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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Rainy Harvest Devastates Louisiana Soybeans For 2nd Year

October 4, 2018
In The News

The trade disputes with China are hurting Louisiana's soybean farmers at a time when rain during harvest season has also hit them badly, a Republican congressman from the state said, asking the federal government for help.

Many soybean shipments are being sent down the Mississippi River instead of the West Coast, filling storage silos and leaving "little to no space to take in any additional, locally grown crops," U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham wrote in a letter Tuesday asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to find a way for the Department of Agriculture to help the farmers.

Soybeans were a big target of tariffs imposed by China in response to those imposed by the Trump administration.

"Many of my farmers who have grown late soybeans are being told by elevators that unless the soybeans were previously booked or are of uncommonly superior quality, they cannot and will not accept them. ... Farmers must choose between harvesting soybeans with no place to bring them, or letting them rot in the fields," Abraham wrote.

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