TFB donates to Louisiana disaster relief fund for farmers and ranchers


The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) donated $ 10,000 to a disaster relief fund administered by the Louisiana Farm Bureau to benefit farmers and ranchers who suffered damage from Hurricane Ida.

TFB’s board of directors authorized the donation at its meeting on September 21 and 22.

Hurricane made landfall in Louisiana exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Ida’s winds at 150 mph make it equal in strength and intensity to Hurricane Laura of 2020 and the storm of 1856 that hit the community of Last Island.

The Ida winds knocked down the power transmission lines that power grain export facilities and small family farms. The storm surge sent cattle to higher ground along the dikes with limited access to fresh water and fodder.

Winds and flooding from the hurricane caused at least $ 584 million in damage to agriculture in the state, according to a recent estimate from the LSU AgCenter. These damages do not take into account the losses suffered by the seafood industry, which will be estimated by the Ministry of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund designate funds for agricultural producers in affected areas. The Foundation says affected farmers and ranchers will need a lot of help and the effects of Hurricane Ida will be felt for a long time to come.

Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund can be made here.

If you have any questions or want more information about the Relief Fund, contact Ashley Stephens at 225.922.6201 or [email protected] or Kyle McCann at 225.922.6202 or [email protected]

If you have hay to donate, you can visit Hay Clearinghouse at the Louisiana Farm Bureau at https://lafarmbureau.org/hayclearinghouse. The platform connects pastoralists who need hay or pasture with those who have hay or pasture to donate in the event of a natural disaster. For more information on the Hay Clearinghouse, call 225.922.6200.

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