Louisiana Ports Shutdown May Impact Agriculture Exports

The Port of New Orleans, the Port of Baton Rouge and the Port of South Louisiana are not the largest facilities in the country, but they are among the most important when it comes to shipping grain commodities worldwide, especially soybean and corn.

Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast Aug. 29, packing winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina and a “catastrophic” storm surge that left New Orleans without power and facing mass flooding and destruction. Katrina struck 16 years to the day earlier, leaving an estimated $108 billion in damage in its wake.

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