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FSA loans open to 31 Louisiana parishes, 9 counties

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Friday, February 22 2019 Feb 22, 2019 February 22, 2019 2:56 AM February 22, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated nine Louisiana parishes as a disaster area because of rains and flooding from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10.

Farmers and ranchers in 22 adjacent parishes in Louisiana, five counties in Arkansas and four in Texas also can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans.

A Thursday news release says such loans can be used to replace essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganize a farming operation or refinance some debts.

Bossier, Caddo, Evangeline, Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides and Red River parishes are the primary disaster areas.

The application deadline is Oct. 15.

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