Commissioner Strain addresses state emergency for crops, nationwide egg shortage

Commissioner Strain addresses state emergency for crops, egg shortage

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Agriculture officials say all the recent severe weather across Louisiana is threatening some local crops.

The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain said flooding and heavy rain are hurting production of wheat, corn, cotton, beans and hay.

Strain made that announcement Monday to the Baton Rouge Press Club. He said recent flooding near Shreveport likely means turning to Washington and the state legislature for financial help.

"If you take some of the areas of the red and some of those acres that are flooded, that water may not leave until August. And then it will take some time for that soil to rehabilitate," said Strain.

Strain also gave an update to the nationwide egg shortage.

He said agriculture officials across the country killed or "depopulated" 50 million chickens because of the Avian virus. That's 10 percent of the nation's eggs and a $250 million loss.

The good news is that there have been no new outbreaks in the past couple weeks.

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