State wants to lease site of closed syrup mill
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry wants to lease the site of a syrup mill near Lacassine.
The mill cost $72 million and operated for only three months.
It was built with state funds and touted by the former Ag Commissioner Bob Odom to help southwest Louisiana cane farmers.
Department of Agriculture and Forestry spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove says a Peruvian company has agreed to buy the mill for $7 million.
They plan to dismantle the facility and ship it to Peru.
The state wants to generate some revenue from the 22-acre site where the mill now sits.