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Boutique law firm opens on Poydras

The law firm of Miller Sullivan & DeMarcay LLC has been formed with offices at 1100 Poydras St., Suite 1515, in New Orleans.

Attorneys with the firm are Matt Miller, Andrew Sullivan, Larry DeMarcay and Z. Carter Figueroa.

The boutique law firm is focused on practice areas that include mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, estate planning, general business law, including startups and entity formation, and commercial litigation across all industries. Typical clients include closely held businesses; their owners; individuals who have a need for estate planning and entities; and individuals involved in commercial litigation.

The founding members have been practicing for a number of years at prominent law firms in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Two are board-certified tax law specialists, who also both received their master’s of law in taxation from the New York University School of Law. The firm’s attorneys have closed transactions ranging in size from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars and litigated business issues in courts throughout Louisiana, Texas and Florida.

The firm’s phone number is (504) 708-1300, and its website, www.msdnola.com, is in production.

Food safety program being developed

A team of LSU AgCenter scientists is developing an educational program for Louisiana fruit and vegetable farmers to help them reduce food safety risks associated with using raw animal or plant waste as soil nutrients.

The program is funded by a $199,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Animal waste, including cattle manure, poultry litter, swine slurry and horse manure, is a rich source of nutrients that support crop growth, said AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari, who is leading the team. If left untreated, animal manure can harbor human pathogens, including E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes and salmonella and can contaminate harvestable parts of the fruits and vegetables, increasing the food safety risks.

The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule has recommended standards for the use of raw animal manure or compost on produce farms, and the team will use them to develop a curriculum on proper use of biological soil amendments and provide a basic training program for growers.

The AgCenter has developed and validated several on-farm composting methods.

The project will include participants from the LSU AgCenter, Southern University Ag Center, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association as well as representatives of composters, local food hubs, and other nongovernmental and community-based organizations.

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