Central Louisiana

A new pilot program in Louisiana aims to get locally grown food into school cafeterias.

The Harvest of the Month project seeks one school in central Louisiana to participate in the grant.

The goal is to increase access to local produce in schools, encourage students to make healthy food choices, and deliver a curriculum that informs students where their food comes from in support of the local foods movement, according to John Dean, regional food systems planner at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

USA Rice Federation

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 Southern Forest Heritage Museum in Longleaf, La., opens "Journey Stories," a traveling Smithsonian exhibit. The exhibit allows museum to tell its own story of central Louisiana sawmill workers.