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$20 million in grant money available to aquaculture producers

September 23, 2010

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $20 million in grant money for farm-raised aquaculture producers who need assistance due to 2009’s high feed input costs.
The grant covers eligible producers throughout Louisiana.
“Aquaculture producers have been hurt by the continual increase in feed costs over the last several years,” Strain said. “I urge all aquaculture producers to apply for this critical program.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will administer the program, Strain added.
To be eligible, a producer must have raised an aquaculture species in a controlled environment in 2009. The producer’s 2009 feed costs must be at least 25 percent of his total input costs for the aquaculture operation.
The producer must also have incurred at least a 25 percent price increase of 2009 feed costs above the state’s 2003-2007 five-year average feed price.
For more information, contact LDAF Deputy Assistant Commissioner Carrie Castille at 225-922-1234 or via e-mail at