28 Parishes In Drought Disaster Declaration
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Agriculture says federal authorities have declared 28 parishes in the state natural disaster areas because of drought.
Commissioner Mike Strain said in a Wednesday news release that the designation makes farm operators in the areas eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including low-interest emergency loans.
The designation names 21 parishes as primary natural disaster areas. Seven neighboring parishes were named as contiguous disaster areas.
The affected parishes are:
- East Carroll
- Red River
- West Carroll
- along with the contiguous parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Caldwell, Franklin, LaSalle, Rapides and Tensas