Siblings buy rice mill from family members

The Falcon Rice Mill in Crowley has been acquired by siblings Robert Trahan and Christine Fulton, along with their spouses, from family members Charles and Mona Trahan and Randy and Connie Falcon.

The Falcon family started a small seed rice business in 1942. Edward and Evelyn Falcon would purchase rough rice from area farmers in the fall to be cleaned, treated and resold for seed for spring planting. They installed a milling operation in 1950.

The Falcon Rice Mill began selling rice under the names “Ed’s,” “Randy’s,” and eventually “Falcon” rice. Other brands followed, including the popular Cajun Country brand.

ALL Crane Rental opens in Geismar

ALL Crane Rental of Louisiana has opened at 37316 La. 74 in Geismar.

The company offers a fleet of cranes, aerial work platforms, boom trucks, material handlers and other lift equipment from strategic locations, providing rental, sales, service and jobsite analysis to help customers get the right equipment for the job.

Professors research deepwater wells

A team of LSU professors is researching ways to improve modeling capabilities to better characterize, predict and analyze pressure and rate behavior in deepwater oil and natural gas wells.

The researchers were awarded a grant from Shell for $300,000 over the course of three years for the project.

The team is led by Christopher D. White, associate professor in LSU’s Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Center for Computation and Technology.

Other participants include fellow CCT faculty member Mayank Tyagi, assistant professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering; Karsten Thompson, professor in the LSU Department of Chemical Engineering; Stephen Sears, professional-in-residence in the LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering; and Clint Wilson, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Apply for healthy communities grants

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is accepting grant applications for its 2011 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program.

The deadline to apply for funding is Aug. 31. Awards will be announced Sept. 12.

KLB awarded close to $200,000 in grants to groups around the state in 2010.

All grantees are required to participate in the annual Great American Cleanup held March through May each year or in America Recycles Day, held on Nov.15 each year.

Guidelines and eligibility requirements, as well as application information, are available on the KLB website at

IRS warns against tax claim scams

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to guard against scams that mislead them into filing false claims for tax credits or rebates.

The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return-related scams across the country, including Louisiana, frequently involving unsuspecting taxpayers who normally do not have a filing requirement in the first place.

Promoters of these scams often prey upon low-income individuals and the elderly.

These taxpayers are led to believe they should file a return with the IRS for tax credits, refunds or rebates for which they are not entitled.

The IRS said fliers have been appearing in community churches around the country, with advertisements for free money from the agency, suggesting the taxpayer can file with little or no documentation.

BR marketing firm to head milk campaign

The Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board has selected Xdesign in Baton Rouge as the agency to spearhead its marketing campaign for the next three years to promote and increase the consumption of milk.

Xdesign collaborated with strategic partner Bond Public Relations and Brand Strategy out of New Orleans to focus on promotions and public relations throughout the state for the Louisiana Dairy Industry Board.

Xdesign said the campaign will use traditional media as well as an emphasis on digital and social media to target students, their parents, coaches, teachers and other community members to promote good health and nutrition.