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Commodity Promotion and Research

The Commodity Promotion and Research Division administers promotion and research development programs that serve farmers and consumers through state and regional trade shows, retail promotions, chef demonstrations, market research, development and implementation of promotion and research activities by commodity specific boards, a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The division also provides one-on-one assistance to farmers and consumers for varied promotion services and for information about Louisiana agriculture outlets such as farmers markets and roadside stand sales opportunities.

Louisiana Dairy Producers Refundable Tax Credit Program

Created by ACT 461 of the 2007 Louisiana Legislature, this income tax credit is a direct dollar for dollar reduction against dairy producers’ income tax for the taxable year that is filed with the state.

The total amount of the tax credit that may be given to Louisiana milk producers is limited to $2.5 million dollars per year. Louisiana dairymen may be eligible to receive tax credits ranging from $5,000.00 to $30,000.00. The amount of tax credit is based upon the total claims made to the $2.5 million dollar cap allotment, milk production during the year, milk prices, production costs, and the number of quarters in a year that the USDA Uniform Price drops below the announced production price.

Through the combined efforts of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, LSU AgCenter, Department of Health and Hospitals, and the Federal Milk Market Administrator for Federal Milk Order #7, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will then determine the amount of tax credit that will be administered to producers.

Dairy Industry Promotion Board Meeting Minutes


Louisiana Grown Real. Fresh. Logo Program

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) developed Louisiana Grown Real. Fresh. to identify and promote Louisiana agricultural specialty crops and the value added food products of such crops grown, harvested, and processed in Louisiana. The goal of the Louisiana Grown Real. Fresh. logo program is to provide Louisiana specialty crop producers the ability to connect with the consumer and have their products easily recognized as a local product through statewide branding and promotion efforts that encourage consumers to buy fresh local products within the state of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Grown Real. Fresh. logo branding is designed to create consumer awareness and increased consumption of Louisiana specialty crops. The logo is trademarked and will be licensed free of charge to specialty crop producers who apply for use and have been deemed eligible. Wholesalers, farmers’ markets and retailers selling Louisiana grown specialty crops can also apply for use of the logo for advertising and promotional purposes. The logo may be used on containers, packages, and/or labels that hold or contain 100% Louisiana grown specialty crop products and on promotional items, such as signs, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, bags and aprons, also in ads and other promotional materials.

Application for license to use logo [Doc.]

Louisiana Grown Real. Fresh. website


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, DVM, encourages senior citizens 60 years old and older who meet certain income requirements to contact their parish Council on Aging to participate in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). (In New Orleans, contact Catholic Charities).

All participants must be at least 60 years old and have a household income of not more than 185% of the poverty level. For one person in the household, the annual household income level would be $21,775 or less and for two persons in the household, the annual household income level would be $29,471 or less. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in the 2015 program allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands.

Through the grant, those who qualify will receive a book of five $4-coupons ($20). The SFMNP coupons may only be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey approved by the Louisiana Farmers Market Nutrition Program from farmers at approved farmers markets and roadside stands (or farm stands). Farmers cannot give change for coupons; therefore, each purchase must be at least $4. Coupons are not permitted for grocery stores or non-participating farmers. Only farmers that have signed “Farmer Participation Agreements” with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry may accept the coupons. Current issue coupons will expire November 30, 2015. Seniors who receive coupons also will receive a directory, listing participating farmers markets and roadside stands where the coupons may be spent.

Seniors who received coupons in 2014 will not automatically receive a new booklet. Seniors who qualify for the coupons must go to their local parish Council on Aging to re-apply for the program. (In New Orleans, contact Catholic Charities).

Seniors who receive commodities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Food for Seniors Program; those who have a Letter of Eligibility for the Louisiana Purchase Card (SNAP); those who have a Letter of Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or those who receive Medicaid are pre-qualified for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program because the income level to qualify for those programs is less than for this program. Those who pre-qualify still need to complete an application for the farmers market coupons in order to participate.

For more information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call 985-345-9483.

Farmers Markets 2015

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement_2015.

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in the 2015 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allowing recipients to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and cut herbs from farmers at approved farmers markets and roadside stands.  Women, infants (over 4 months old) and children that have been certified to receive WIC program benefits are eligible to participate in the WIC FMNP.  Currently, this program is only available in Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita and Plaquemines Parishes at certain WIC clinics.

Through the grant, those who qualify will receive a book of six $4-coupons ($24).  Farmers cannot give change for coupons; therefore, each purchase must be at least $4. Coupons are not permitted for grocery stores or non-participating farmers. Only farmers that have signed “Farmer Participation Agreements” with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry may accept the coupons. Current issue coupons will expire November 30, 2015. Recipients who receive coupons also will receive a directory, listing participating farmers markets and roadside stands where the coupons may be spent.

Participants who received coupons in 2015 will not automatically receive a new booklet.  Recipients who qualify for the coupons must go to their local WIC clinic to re-apply for the program.

For more information about the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, call 985-345-9483.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement_2015.


Specialty Crop Grant Programs

Crops considered specialty crops include fruits and tree nuts, vegetables, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, as well as nursery, floriculture, and horticulture crops. For a complete list of eligible crops, visit the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service website.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Programs

Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program