof of the effects of a prolonged drought, and landscaping businesses are feeling the effects, too. Bill Fleming, president of Fleming Landscape and Irrigation, told The Times of Shreveport ( ) that the threat of... more »
  • Drought Creates Major Problems for Foundations

    June 24, 2011 6:47 PM

    Bricks breaking, sheet rock cracking and sticking doors are all signs that your home's foundation is shifting. But this year seems to be worse than normal for foundation repairs. The experts say the weather is mostly to blame, but there are ways to prevent costly foundation repairs. Katherine Liebert... more »
  • Toledo Bend showing impact of drought

    June 22, 2011 9:39 AM

    MANY, La. (AP) - Every drop of rain helps the drought-starved Toledo Bend Reservoir, but it's going to take more than a few days of scattered thunderstorms to push it to full recovery. The massive waterway hovered slightly above 163 feet - 9 feet below pool stage on Tuesday. Sabine... more »
  • Finally some rain for rice farms; drought continues

    June 10, 2011 12:09 AM

    Another round of showers Thursday has some farmers jumping for joy and others even believing some old cajun folklore. June 8th was officially St. Medard's day. Legend has it if it rains on the eighth of June, there will be a "wet harvest," but even with these brief showers, drought... more »
  • Drought blocks fireworks sales in Lafourche

    June 7, 2011 10:01 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - No fireworks for Lafourche Parish residents this Fourth of July. Thanks to the drought, parish president Charlotte Randolph has issued a ban on the use and sale of fireworks throughout the parish. The ban, which will be in effect through July 4th, was issued because of... more »
  • Drought, Floods Wreak Havoc on Farmers

    June 1, 2011 6:37 PM

    This is a unique year for South Louisiana, as we experience extreme drought and record floods. And this climate is wreaking havoc on Louisiana farms. Where there's water, there's too much of it. At the same time the rest of the state sits parched. "It's adversely affecting crops,... more »
  • 10 Louisiana parishes in drought disaster

    March 2, 2011 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says 10 parishes along the Mississippi state line are included in a federal drought disaster declaration. They're included because they're adjacent to a Mississippi drought disaster area covering 44 counties. In Louisiana, the disaster area includes Concordia, East... more »
  • 53 parishes declared natural disaster

    November 30, 2009 3:41 PM

    Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared 53 parishes as primary natural disaster areas and ten parishes as contiguous disaster areas due to a combination of disasters including a severe drought and excessive rainfall that caused production losses for farmers throughout the state.... more »

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