CROWLEY, La. (AP) — Soil scientist David Weindorf has received funding for research into how to quickly measure the amount of salt and zinc in rice fields. Economist Mike Salassi has been awarded a grant for an economic analysis of rice production and farm management in Louisiana.

They're among 14 LSU AgCenter researchers who shared $1.3 million from the Louisiana Rice Research Board.

The board approved money for 17 projects in October.

The board decides how to use money from a 5-cent fee collected on every 100 pounds of rice produced and sold in Louisiana. Farmers approved renewal of the check-off program last January.

Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, says the check-off program provides a big part of the money needed for research.