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Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from Farm Bureau President Richard Fontenot


VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB

JULY 22, 2014

 

     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Richard Fontenot, President of the Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau. Fontenot , a fifth generation farmer in Evangeline Parish, also serves on Farm Bureau’s Mutual Board and is a District Five Board Member representing our area on a national level. Farm Bureau is an organization that is considered the voice of Louisiana agriculture.

    Fontenot said the number one crop in Evangeline Parish is rice followed surprisingly by horses. Cattle production is number three followed by forestry at the number four position. Statewide, forestry production is number one. Ten percent of the rice crop in the state is produced here in Evangeline Parish.

   He praised State Representative Bernard LeBas for his leadership in helping the rice industry through the check off program.

   Fontenot said the new farm bill is not friendly to Louisiana producers because it removes all direct payments and relies more on crop insurance.

   His outlook for the crops this year: rice will be good, soybeans average to above average and cattle prices will be surging.

   In an answer to a question about a young person wanting to get into agriculture production, he said it would very difficult to get the financing. The high costs for equipment and land is prohibitive for many people. For example, a new combine could be as high as $500,000 and a new tractor could be around $200,000.

   Fontenot was the special guest of Rotarian Jeremy Ortego.

Ville Platte Police Make Addtional Arrests in Fighting Incident


Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reports additional charges filed in July 4th incident.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department has charged 4 more people in the previously reported incident of July 4th, 2014.  As the investigation continued and more information and videos were shared with detectives, additional people were brought in for questioning and subsequently charged.  The following were charged with disturbing the peace by fighting.

 

Charged were: Carrie Fruge 23 of 723 South Dupre Street, Ville Platte

                        Deandre Dangerfield 20, of 1614 Amy Street, Ville Platte

                        Constance Spriggins 21, of 249 Lithcote Road, Ville Platte

                        Makeisha Fruge  22 of 1114 Peach Street, Ville Platte

 

All 4 have since posted their bond of $10,000.00 each issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine.

 

Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to remember to check all windows and doors on homes vehicles and out buildings to make sure they are locked and secure to prevent thefts.  If you see suspicious activity or know of illegal activity please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

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