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LOUISIANA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza floodway, May 14, 2011 (USACE photo)
“Abraham, Louisiana delegation urge USDA help farmers affected by Morganza Spillway
May 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, and the Louisiana Congressional delegation are urging the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be prepared to aid farmers in the wake of damages from the opening of the Morganza Spillway.
Abraham, who is Louisiana’s only member of a Congressional agriculture committee, led the delegation in the letter. They sent it to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, May 24.
The spillway, which is scheduled to open on June 2 for just the third time in its 46-year history, is expected to flood 25,000 acres of farmland in the Atchafalaya Basin. It could result to a total crop and aquaculture loss in the region.
The letter also notes that farmers in the state are still contending with Chinese tariffs and recent severe weather.
“[W]e urge you to stand ready not only to provide all appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency and non-emergency resources available to those adversely impacted, but to assist eligible farmers and producers to access available aid across the federal government,” the letter said.
“As you know, the impact of these repeated hits will be felt not only for the season, but for years and generations beyond.”
Those signing the letter along with Abraham were U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, Cedric Richmond, Garret Graves, Clay Higgins and Mike Johnson.
Read the letter here. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b30a6a0db2beebbcda36d6522/files/82b47f80-8ee5-443d-9940-b2ed9958aa15/05_24_2019_LADEL_to_AGSEC_re_Morganza_Aid_02.pdf
Yep, and once those poor farmers go out of business, the farmland will be sold to China and India to feed their growing masses who haven’t been let in yet to take US jobs under the H1B program and get greencards and citizenship with Republican support. Whoever has the most children, i.e. India and China, take over. Not who has the most brains. If India and China were so smart, they would be in better shape than they are now. They’ve had their independence a long time .