Alfred Trappey II | 4/21/2005 11:59:06 PM
The Louisiana House Commerce Committee has scheduled a field hearing for 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center in Baton Rouge.
The hearing, which will seek input from members of the Louisiana food processing industry, will precede the third annual LSU AgCenter Food Processors Conference being held at the Pennington Conference Center.
The purpose of the legislative field hearing is to focus specifically on the commercial needs, economic status, regulatory issues and overall general health of the Louisiana food-processing industry, according to Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter.
"Unlike general manufacturing, our food-processing industry is not bound by geographic borders but is an integral and essential employer in every parish," Coreil said. The food processors conference, beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, will provide information on the mission and roles of economic development, incumbent workforce training, food-processing entrepreneurship, strategies for food safety, packaging and techniques for successful marketing of food products and allied services, according to Dr. Mike Moody, head of the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Food Science and one of the organizers of the conference.
The conference will feature representatives of Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Department of Labor, Greater New Orleans Inc. and Informa Economics Inc. Mike Olivier, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, will be the keynote speaker.
In addition, 33 trade show spaces will feature products and services available to the Louisiana food-processing industry.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture