|SB 81 bill signing with Sen. Rick Gallot, Eldon Rogillio,|
LRA President/CEO Stan Harris, Gov. Jindal, Sen. Mills
and La. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain.
In early May, LRA Past Chair Dickie Brennan arranged an educational field for chefs and farmers at the LSU Ag Center in Baton Rouge. The day’s events included a tour of the campus vegetable gardens, dairy and meat processing facilities, as well as group discussions on ways farmers, cattlemen and chefs could work towards a mutually beneficial relationship.
To steward this initiative, the Louisiana Restaurant Association has launched a survey which asks chefs specific questions about the types of produce and meats they’d like to see available in Louisiana’s portfolio of offerings. Delivery frequency, quantities, preferred method of payment and what type of restaurant respondents own are among the questions.
“We have so much potential in Louisiana to carry out important industry imperatives, particularly in the sustainability and food and healthy living arenas,” said LRA President/CEO
Stan Harris. “With this initiative, is posed to be a leader in
actively sustaining not only our farmers and cattlemen, but also our
The current Louisiana Legislative Session contains SB 81, the Louisiana Buys Local Incentive Program, with strong support from the Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain, the LRA and Dickie Brennan, current National Restaurant Association Board member serving on the sustainability committee. The bill, if passed, will provide Louisiana restaurants a 4 percent rebate on all produce, meat and seafood purchased annually.
In a recent interview Strain said, “The program is designed to encourage farmers and fishers to continue producing and supplying restaurants with homegrown products, and creates an incentive for restaurant to ‘buy local.’”
The LRA encourages its members to serve
products whenever possible. Please
visit www.LRA.org and complete the survey to do your part in making this a
reality in Louisiana. Louisiana