Dr. Myo Chet is from Myanmar, also known as Burma. He moved his practice from south Texas to be closer to about 200 Burmese refugees working at the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Nacogdoches.
Rice farmers in the four-parish Central Louisiana region are creating an association that will give them direct representation on the state's rice board.
Members will meet Jan. 25 in Bunkie with the USA Rice Federation.
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center tapped south Louisiana economic developer Mike Tomlinson to head its office at LSU Shreveport. Tomlinson takes over after nearly a year's vacancy in the post.
The severe drought could mean more than sour grapes for growers in Rusk, Texas. Community correspondent Dan Maxwell talks with winemakers whose core costs are rising sharply.
The LSU Ag Center says the Christmas tree growing business is nearly recession proof, and there still may be room for a few more growers. Louisiana currently has 52 growers.