New Orleans farmer running for Louisiana agriculture leader
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans farmer is vying to become Louisiana's next agriculture commissioner.
Marguerite "Margee" Green is a Democrat who operates a flower and vegetable farm. She announced her campaign Monday to unseat the state's current agriculture commissioner, Republican Mike Strain.
Green says she wants to address hardships that President Donald Trump's tariffs created for farmers.
She says farmers need to diversify crops and adapt to climate change. She says too few farmers in Louisiana produce food for the state's residents, instead focusing too heavily on exports.
Green is the second candidate to take on Strain in the fall election. Natchitoches Parish farmer Charlie Greer, another Democrat, is also running for the position.