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Jan 22, 2010 6:33 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Louisiana Rice Farmers Lending Helping Hand To Haiti

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Louisiana farmers and a Lake Charles
mill are giving at least seven tons of rice for Haitians affected
by last week's earthquake.
The LSU AgCenter says the Louisiana Rice Growers Association is
buying two tons of rice, and Farmer's Rice Mill is giving five tons
plus a 10 percent match to any other rice donated for the cause.
Association Chairman Jeff Durand says several farmers have
bought rice to ship to Haiti. He says Louisiana farmers were
blessed with an abundant crop in 2009, and it's natural for them to
help.
Farmer's Rice Mill manager Jamie Warshaw says the rice is being
barged to Haiti by Friend Ships International.
He says two federal relief shipments totaling 11,000 tons are
being loaded onto cargo ships at the Port of Lake Charles.

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