In local development news:

For the third year in a row, Louisiana farmers had record-breaking values for many of their commodities. LSU officials say Louisiana agriculture contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, a gain of 7.6 percent, or $900 million, over 2013. The 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter reveals that agricultural contributions to the state’s economy have grown for the last five years. The largest contributors to the 2014 increase were forestry, beef and soybeans, while forestry in Louisiana showed a significant increase in value of 34 percent over 2013.

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