Louisiana Contacts

SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: Louisiana Purchase Card

Current contractor: Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc.(Conduent)


Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

J. Funderburk

email: J.Funderburk.DCFS@la.gov




Louisiana Ag Department

Louisiana Department of Agriculture 


LDAF Market Bulletin Contact: marketbulletin@ldaf.state.la.us


WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Rebecca Riecke, Program Manager

Phone: 985-345-9483

Email: rriecke@ldaf.la.gov


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Rebecca Riecke, Program Manager

Phone: 985-345-9483

Email: rriecke@ldaf.la.gov

Louisiana News/Case Studies

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

FMC at Conferences in Louisiana & Pennsylvania

Honesta Romberger February 8, 2019

It’s conference season! And this week, FMC took to the road to present at two events across the country; The Fresh Central Certified Institute hosted by the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Get a quick overview from both events below. Fresh… Read More

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Position: Director of Development City of Ruston, La

Darlene Wolnik February 1, 2019

Date: January 31, 2019 Position Announcement The City of Ruston is recruiting the following position: TITLE: Director of Development REPORTS TO: Director of Administrative Services SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Grant writing for the City of Ruston and North Louisiana Farm Fresh, serve as the Executive Director for the Ruston Farmers Market, leader and participant in local… Read More

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Full-time Market Manager Position- Alexandria LA

Darlene Wolnik January 18, 2019

JOB POSTING: Farmers Market Manager, Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, Alexandria, LA.  Full time, salaried $38-42K, and benefits. More details here. Read More

Back to Your Roots: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series – March 7-9, 2019

Honesta Romberger January 15, 2019

CAMPTI, Louisiana (January 15, 2019) – Campti Field of Dreams will host Back to Your Roots: A Sustainable Agriculture Masters Series March 7 through 9, 2019, at Reese Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus and other locations in the Ruston, Louisiana, area. This 3-day conference has much to offer those in all phases and… Read More

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New Orleans schools: Join Market Umbrella’s Meet Me at the Market program

Darlene Wolnik October 11, 2018

Market Umbrella’s “Meet Me at the Market” program consists of a staff visit to the classroom with curriculum focused on local seasonality and nutrition, and then a field trip to the farmers market, with facilitated fun and educational activities. The NGO has funding through a USDA Farm to School grant to build/refurbish school gardens, train… Read More

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USDA awards CLEDA $294,286 farmers market grant

Darlene Wolnik September 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLEDA) – Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) has won a $294,286 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). CLEDA President and CEO Jim Clinton said, “The grant to CLEDA will strengthen the network of rural farmers markets in Central Louisiana. This will significantly increase our capacity to improve access to fresh, healthy… Read More

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Louisiana Healthcare Connections Funds Market Access Programs

Darlene Wolnik September 6, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Healthcare Connections has announced its sponsorship of the Big River Economic and Agriculture Alliance Red Stick Rewards program. The program will match purchases up to $10 made with a Louisiana Purchase Benefit card at any Baton Rouge area Red Stick Farmers Market. BREADA’s markets have been accepting SNAP cards since 2013. In 2017… Read More

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Pasture Education Event- Bogalusa LA

Darlene Wolnik August 28, 2018

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A Summer Foodapalooza Event in Catahoula Parish

Darlene Wolnik June 12, 2018

Positively Local Catahoula will be held Wednesday, June 27, and feature a keynote address from Darlene Wolnik, the Farmers Market Coalition’s Senior Research Associate and a bus tour to showcase how the parish is able to utilize existing projects and resources to strengthen its economy. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at… Read More

Time for the 2018 The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge

Darlene Wolnik June 1, 2018

The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge is challenging YOU to go 30 days in June eating only foods grown, caught, or raised within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods. Local Foods Guide Here Calendar of Events Here Sign Up… Read More

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More

Spotlight on the Alexandria Farmers’ Market

Allie Vrtachnik May 7, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Alexandria Farmers’ Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds… Read More

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Agricultural Food Safety Workshop

Darlene Wolnik March 30, 2018

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this food safety training. The Agricultural Food Safety Workshop is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement… Read More

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2018 Catapult Fund seeking Louisiana food businesses

Darlene Wolnik March 27, 2018

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has partnered with four organizations to provide small business owners in the food industry with training – and grant funding. Applications for the 2018 class of the Catapult Fund are now available. As with the 2016 edition of the program, the 2018 Catapult Fund is focused on the culinary… Read More

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8th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference, March 15 – 17

Darlene Wolnik March 14, 2018

Hosted by Louisiana SARE and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center “Transforming and Elevating Louisiana Small Family Farms” What to expect: engaging speakers, informative sessions, networking opportunities, giveaways, and much more! Who should attend: farmers, beginning farmers, ag business owners, community leaders, community-based organizations, urban agriculturalists, government agencies, etc. Fg Clark Activity Center 7722… Read More

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Champions for Health in the South

Darlene Wolnik February 5, 2018

According to a recent report, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Vermont rank as the healthiest states in the nation. The bottom three? Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. That’s not a surprise, says Jay Maddock, a professor of public health at Texas A&M University. In southern states, Americans are more likely to die prematurely from a wide variety of chronic conditions.… Read More

