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Graves Announces Assistance from USDA for Drought Affected Forests in Louisiana

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved all 64 Louisiana parishes for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) for the restoration and rehabilitation of private forest lands impacted by the adverse effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events. “Last year’s drought…

Graves, Carter Announce Assistance from USDA for Louisiana Crawfish Farmers

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U.S. Congressmen Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Troy Carter (Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) funding to crawfish producers in Louisiana affected by last year’s drought. Graves and Carter led a formal request in February 2024 to the USDA, laying out the authority that…

Graves, Wicker Urge NOAA to Catch Better Data for Fisheries Management

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (Mississippi) – along with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (Texas), U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chair Bruce Westerman (Arkansas) and 20 other bipartisan Members of Congress – urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator Janet Coit to…

Graves and Peltola Urge Biden to Immediately Halt Unsafe Shrimp Imports

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Congresswoman Mary Sattler Peltola (Alaska) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to immediately halt shrimp imports into the United States from India, following concerning reports of severe food and safety issues and labor violations in Indian shrimp processing facilities. The reports highlight that shrimp imported from India…

Graves, Carter Call for Immediate Assistance from USDA for Louisiana Crawfish Farmers

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U.S. Congressmen Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Troy Carter (Louisiana) led a formal request asking that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) funding to drought-affected crawfish producers in Louisiana. Congress has already granted the USDA discretion to provide assistance to farmers affected by…

Graves: Louisiana Will Receive Additional $27 Million in Fishery Disaster Funding

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U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana) announced today that fishing communities will receive a total of $27,152,411 in fishery disaster funding to offset the impacts of both the 2020 and 2021 hurricane seasons on Louisiana's fisheries. The funding was allocated by Congress in the 2023 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for multiple fisheries disasters. "South…

USDA to Purchase up to $36 Million Worth of Wild-Caught Gulf and Atlantic Shrimp, Graves Pushes for Fourth Deal to Help Industry

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U.S. Representative Garret Graves (Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is purchasing up to $36 million of Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Wild-Caught Shrimp. This will alleviate pressure felt by Louisiana’s shrimp industry caused by natural disasters, higher fuel prices, labor and supply chain issues, and the effects of foreign governments…

Graves and Veasey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Critical Marine Habitat in Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Marc Veasey (Texas) introduced legislation to preserve marine ecosystems and protect fishing access for anglers in the Gulf of Mexico by improving longstanding artificial reefing programs. Offshore energy infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico serves as prominent, biodiverse habitats for fish, corals, and crustacea to aggregate. Since…

Graves’ Bipartisan Duck Stamp Legislation To Become Law

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Earlier today, legislation authored by Congressman Garret Graves (Louisiana), the Duck Stamp Modernization Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 403-20. The legislation will immediately head to the President’s desk for signature.   “This bill will expand access to Sportsman’s Paradise to make it easier for you to spend more early mornings in the duck…

Members of Congress Launch Bipartisan American Seafood Caucus

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U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Mary Peltola (D-AK), and Rob Wittman (R-VA) have launched the bipartisan American Seafood Caucus to provide a forum for seafood policy champions to find common ground and ensure that healthy, domestically produced, seafood doesn’t take a backseat to foreign products that often don’t uphold our quality and…