Farming Food system expert: Ark-La-Tex spends $2.2 billion annually on food not grown here By Chuck Smith • Jan 20, 2016 KATE ARCHER KENT A food system expert who helps communities improve access to locally-grown food has completed a market study of the Ark-La-Tex. Cenla rice growers organize an association By Chuck Smith • Jan 17, 2012 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. East Texas winemakers persevere in drought By Chuck Smith • Dec 22, 2011 Jacksonville Daily Progress / Maydelle Country Wines 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. LSU Ag Center: Growing Christmas trees can be lucrative By Chuck Smith • Dec 19, 2011 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.