Abraham to USDA: Farmers need places to store soybeans
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA provide assistance to soybean farmers in finding places to store the current soybean harvest until it can be brought to market.
Recent trade negotiations with China have disrupted usual shipping lanes for soybeans. Crops that had been going to West Coast ports are now heading down the Mississippi River to be shipped to South America, Europe and Africa. Additionally, soybean farmers have produced high yields, which have seen a negative impact from the recent wet weather.
The result of those three combined factors is that storage silos are full, and local farmers are having problems finding places for their crops to be stored before they can be shipped. In his letter, Dr. Abraham called on the USDA to use whatever means necessary to assist farmers in storing or moving their crops.
"Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and I have been in contact with the USDA at the highest levels, and we have impressed upon them the need for urgent action by the USDA to fix this problem. Sec. Perdue has been very receptive to our calls for assistance, and I know he is working hard to find a solution," Dr. Abraham said.
To view Dr. Abraham's letter to the USDA, click here.