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35 Louisiana Parishes Declared Natural Disaster Areas: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of rain, floods, high winds and hail from April 27 through June 26. It means farmers and ranchers …

Flood Damage in Arkansas County Exceeds $14M: Report

Recent floods caused more than $14 million in damages in a southwest Arkansas county, according to a report by county officials and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Around half of the land in Little River County was flooded …

Feral Hog Damage to Louisiana Crops: $30M and Counting

A study by the LSU AgCenter finds feral hogs have caused at least $30 million in damage to crops on Louisiana farms in 2013. AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger has been gathering data for more than a year from Louisiana farmers …

Montana Thunderstorm Results in Crop Damage, Power Outages

A strong thunderstorm that blew across northern Montana over the weekend brought strong winds and large hail that caused property and crop damage and power outages along a 300-mile stretch of the state from Cut Bank to Fort Peck, officials …

Flooding, Rain Problematic for Ohio Corn Growers

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. Flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist said in a …

Louisiana Farmers, Ranchers Brace for Worst Year Since 2008

Flooded fields and fickle temperatures put Louisiana farmers and ranchers in a pensive mood as they gathered here for the Farm Bureau Federation Convention, the state’s largest annual celebration of agriculture. “I’m afraid this year is a nail-biter and a …

Louisiana Farmers, Ranchers Face ‘Total Loss’ from Flooding

It will be weeks, perhaps months, before it’s known how much damage the recent flooding from the Red River has done to Louisiana’s agriculture industry. James Wagley, Natchitoches Parish president for Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, tells The Town Talk thousands …

Farmers in Arkansas Expect Losses from Flooding

Farmers across Arkansas are still weathering a series of spring showers that have flooded fields, smothered crops and swept away cattle. Since March 1, between 12 to 18 inches of rain has fallen across the Arkansas River basin, according to …

Cold Snap Prompts Grape Decline Fear From Arizona Wineries

Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season’s grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries. At least four wineries in the Elgin area anticipate significant losses thanks to freezing temperatures last month, according to their owners. “Heat’s not the …

Crop Insurance Uncertainty Hindering Arkansas Farmers

Lower commodity prices and uncertainties about new federal crop insurance programs are making it tougher for Arkansas row crop farmers to secure operating loans. Tight cash flow has already struck some growers as the percentage of loans going into state …