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Over 900 Louisiana farmers & ranchers receiving funds from disaster recovery grant

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Water from storms that sent the Wabash River over its banks flooded a rural West Lafayette, Ind., farm field that has not yet been prepared for planting. Indiana farmers are being delayed from planting corn this month because of frequent and heavy rain. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

961 Farmers and Ranchers across 51 parishes are set to receive disaster recovery grants to help compensate for their losses during the floods of March and August 2016.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says the average amount each grant will award is $9,905.65.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., says each recipient was mailed a letter from the Department on April 26th that listed the closing dates, times and locations for finalizing the grants.

“This is not a loan,” Commissioner Strain said. “The goal of this grant program is to help our farmers and ranchers sustain their businesses following a year of devastating flooding.”

The Restore Louisiana Task Force allocated $10 million for farm recovery to LDAF as part of $1.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery money received by the Louisiana Office of Community Development from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for recovery from the floods of 2016.

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