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Ville Platte rice farmers prepare crop for Laura

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 00:13:31-04

In Ville Platte, some rice farmers lost everything to Hurricane Barry last year.

And now, just over a year later, they're working to protect their crop once again.

"I've been working here for eight years and we never saw that much rice until this year," said farmer Ed Zuniea. "It's the best year for us."

It's a year that's been good for PJF Farms - and they want to make sure it stays that way, despite a hurricane that's on its way.

"Soon as we saw where it was coming on Thursday, we hurried up, rented some equipment, got what we could get our hands on, and we started working as long as we could," added Doug Fruge. "Sometimes until 10 or 11 o'clock at night."

Last year, Hurricane Barry devastated the farm.

"Last year we lost. Almost the entire crop went underwater in July during pollination. It was a tough pill to swallow. This year the crop was looking so good, and when we saw this one coming we just have to do everything we can to get it in and God willing we were able to do it."

With the help of other farmers and workers, they gathered their rice and placed it into bins in order to prevent what happened last year to the farm.

"We just made it happen," said Fruge. "It's just a lot of hard work. Nothing is easy in this industry. Fortunately most people in it are willing to give a helping hand and that's people who really help pull us through."

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