NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A farmers market in a burgeoning urban park in New Orleans and a project to build up a local food economy in Acadiana are getting federal support.

Federal agencies and the White House Rural Council announced this week that the federal government will lend technical assistance to the two projects. The projects are a farmers market in the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans and the formation of the Acadiana Food Alliance.

The two Louisiana projects are among 26 around the nation receiving help from the federal government. The government says it will provide teams of experts to help get the food projects off the ground. This is part of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called Local Foods, Local Places.

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