Strain working with federal government to assist farmers
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said it could be a few weeks before complete damage assessments from Hurricane Barry are available.
“Our partners, the LSU AgCenter and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), are in the process of assessing damage from the storm,” said Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “I’ve also been in communication with top officials from the USDA and Governor John Bel Edwards to discuss a possible secretarial disaster designation to ensure our agriculture industry is protected.”
This week, Strain and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry employees have traveled the state to observe damage and meet with some farmers.
“While the damage was not widespread across the state, we have farmers who were greatly impacted. When you are at the mercy of Mother Nature, it is tough to keep going year after year with so much uncertainty. I have great empathy for our hard working agriculture community,” added Strain.
Hurricane season ends November 30.