Farmers may be eligible for grants

Published 4:24 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Washington Parish farmers whose crops include cotton, corn, crawfish, grain sorghum, rice, hay, soybeans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, strawberries, wheat, and cattle are among those eligible for part of a $10 million grant funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Community Development Block Disaster Recovery Program funds.

The Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit, receives the CDBG disaster recovery grant funds from HUD. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture of Forestry will then administer the program. The funding is part of the $1.6 billion congressional appropriation for Restore Louisiana.

“Unlike other assistance our farmers can receive in the aftermath of a disaster, this flood recovery grant money is not a loan,” Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said.

Producers with pre-storm annual gross farm revenue of $25,000 in the years 2014, 2015 or 2016 are eligible to apply.

Crop loss must amount to a minimum of $10,000 as calculated by the crop loss calculator.

To review the guidelines online, visit Applications are now available online.