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Broussard Rice Mill Closure (1997)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-09-05

Duration: 00:08:02

Subjects: Agriculture | Rice farmers | Tariff | North American Free Trade Agreement | Economy | International trade


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Broussard, Keith Interviewee
  • Dore, Bill Interviewee
  • Zaunbrecher, Fred Interviewee
  • Loewer, Jackie Interviewee
  • Levy, Ronnie Interviewee


This segment from the September 5, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the closure of the Broussard Rice Mill in Crowley after 50 years of operation. Her report touches on the impact of the new tariff structure created by NAFTA, or the North America Free Trade Agreement on the rice industry in Louisiana. She interviews: Keith Broussard, Broussard mill president; Bill Dore, Supreme Rice Mill; Fred Zaunbrecher, rice farmer; Jackie Loewer, rice farmer; and Ronnie Levy, LSU AgCenter. Host: Robert Collins