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Oct 27, 2009 2:01 PM by sleonard

State starts Internet program sells La. products

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say a new Internet marketing program is expected to increase sales for Louisiana farmers and fishermen.
The state agriculture and wildlife and fisheries departments are contracting with MarketMaker, through which wholesale buyers, restaurants, grocers and the general public can find and purchase
products from Louisiana farmers and fishermen.
Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor, told the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday, the program will satisfy both the demand for fresh, local products as well as pay a better price to farmers and
fishermen.
Agricultural and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said NarketMaker, developed by the University of Illinois, costs $63,000 to purchase and $15,000 for annual maintenance.
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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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