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Registration opens December 1st for 2018 Health Meets Food Conference in New Orleans

Darlene Wolnik November 13, 2017

Health Meets Food Conference June 14-17, 2018 New Orleans, LA Registration for Health Meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference, to be held June 14-17, 2018, will open December 1, 2017. This year’s conference will build on last year’s themes, with a continued focus on food insecurity and a panel of innovators in the field.  … Read More

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6th Annual Foodapalooza in Alexandria LA adds national panel

Darlene Wolnik November 13, 2017

Panel: Healthy People, Healthy Economies & Vibrant Places Inspired by, and building on, Harvest Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities January 11th, 2018 • 5:30pm to 6:30pm Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd Street, Alexandria, LA 71301 The Harvesting Opportunity report was published by a partnership between the Federal Reserve… Read More

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Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference February 22-23, 2018

Darlene Wolnik October 11, 2017

Of the over 26,000 farms in Louisiana, 3,500 of them are primarily operated by women.   The 2018 conference is being held in Alexandria, Louisiana on February 22nd – 23rd, 2018 and is LIMITED TO 300  Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria (Special room rates available if reserved up to 30 days before event) We will “Kick-Off” the conference… Read More

Counting Visitors at Markets               

Darlene Wolnik March 20, 2017

-Note: this article is also listed in the FMC Resource Library under surveys/evaluation and can be downloaded there.  By Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org Farmers markets across the U.S. use many different methods of counting their visitors. Some of these methods are best used for planning programmatic activities at different points of the… Read More

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FMC’s Newest Board Members

Liz Comiskey January 31, 2017

Brian Coppom Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers Markets Boulder, CO Number of years in the farmers market field: 3 My wife, three children and I are residents of Longmont, Colorado- a small and formerly-ag community outside of Boulder. My work history is primarily made up of working in small or entrepreneurial organizations in various roles.… Read More


Explore these Funding Alternatives for Farmers Markets

Allie Vrtachnik December 13, 2016

  By: Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher Many markets struggle to find funding, and most direct all of their energy to writing successful grants that also come with added project responsibilities. There are a few alternative options for funding that may be worth exploring for your market. None are quick fixes, but may offer some… Read More

Louisiana 2016: August Flood Update

Honesta Romberger August 30, 2016

By: Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Research Associate and Louisiana resident On Thursday August 11, 2016 rain began to fall in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana at a rate of two or more inches an hour. By the time this “storm without a name” officially ended on August 16, four trillion gallons of water had fallen… Read More

Celebrating Farmers Markets in Louisiana

Liz Comiskey August 17, 2016

by Jen Cheek, Executive Director The Farmers Market Coalition joined the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in Central Louisiana last week to officially kick off National Farmers Market Week.  Events included a roundtable discussion among key local agriculture players throughout the state, followed by a visit to the Inglewood Barn Harvest Market in Alexandria, Louisiana.… Read More

**Updated** Congratulations to FMC Member FMPP and FMSSG Awardees!

Liz Comiskey October 9, 2015

The awardees of the 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the first ever Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants (FMSSG) were announced last week! Check out all of the FMC members that were awarded below. Many FMC members will also benefit from grant projects within their community networks; you… Read More

Farmers Market Metric Program Update from FMC Researcher, Darlene Wolnik

Honesta Romberger September 10, 2015

Indicators for Impact: Farmers Markets as Leaders in Collaborative Food System Data Collection and Analysis Update: Market Observations 2014-2015, By Darlene Wolnik FMC Senior Researcher, September 2015 Indicators for Impact: Farmers Markets as Leaders in Collaborative Food System Data Collection and Analysis is a project in which the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with the Farmers Market… Read More

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Spring market season is ripe for data collection at AFRI pilot markets

Liz Comiskey May 15, 2015

While farmers market shopping activity across the United States heats up, nine markets in three regions will also be springing into action with their data collection season for the AFRI-funded Indicators for Impacts project, a three-year data collection research pilot led by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dr. Alfonso Morales and Farmers Market Coalition. Last fall each… Read More

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Temperatures and Markets are Up!

Liz Comiskey July 29, 2013

Hello FMC Supporters, Despite the extreme heat that affected most of the country this month, people have been flocking to their local markets this summer. FMC’s members and supporters have shared amazing photos of the gorgeous produce, delicious prepared foods and many smiling (if sweaty) faces at their markets. These photos and stories have served… Read More

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2013 Discover You Can Participants Announced

Liz Comiskey April 26, 2013

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Discover You Can Learn Make Share℠ program. Thirty FMC member farmers market organizations have been selected by the Farmers Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® Brand Fresh Preserving Products, to take part in this summer’s canning education program. The selected 30 organizations… Read More

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Sowing SEEDs for research at Oregon City Farmers Market

Liz Comiskey July 19, 2012

by Darlene Wolnik, Independent Trainer and Researcher for Public Markets & FMC Market Programs Advisor Oregon City-Where the Oregon Trail ended, the SEED trail begins for Oregon. The Oregon City Farmers Market (OCFM) was the site of the first official Oregon SEED study on June 23 of this year. SEED stands for Sticky Economic Evaluation… Read More