Louisiana Agriculture Chief Candidates Talk Climate, Tariffs

By Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's Republican agriculture commissioner defended his performance Monday against two farmers challenging him in the fall election who said the state needs to offer more help for agricultural producers adapting to changing times and climate realities. Incumbent Mike Strain, a veterinarian in office since 2008, said Louisiana's agriculture and forestry industries have doubled in value to $12.7 billion during his tenure.