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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

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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.

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