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Deadline Nears For $44.5M in Agriculture Grants

posted on August 7, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)- Farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals have until Aug. 21 to apply for a share of a $44.5 million grant and low-interest loan program to help them in their recovery from last year's storms.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the money is there to help them recover from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Applications are available through the agriculture department's Web site, or can be found at Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation parish offices as well as LSU AgCenter county agent offices. The application must be postmarked or hand delivered and date stamped to the state's district offices in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Opelousas, DeRidder, Jonesville, Woodworth, Haughton, Monroe, Oak Grove or Winnsboro by 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

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