Dear Secretary Vilsack:
As you are aware, the Mississippi River is expected to crest above flood stage in the next several days due to the excessive rains in upper Mississippi River basin states. We anticipate severe flooding along the Mississippi River Basin in Louisiana. Agricultural producers in the basin will face significant damage and loss to cropland and livestock as a result.
We are requesting that the following parishes be granted a Secretarial designation:
East Baton Rouge
West Baton Rouge
In addition to the impending floods, Louisiana experienced severe tornadoes on April 26 and 27, 2011. A number of agriculture and livestock producers, including poultry and specialty crop farmers, were affected. We also request the following parishes be granted a Secretarial designation:
DeSoto Sabine Winn
Red River Natchitoches
This would allow qualifying producers to become eligible for emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE).
We greatly appreciate your consideration of this recommendation.
Governor of Louisiana