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Louisiana and 4 others states get disaster declaration for farm losses

5 years ago November 18, 2009 Nov 18, 2009 Wednesday, November 18 2009 Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:51:10 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: John Pastorek

Federal agriculture authorities have declared disaster areas in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee due to crop losses from a combination of severe spring and fall flooding and summer drought.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the declaration will "provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to a wide variety of crops."

The declaration qualifies many farmers in the designated areas for low interest emergency loans from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

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