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Louisiana requests federal assistance to help struggling crawfish farmers

Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:34 pm
Posted by NorthshoreTiger76
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:34 pm
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Governor Jeff Landry on Wednesday (Feb. 21) penned a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, pressing for federal aid to tackle the recent drought’s detrimental impact on Louisiana’s crawfish industry.

The severe drought conditions throughout 2023 and freezing temperatures to start the new year have crawfish farmers in crisis.



Posted by TDsngumbo
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Posted by kywildcatfanone
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:39 pm to
Why doesn't the govt just help all businesses?
Posted by GeauxldMember
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:40 pm to
Crawfish farmers are now officially as bad as the Big Three.
Posted by Proximo
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:41 pm to
$12/lb plus a stipend, must be nice
Posted by tzimme4
Metairie
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:43 pm to
Crawfish farmers are going to cry over their tax-free business and income while driving a Mercedes-Benz C-class away from the state capitol
Posted by tigerfoot
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:45 pm to
I’m just glad the farmers gave us such low prices in banner years
Posted by SelaTiger
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:46 pm to
I love crawfish, but they aren’t even close to essential. Fed aid? C’mon man. How about we just call it a loss this year? Then next year they’ll be plentiful hopefully and they can come up with other reasons why the price is so high.
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 4:49 pm
Posted by Meauxjeaux
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:47 pm to
$10k card renewed each 4 weeks is the only way to go.
Posted by bad93ex
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:48 pm to
Sorry, MIC needs it more
Posted by LegendInMyMind
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:49 pm to
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I’m just glad the farmers gave us such low prices in banner years

"They" did.
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 4:50 pm
Posted by Twenty 49
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:50 pm to
I'm sure many of the conservative farmers will be too proud and principled to accept a government handout.
Posted by fr33manator
Baton Rouge
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:57 pm to
Normally it's only certain consumers of crawfish that get federal money
Posted by SWLA92
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:58 pm to
Calling it a loss this year will end the crawfish industry as you know it. You think prices are bad now? They’ll be a fraction of crawfish producers survive if this season continues like it is. Less producers means less supply, and the demand is only going to get higher which means prices will stay higher than what we are used to. Be careful what you ask for
Posted by Honest Tune
Louisiana
Member since Dec 2011
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:07 pm to
You seem to be in the know… I was told yesterday by someone familiar with the ins and outs that THREE people dictate the price of crawfish in this state. Does that seem right to you?
Posted by SWLA92
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:16 pm to
Yep that’s pretty much right. Those 3 guys get together and pretty much dictate the market price.
Posted by Hayekian serf
GA
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:18 pm to
The weather is bad and the federal government has to bail out crawfish farmers.

We are so screwed as a nation.
Posted by JTM72
BR, LA.
Member since Mar 2014
1177 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:26 pm to
Crawfish are not an essential item. If people don’t have money for it, they aren’t gonna buy it. Plain and simple as that. Whether the prices stay this high or not. Sales will be down as long as prices are up.

Getting government help will not help the number of crawfish produced this year. Things will level out next year, given we don’t have another drought like we did last year
Posted by GeauxldMember
Member since Nov 2003
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:29 pm to
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Calling it a loss this year will end the crawfish industry as you know it. You think prices are bad now? They’ll be a fraction of crawfish producers survive if this season continues like it is. Less producers means less supply, and the demand is only going to get higher which means prices will stay higher than what we are used to. Be careful what you ask for


When I was a kid, if we wanted crawfish, 9/10 times that meant going out and catching them ourselves. I still have nets, a push pole and a pirogue, so let ‘em do their best.
Posted by Le Tenia
Member since Feb 2015
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Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:29 pm to
quote:

Calling it a loss this year will end the crawfish industry as you know it. You think prices are bad now? They’ll be a fraction of crawfish producers survive if this season continues like it is. Less producers means less supply, and the demand is only going to get higher which means prices will stay higher than what we are used to. Be careful what you ask for


Don’t buy them and the demand goes down. It’s a crooked business and every year there is an issue or issues being floated around for the high prices and the “short” supply. Every year. Next year will be no different with the late Mardi Gras.

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