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Congresswoman Julia Letlow Announces Relief for Louisiana Crawfish Farmers

Congresswoman Julia Letlow Announces Relief for Louisiana Crawfish Farmers

WASHINGTON (KNOE) – Congresswoman Julia Letlow announced May 10 that crawfish will be covered under the Emergency Livestock Program (ELAP), meaning the USDA Farm Service Agency can begin providing assistance for crayfish production losses incurred in 2023 as well as for any future losses. .

Louisiana’s crawfish industry was hit hard after the summer 2023 drought. Letlow began working to provide relief to crawfish farmers in September 2023 with his Drought Relief Improvement Act, which proposed extending ELAP coverage to farmed fish producers with specific inclusion of crayfish. farmers who suffer losses caused by extreme weather or drought.

Letlow sent a letter to the USDA urging it to take action on this issue. Today, Letlow’s work is paying off for crawfish farmers.

“This is a huge win for crawfish farmers in Louisiana and across the country because they can ensure they get the help they need,” Letlow said. “I will continue to do everything I can to support our vital national agricultural industry and ensure that crawfishing remains a thriving industry in Louisiana for generations to come.”

Louisiana Farm Bureau President Jim Harper said he commends Letlow’s work to help the industry vital to the state’s economy and way of life.

“This assistance will not make up for all of the financial losses that many farmers have faced this season, but it will go a long way toward allowing them to hopefully continue farming next year,” Harper said.

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