Farm Recovery Workshops To Be Offered Across South Louisiana

Carrie Mendoza, Merrill, Thomas A., Schultz, Bruce  |  10/20/2005 12:48:50 AM

News Release Distributed 10/19/05

The LSU AgCenter will present several workshops in South Louisiana to help farmers recover from hurricanes Rita and Katrina, with the first sessions set for Tuesday (Oct. 25) in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes.

The workshops will kick off in Acadia Parish with a workshop from 9 a.m. until noon in the LSU AgCenter Extension Office at 157 Cherokee Drive in Crowley. The Calcasieu Parish workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day at the Iowa Community Center in Iowa.

The workshops are aimed at bringing agencies and organizations together to help producers trying to recover from the recent hurricanes. They will cover such topics as the economic impacts of the storms, farm financial planning and assistance, the current status of disaster assistance from various federal agencies and the potential for additional assistance.

Agencies participating include the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Administration and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Representatives of the agencies will outline their respective assistance programs and eligibility requirements, followed by a question-and-answer session, at each workshop.

Additional workshops will be held:

–In Iberia Parish on from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sugarcane Festival Building in New Iberia.

–In Tangipahoa Parish from 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 28 at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.

–In Lafourche Parish from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the American Legion Hall in Raceland.

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Contact:
Carrie Mendoza at (225) 578-2906 or cmendoza@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writers:
Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu
Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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