USDA: Local farmers eligible for loans after January freeze
BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared six Louisiana parishes eligible for disaster assistance as a result of damage and losses caused by January's freeze.
The USDA designated West Baton Rouge Parish was a primary disaster area. East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee Parishes are named as contiguous disaster area, a news release said.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said farmers in these parishes are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the disaster declaration date to apply for emergency loans to help cover losses.
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