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USDA Designates Natural Disaster Areas

October 4, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (October 4, 2018) – Two parishes are eligible for disaster assistance as a result of a recent drought according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

The parishes, which are contiguous to primary natural disaster areas in Texas, include Caddo and DeSoto. According to the FSA, livestock producers may have suffered grazing losses in these areas.

Strain said farmers located in these parishes are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the disaster declaration date to apply for emergency loans to help cover losses.

FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. For more information, farmers and ranchers may contact their local parish FSA office. Additional information is also available online at