MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Congresswoman Julia Letlow questioned the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the steps his department was making to provide assistance for Louisiana farmers during a hearing on March 22.

During the hearing with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congresswoman Julia Letlow mentioned challenges that some Louisiana farmers are facing due to a drought in 2023. The USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack agreed to partner with Congresswoman Letlow on steps moving forward to assist Louisiana farmers who have faced challenges from the drought of 2023

Congresswoman Julia Letlow says, “Louisiana farmers faced many challenges due to the drought that took place in 2023. The goal is to support our farmers and get them the assistance they need quickly.”

The Drought Assistance Improvement Act will alter the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and the Emergency for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm Raised Fish program by securing relief payments quickly, and by making crawfish and catfish eligible for drought assistance.



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