Cameron Parish declared disaster area by USDA

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry.

USDA declares four parishes as disaster areas 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared 39 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas and four Louisiana parishes as contiguous natural disaster areas.

The declaration is the result of production losses caused by drought that occurred March 1 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Farmers in both primary and contiguous parishes may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The four contiguous Louisiana parishes are Caddo, Cameron, Desoto and Sabine.

Counties in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were also declared contiguous natural disaster areas.

Strain said many areas experienced lower than normal rainfall in 2010.

"Farmers and ranchers struggled as little rainfall and high temperatures scorched forage crops and pastureland last year," Strain said. "The assistance will provide much needed relief to producers."

Strain urged all producers who may be eligible to contact their local Farm Service Agency office for further information. Farmers and ranchers in eligible parishes have eight months from the disaster declaration date, March 28, 2011, to apply for the loans. For additional information, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov.