USDA Designates Evangeline Parish in Louisiana as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

WASHINGTON — In response to a request from Christine Normand, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Evangeline Parish in Louisiana as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by heavy and excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2017, through May 23, 2017. 


Tale of Two Rice Crops Playing Out in Louisiana (with video)

By Forrest Laws, Delta Farm Press

It is almost a tale of two rice crops – one in south Louisiana that seems to be doing well for now and one in north Louisiana that is struggling. Dustin Harrell, Extension rice specialist, LSU AgCenter, said much of the south Louisiana crop was planted on or around Valentine’s Day this year, a historically early date for planting rice, even in the southern part of the state.