La. rice farmers, mill giving 7 tons to Haiti

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Louisiana farmers and a Lake Charles mill are giving at least seven tons of rice for Haitians affected by last week's earthquake.

The LSU AgCenter says the Louisiana Rice Growers Association is buying two tons of rice, and Farmer's Rice Mill is giving five tons plus a 10 percent match to any other rice donated for the cause.

Association Chairman Jeff Durand says several farmers have bought rice to ship to Haiti. He says Louisiana farmers were blessed with an abundant crop in 2009, and it's natural for them to help.

Farmer's Rice Mill manager Jamie Warshaw says the rice is being barged to Haiti by Friend Ships International.

He says two federal relief shipments totaling 11,000 tons are being loaded onto cargo ships at the Port of Lake Charles.

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