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Leaders gather to discuss the rural economy

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The Arklatex is largely rural and sometimes economic development can get overlooked in less populated areas but not Thursday.

Rural economic development was the focus at a conference held at the Cypress Bend Resort. It attracted leaders from around the Arklatex. It's believed agriculture and forestry will continue to provide the most economic impact for  rural communities but through specialty crops. Leaders spoke about how to help the industries.

"One of the things about production of our specialty crops, what it takes in order to grow them," Carrie Castille, Louisiana's assoc. commissioner of agriculture, said. "If it's specific opportunities to be able to learn what grows well in our communities and how we can best market them."

Specialty crops for Northwest Louisiana include strawberries, blueberries and more. The meeting also gave state and community leaders a chance to mingle and build contacts. The conference was hosted by the Coordinating and Development Corporation.

 

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