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Website links fishers, farmers, buyers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Office of Community Development is touting the online Louisiana MarketMaker program that provides a database of local fishers, farmers and food retailers, matching food producers with consumer markets and thus potential buyers.

The office's Disaster Recovery Unit provided a three-year, $125,000 grant to the LSU AgCenter to get the service up and running.

On Tuesday, the state said the website had more than 4.6 million hits since it launched in June 2010 through April - much more than its initial goal of 100,000.

Anybody in Louisiana with a product to sell - seafood, citrus, pecans, strawberries or other items - can establish an account on the site for free.

Potential buyers then can find them through the site's Google-based searchable database.

 

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