BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Produce growers in Louisiana have a new organization for marketing, lobbying and providing information about production.

LSU AgCenter gardening specialist Kiki Fontenot says a vegetable growers' group stopped functioning a few years ago. She says the same people usually grow both fruits and vegetables, so the new organization is the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers.

Officers elected at the first meeting represent growers from each area of the state.

Fontenot is the group's secretary. The president is Eddie Romero of New Iberia. Pam Ferrin of Baton Rouge is the treasurer. Other board members are Brandt Robin from Church Point, Carl Howell from Pioneer, Kevin Allen from Farmerville, Alyssa Denny from New Orleans and Conwith Davis from Alexandria.