LA Ag leader to visit farmers, cattlemen impacted by flooding

LA Ag leader to visit farmers, cattlemen impacted by flooding
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) - The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, LDAF, will meet with cattlemen and farmers on Wednesday who are impacted by recent flooding.

Commissioner Mike Strain will meet cattlemen and farmers at Red River Livestock located at Highway 1 South, Coushatta, La. at 3:00 p.m.

His visit comes after severe weather which has displaced thousands of livestock and flooded crops.

"After helping facilitate moving the livestock out of harm's way when the severe weather first threatened the state, much of the area is still under water and the cattle have limited, if any, area to graze," said Strain. "The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation has initiated a hay clearinghouse for anyone who needs hay or has hay to donate or sell. We are assisting them by transporting that hay by truck to areas in need."

The LDAF is also assisting the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation by delivering hay to help feed stranded cattle.

"This is a great way for Farm Bureau, a true agricultural organization with a great network all over the state, to help find hay and get these cattlemen through a tough time," said Caddo Parish cattleman Marty Wooldridge, who also chairs the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation's Livestock Advisory Committee.

Anyone who needs hay or has hay to donate or sell can sign up at VoiceofLouisianaAgriculture.org.

Cattlemen and hay producers can also call site coordinator Carey Martin at 318-471-2114 to add their names to the hay clearinghouse list.

For more information on emergency preparation for livestock, go to www.LDAF.la.gov or www.getagameplan.org.

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