St. Landry Parish Government - Working Together for Better Communities

Although sign-up is months away, agricultural landowners and producers need to begin planning for decisions they will have to make because of the new federal farm bill, an agricultural economist suggests. The Agricultural Act of 2014, signed into law in February, authorizes U.S. nutrition and agriculture programs through 2018 and updates how the government calculates support payments. A change in the new law is the end of direct payment subsidies that farmers received regardless of yield, price or acreage.

Highlights of the study indicate that the industry is responsible for 300,000 jobs across every parish in the state, that Louisiana is the second highest producer of crude oil (counting offshore) and natural gas and that it maintains the second largest refining capacity in the country. The industry has a $73.8 billion economic impact on the state and contributes $4.2 billion in state and local taxes and fees.

Read the complete article in the Daily World.

Upcoming Parish Council Meetings:

Regular Parish Council Committee Meeting
DATE: WEDNESDAY, August 6 , 2014
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
LOCATION: OLD CITY MARKET BUILDING, 131 W. BELLEVUE ST., OPELOUSAS, LA