BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Farmers are needed by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry for a nutrition program servicing low-income seniors and WIC recipients.

According to LDAF, fruit, vegetable, herb and honey producers are wanted as vendors for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The department says the program offers area farmers “access to another revenue pool.”

LDAF says the program will be moving to an electronic payment system to make transactions quicker and more convenient. The department says a positive of the new system, unlike the voucher system, will be purchasing flexibility.

“The modernization of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program will result in less cost and greater efficiency with the fact that the cards can be recharged each year and will provide for a rapid reimbursement system for the farmers,” said the LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain.

Those interested in joining the program will be required to get certified and receive training. To join, call 985-345-9483.