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FSA loans open to 31 Louisiana parishes, surrounding counties

8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Friday, February 22 2019 Feb 22, 2019 February 22, 2019 7:19 AM February 22, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated nine Louisiana parishes as a disaster area because of rains and flooding from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10.

Farmers and ranchers in 22 adjacent parishes in Louisiana, five counties in Arkansas and four in Texas also can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. A Thursday news release says such loans can be used to replace essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganize a farming operation or refinance some debts.

Bossier, Caddo, Evangeline, Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, and Red River parishes are the primary disaster areas.

The application deadline is Oct. 15.

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