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Feb 10, 2011 9:32 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Baton Rouge port holds off on grain contract

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Port of Greater Baton Rouge says it will honor a request by the Jindal administration to hold off on deciding who will operate the port's grain elevator until the state and the LSU AgCenter complete an economic analysis of the proposed
leases.
Port Director Jay Hardman told The Advocate on Wednesday that the commission will not convene a meeting it scheduled for Tuesday to hear pitches from Cargill Inc., which currently operates the grain elevator, and Louis Dreyfus Global.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said it is not likely the report will be completed before Tuesday.
Strain said the report would expand beyond just agriculture, including input from other state agencies about the impact on the
port, the maritime industry and the overall economy.

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