Gov. John Bel Edwards: No 'Sugar Coating' Budget Crisis

Story by Billy Gunn, The Advocate

A month or two removed from a decent but expensive sugar cane harvest, Louisiana cane farmers learned Tuesday that the LSU Agricultural Center they rely on could once again lose funds if the state’s revenue shortfall isn’t funded.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told farmers at the annual American Sugar Cane League conference in Lafayette that funding cuts for the LSU AgCenter, which is part of the LSU system and oversees agricultural stations and programs across the state, would be tied to cuts in higher education.

“The state of Louisiana is in one of the toughest spots it’s ever been in. There is no sugarcoating it,” Edwards told farmers, pun intended.

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