BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Farmers who lost at least $10,000 because of last year's floods can get federal grants to cover up to $100,000 in such losses, and the application period begins Wednesday. The $9.5 million block grant program covers farmers and ranchers with operations in any of the 51 parishes declared disaster areas last year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agriculture department has scheduled informational meetings Monday and Tuesday in north and central Louisiana.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University received applications from seven companies seeking to be its medical marijuana grower, as the school sets up one of Louisiana's two production facilities. The Southern University Ag Center expects to finish reviewing applications by the end of the month.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana university will pay $100,000 to settle complaints about its primate lab. The settlement says the University of Louisiana at Lafayette doesn't admit any wrongdoing at its New Iberia Research Center. A U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint in March 2015 said one monkey's arm was broken but not checked for five days. A statement Friday from the university says it reported most of the incidents, which it says "occurred as part of routine housing and care of nonhuman primates."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Newly announced fellowships from the National Humanities Center in North Carolina will enable two faculty members at Loyola University in New Orleans to pursue book projects. A Loyola news release says the NHC fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year went to Prof. Laura T. Murphy and Associate Prof. Rian Thum.
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