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Higgins announces USDA help for crawfish farmers

Higgins announces USDA help for crawfish farmers

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted his request and included crawfish in the Emergency Aid Program for livestock, honeybees and farmed fish (ELAP).

In January, Congressman Higgins sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that drought be included as an eligible cause of loss for ELAP. This was a necessary action to allow Louisiana crawfish farmers to qualify and access emergency assistance in response to the severe drought of 2023.

The USDA announcement makes ELAP available to crawfish farmers who suffered losses due to last year’s excessive heat. The USDA worked with the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the LSU AgCenter to create a formula-based payment assistance program. For more information or to request assistance, producers can contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at their local USDA Service Center or visit usda.gov.

Additionally, Congressman Higgins worked with Governor Jeff Landry and members of the Louisiana delegation to secure disaster assistance for non-agricultural crawfish businesses through the Small Business Administration (SBA ).

“The decision to include crawfish in the ELAP program is a victory for Louisiana farmers. » said Congressman Higgins. “The crawfish industry is a vital part of Louisiana’s economy and culture. Since arriving in Congress, my office has defended our crawfish industry every step of the way. We will continue to work at the federal level to meet the expectations of our agricultural community.