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Two Acadia rice mills approved to ship to China

Chinese officials have announced that 32 U.S. rice facilities — including two in Acadia Parish — have been approved to potentially export milled rice to China.
In all, five facilities in Louisiana got the nod. The two in Acadia include Supreme Rice, LLC, in Crowley and Supreme Rice, LLC, in Mermentau.
The move comes after USA Rice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture pushed for China to approve the facilities after demonstrating their ability to adhere to the U.S.-China phytosanitary protocol.

This shrimp boat took Mardi Gras off and tied up at the Morgan City dock, which is submerged due to the high water. The Atchafalaya River is expected to crest near 8 feet March 15. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Atchafalaya River to stay over 7 feet into early April

High water is here to stay at least for a while. Forecasters anticipate the Atchafalaya River will stay above 7 feet through early April after reaching its projected 8-foot crest March 15 in Morgan City.
The initial projected crest was March 20 at the same height. The river has already crested once this year, reaching 6 ½ feet in late January. Flood stage is 6 feet, but that level typically doesn’t cause much, if any, issue for residents and businesses. The river had risen to near 7.4 feet as of Thursday morning.

Bishop Douglas Deshote.

Bible Marathon taking place in St. Martinville

Féte-Dieu du Teche is holding the annual Bible Marathon in the Town Square of St. Martinville that on Ash Wednesday and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The event drew over 3,000 people last year. This year marks the third time that the Holy Bible will be read publicly from cover to cover without pause in the square of the Diocese of Lafayette’s oldest church parish, St. Martin de Tours. The parish was erected in 1765.

Crop acreage mix expected to change

Projections indicate that corn and cotton acreage will increase this year but less grain sorghum and soybeans will be grown, an LSU AgCenter economist said at an AgCenter crops and cattle forum in central Louisiana.
Kurt Guidry said ending stocks for corn are smaller this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting 92 million acres of corn will be planted this year, a 2-million-acre increase from 2018.

Ash Wednesday began the Lenten season and the Monsignor J. Robert Romero, left, and Deacon Gary Gaudin of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church performed a noon Mass. Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day season of fast and penance. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday began the Lenten season and the Monsignor J. Robert Romero, left, and Deacon Gary Gaudin of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church performed a noon Mass. Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day season of fast and penance. (Photo by Myra Miller)

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