Ag losses from March, August floods total $367M
Agriculture losses from the March and August floods totaled almost $367 million, according to an analysis by the LSU AgCenter, threatening the future of some of Louisiana's farmers.
"It could be a knockout punch to a lot of people," said Caddo Parish rancher Marty Wooldridge, who had 2,000 acres of pastures flooded in March and again in May. "What's even worse is cattle prices are half what they were last year, and I think it's a similar story for other commodities."
Acadiana farmer Richard Fontenot agreed.
"Unfortunately, it's going to put some producers in dire straits," said Fontenot, who farms rice and soybeans in Ville Platte. Some of Fontenot's fields were submerged for a week in August. "It's a serious situation that's going to grow worse if we can't get some help."
Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham said he plans to use the LSU AgCenter estimates to justify adding $400 million in agriculture specific aid to a $2.8 billion relief package the delegation and Gov. John Bel Edwards are seeking to push through Congress this week.
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