Louisiana bill encourages using local produce

New legistlation would reimburse restaurants who buy local

The Louisiana Legislature has advanced a bill that would reward restaurants using local fruits, vegetables and other food produced in the state.

Under the “Louisiana Buy Local Purchase Incentive Program,” eligible restaurants would receive a 4 percent reimbursement of cost of using locally produced products. The state began working on the program after last summer’s British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill crippled the state’s seafood industry.

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