Disaster relief meeting for farmers, landowners set for Thursday in Amite

The LSU AgCenter will sponsor a meeting for landowners, farmers and producers in Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Washington and St. Tammany parishes who sustained damage from Hurricane Ida.

The meeting will be held on Thursday at the Tangipahoa Parish Fairgrounds in Amite.

A session for forest landowners will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation for agricultural and livestock producers at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be outdoors with social distancing and masks required. Attendance is limited to 50; please email Whitney Wallace, AgCenter forestry and wildlife agent, at wwallace@agcenter.lsu.edu to secure your spot.

Wallace said the biggest economic impact from Hurricane Ida is likely to be to agricultural infrastructure and timber.

The AgCenter is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to put a numerical value to timber damage in the southeast part of the state. 

Doing assessments, Wallace met numerous producers and landowners who reported significant timber loss, downed fences and livestock that were without water after sustaining damage to water and power sources. 

“As agricultural producers move into recovery mode and assess damages, it is important that they receive up-to-date information on recovery and recovery programs available from state and federal agencies,” she said.

Experts from the AgCenter and representatives from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, NRCS and FSA will give presentations at the meeting. 

Call 985-748-9381 or email to wwallace@agcenter.lsu.edu for more information.

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