The Louisiana Interchurch Conference has received a grant from Willie Nelson and Farm Aid to continue the Farm Advocacy Program that the LIC began just over 30 years ago, according to a news release from the conference.

The LIC is a 16-member group of Christian denominations that began in 1970 to further the aims of Christian unity and service in Louisiana and the region.

It operates a hotline with a farm advocacy worker, Betty Puckett, who offers counsel to farmers facing difficulties with discrimination and/or financial hardships.

The program also has limited funds to help farmers with small grants for household needs when disasters, medical issues or other uncontrollable financial hardships strike.

A grant application form is available online at

To learn more about the Farm Advocacy Program, call the LIC at (225) 344-0134 or email

For more information about Farm Aid, visit or call (800) 327-6243.