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USDA Designates 11 Louisiana Parishes as Disaster Areas

December 27, 2022

For Immediate Release:              
December 27, 2022

Jennifer Finley, Press Secretary – 225-922-1256
Megan Moore, Public Information Director – 225-935-2179

USDA Designates 11 Louisiana Parishes as Disaster Areas

Baton Rouge, La. – Agricultural producers in 11 parishes who suffered losses due to excessive rains that occurred from June 1 through November 2, 2022, may be eligible for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Many areas of the state, including Louisiana’s greatest row crop-producing parishes, suffered 18 or more inches of rain within just a few days. The downpour was followed by cloudy, humid, stagnant days resulting in an increase in crop disease and further degradation. This combination of unfortunate conditions may result in total crop loss for some Louisiana farmers.

The disaster designation, which was announced in a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack dated December 20, 2022, includes the following primary parishes, as well as another 30 contiguous parishes and counties in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi:

Primary Parishes:

  • Ascension
  • Avoyelles
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Franklin
  • Iberville
  • Madison
  • James
  • Tensas
  • Vermilion
  • West Baton Rouge

Contiguous Parishes:

  • Acadia
  • Assumption
  • Beauregard
  • Caldwell
  • Catahoula
  • Concordia
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Carroll
  • East Feliciana
  • Evangeline
  • Iberia
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafayette
  • Lafourche
  • LaSalle
  • Livingston
  • Pointe Coupee
  • Rapides
  • Richland
  • John the Baptist
  • Landry
  • Martin
  • West Feliciana

Contiguous Counties in Adjacent States:


  • Adams
  • Claiborne
  • Jefferson
  • Warren


  • Jefferson
  • Newton
  • Orange

“In Louisiana, the weather is always challenging for agricultural producers, and this year is no different. In the height of harvest for soybeans, rice, corn, grain sorghum, and cotton, most of our state experienced extreme weather systems, with excessive rain over a short period of time, severely diminishing production in prime agricultural areas,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “This emergency declaration acknowledges those losses and opens the door for producers to access the resources they need to begin recovering from these weather challenges.”

Farmers have eight months from the date of the designation to apply for these emergency loans. Producers can contact their location FSA office for further information regarding eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Read Secretary Vilsack’s letter here.