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USDA Declares Additional Parishes as Natural Disaster Areas

December 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) declared on November 16, 2016 six more Louisiana parishes as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred from Aug. 11-31, 2016.

Those parishes are: Catahoula, De Soto, La Salle, Natchitoches, Red River and Winn.

Farmers and ranchers in primary natural disaster areas are eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover.


Farmers and ranchers in the following parishes also qualify for natural disaster assistance because they are contiguous. The following parishes are: Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Rapides, Sabine, Tensas and Vernon.


Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with additional information or visit