Source: Louisiana State University AgCenter

LSU AgCenter scientists played a key role in helping to entice ConAgra Foods to locate a new sweet potato processing plant to northeast Louisiana.

ConAgra's Lamb Weston division, which is based in Washington state, has decided to build a state-of-the-art plant near Delhi to take advantage of Louisiana's sweet potato crop, which some contend is the best-tasting in the country.

The plant, whose exact location is still not known, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010 and initially employ 275 people at an average salary of about $35,000 per year.

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