BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Jindal administration deal to spend up to $37 million to help build a sweet potato processing plant in northeastern Louisiana is up for approval from lawmakers.
The Legislature's joint budget committee is scheduled to decide Friday whether to tap the state's economic development "mega-fund" for the ConAgra Foods Inc. plant planned near Delhi.
ConAgra says the plant will process high-quality sweet potatoes from the area into fries and other food products. The plant is scheduled to open in November 2010 with 275 workers — with plans to expand to 500 employees within a few years.
Louisiana economic development officials say the state's money will pay for plant processing equipment and site improvements.