Louisiana Agribusiness

Advantages to Grow Agribusiness

Agribusiness advantages abound in Louisiana, thanks to the state's vast natural resources, transportation infrastructure and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.

Widely known agribusiness companies such as Boise Inc., ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Georgia-Pacific LLC and Roy O. Martin Lumber Company LLC, have established or expanded operations in Louisiana and are benefiting from the state's unique advantages.

At the core of Louisiana's competitive advantages is the strength of its business climate. In recent years, the state has enacted reforms to create an atmosphere that Forbes magazine calls "America's new frontier for business opportunity." Louisiana now ranks in the Top 10 states in the country for business climate according to several national publications including Area Development, Business Facilities andSite Selection magazines.

Louisiana's Growing Talent

The state's rich agricultural history, when joined with higher education, ensures companies in the agribusiness industry have access to a highly skilled labor pool. The state's flagship university, Louisiana State University (LSU), is one of the few land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant universities in the nation. Many faculty members at the university's College of Agriculture are jointly appointed with the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station or the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Close proximity to these experts is an asset to agribusiness.

Community and technical college programs, coupled with research university curricula, provide Louisiana's agribusiness workforce with strong skills, background and expertise. Louisiana universities already have strong connections to agribusiness sectors. Twenty university-run research stations located throughout the state conduct groundbreaking research and offer economic resources to companies.

Specialty food product ventures can also benefit from technical support and the latest research from experts in the Food Science Department and School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU. In South Louisiana, Nicholls State University partnered with Chef John Folse to create a Culinary Arts program — merging food science with culinary arts.

ConAgra Lamb Weston selected Delhi, where the sweet potato processing facility opened in fall 2010, because of its close proximity and easy access to the LSU Agricultural Center's scientists. The company formed a research partnership with the center's Sweet Potato Research Station — the only facility of its kind devoted to sweet potato development — in conjunction with their new sweet potato processing facility in Northeast Louisiana. Their goal is to develop a more disease-resistant variety of sweet potato that is less prone to bruise during harvesting and processing.

Louisiana's Growing Opportunities

Louisiana provides vast resources for emerging and expanding companies in the agribusiness and food processing industries. The state's forests supply timber; its farmlands yield cotton, soybeans and sugar cane; and its waters account for one-third of the nation's seafood supply. The warm climate means an extended growing season, and an intermodal transportation infrastructure helps ship value-added products around the globe.

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