Three out of four farm recovery grant program meetings are scheduled for today for farmers and ranchers who suffered losses as a result of the March and August 2016 floods. Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says during these meetings, the guidelines and application process for receiving recovery grant money will be discussed.
“There is $10 million in grant funding that is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Community Development Block Grant recovery program dollars.”
The meetings take place today in Welsh, Crowley and Opelousas and more information can be found on the Department of Agriculture’s website. Strain says meetings in North Louisiana are in the process of being scheduled. He says this money was granted to us by the hard work from out legislative leaders in Washington.
“We want to thank our Congressmen, all our U.S. Senators and everyone as well for helping us with this. This funding is part of the $1.6 billion Congressional appropriation for Restore Louisiana.”
Strain says he wants to make sure Louisiana farmers have the information they need to get as much assistance as they are eligible to receive and this is not a loan.
“Producers with pre-storm annual gross farm revenue of $25,000 in the year 2014, 2015, or 2016 are able to apply. Crop losses must be a minimum of $10,000.”