Tue November 4, 2014

Small farming dreams abound in Central Louisiana


Dozens of aspiring small farmers in Central Louisiana are taking a six-week course on how to work their land and make it into a business.

For the first time, the Alexandria-based Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance or CLEDA is offering a course called “Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.”

Gary Perkins runs CLEDA’s business acceleration system. He says CLEDA partnered with LSU AgCenter to offer an overview on how to start a small farming operation.

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Wed October 29, 2014

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

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A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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Mon October 27, 2014

Stephen F. Austin State ag professor helps Angolan farmers cater to new middle class

Stephen F. Austin State Regents professor Leon Young worked with farmers in Angola on improving soil fertility during the dry season.
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With the threat of Ebola looming over Western Africa, volunteerism is still robust in other parts of the continent. Leon Young is a soil fertility specialist and Regents professor of agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He was in Angola ahead of the fall semester consulting in the Farmer to Farmer program through the nongovernmental organization CNFA.

“I was working with subsistence farmers who were trying to grow vegetables in the dry season to market to an emerging middle class in Angola,” Young said.

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Fri October 24, 2014

Shreveport ad agency makes LSU 100, staffs up with national clients

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The fastest growing businesses in the world that are led by LSU alumni will be honored Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Shreveport-based Gremillion and Pou Integrated Marketing is on the LSU 100, a highly competitive program that identifies the 100 fastest growing businesses that are led by former LSU students.

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Wed October 15, 2014

Whole Foods Market makes it official in Shreveport

Whole Foods Market is building a 32,000 square-foot grocery store in Shreveport at East 70th Street and Fern Avenue.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Construction on a Whole Foods Market is officially underway in Shreveport.

It marks the sixth grocery store in Louisiana for the Austin, Texas-based chain that specializes in natural and organic products, and prepared foods.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, the company’s executive marketing coordinator for the southwest region Laura Zappi reassured Shreveporters who have pined for Whole Foods that the attraction was always mutual.

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