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Strain: USDA will honor crop insurance for flooded farmers

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Posted: May 14, 2011 9:37 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 14, 2011 9:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's agriculture commissioner says farmers who had crop insurance will get reimbursed if their crops are damaged by flooding caused by the Mississippi.

Commissioner Mike Strain said the U.S. Department of Agriculture had agreed to honor crop insurance payments for farmers with insurance that either lose crops or were unable to plant because of the flooding, in accordance with their policies.

"We're happy that USDA and FEMA have made a decision that is favorable for our producers," Strain said. "We wanted to make sure our farmers got the same deal as the Missouri farmers who lost their crops when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers artificially breeched the levee to save lives."

Strain said an estimated 15,256 acres of crops in the spillway and basin and another 2,853 in the fore bay area between the spillway gates and Mississippi River will be lost.

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