LSU AgCenter to Host Webinar on How to Start a Food Business
The LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute will host a webinar at 11 a.m. Friday for people who want to start a food business.
The seminar will include a step-by-step presentation on how to start a business and become a tenant of a Food Innovation Institute, or FOODii. Representatives from successful companies will offer testimonials as well as business and marketing advice.
FOODii provides food entrepreneurs with resources – from kitchen facilities to food science expertise – to safely produce and market their products.
Registration costs $30 and can be completed online at https://bit.ly/3MP6SfC. For more information, contact [email protected]
USDA says Louisiana farmers can apply for drought loans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the growing season drought has made farmers across Louisiana eligible to apply for federal assistance.
Low-interest emergency loans can be used to meet a variety of recovery needs, including replacing equipment or livestock. They can also be used to reorganize a farm or refinance certain debts.
The agency will take into account the extent of the losses, the security available and the ability to repay.
Sixty Louisiana parishes are major drought-affected areas, and the other four — Orleans, St. Tammany, Vernon, and Washington — are adjacent to those parishes.
The USDA declares a drought a disaster if a parish is under extreme or exceptional drought, or has had at least eight consecutive weeks of severe drought.
Application deadlines vary depending on when a parish was declared an agricultural disaster area. These and other details are available on the Farm Service Agency’s website, fsa.usda.gov.