The LSU AgCenter estimates Hurricane Isaac has cut Louisiana's pecan harvest by 15 percent.
Charlie Graham, professor for fruit and nut crops, says that would bring the total to just over 11 million pounds — down from pre-storm estimates of 13 million to 13.5 million pounds. It still would be up from last year's 9 million pounds.
Graham says prices are likely to be similar to 2011 levels.
Last November, farm prices ran from $1.25 to $3.50 a pound, with most varieties starting above $2.
Mayor Mayson Foster says he has submitted a proposal for review by the city's fire and police unions, City Council members and department heads that could lead to revamping procedures for giving city employees time off at times of natural disasters.
The Advocate reports Councilman Lemar Marshall asked at the council's meeting earlier this week why city employees were required to come to work during the approach and landfall of Hurricane Isaac, which struck on the night of Aug. 28.
Officials say repairs to the Mandeville fishing pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Isaac, will take about three months to complete and could cost around $200,000.
Public Works Director David deGeneres tells The Times-Picayune the popular 400-foot pier at Sunset Point on the city's lakefront will remain closed until the repairs are complete.
City officials are hoping that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay for the repairs. If federal money is made available, officials say the city would have to pay only 25 percent of the repair costs.
State wildlife and fisheries officials have extended the East Zone wild alligator harvest season through Oct. 4.
Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, approved the extension Tuesday.
The scheduled opening of the East Zone season was delayed from Aug. 29 until Sept. 1 due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached hurricane strength before landfall. Resulting flooding and displacement of residents prompted the extension.
State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases.
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a company that operates a chemical terminal along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.