September 1, 2020
Farmer Paul Johnson of Bell City, La., had a good rice crop harvested long before Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast on Aug. 27.
He stored his grain at a dryer facility in Thornwell, La., but the storm blew parts of the roof away, exposing his rice to rain. Without electricity, he was not able to dry the grain.
But the Supreme Rice Mill of Crowley, La., was prepared for the catastrophe, renting generators for farmers in anticipation of the disaster and providing workers to help farmers make repairs on their bins and get the generators connected to their electrical system.
These photos by Bruce Schultz of LSU AgCenter provide a look at the damage and the response.
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