Choudrant, Louisiana

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Choudrant is a village in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 582 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Former U.S. Representative Jerry Huckaby has retired to Choudrant.

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Geography

Choudrant is located at 32°31′49″N 92°30′45″W / 32.53028°N 92.5125°W / 32.53028; -92.5125 (32.530269, -92.512405)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2), all land.

Economy

As a village, Choudrant has limited business opportunity. There are several "home grown" businesses within the village limits. Some of the more notable are Parnell's Station, Ken's Mini Mart, Spiller's Service Station, Morrison's Building Supply, and Choudrant Appliance. The most prominent of local businesses is Community Trust Bank, originally founded as the Bank of Choudrant. It has since grown to become one of the largest banks in both Lincoln Parish and the neighboring Ouachita Parish. Despite its growth though, the FDIC still recognizes the original Choudrant branch as its home office. Community Trust also sponsored the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston until 2005, whence sponsorship was taken up by Squire Creek Country Club.

A Pilgrim's Pride poultry hatchery in Choudrant was marked for closure early in 2009, along with other company operations in nearby Arcadia in Bienville Parish, Athens in Claiborne Parish, and Farmerville in Union Parish. The closures cost this part of North Louisiana some 1,300 jobs.[2] Several weeks later, however, Pilgrim's Pride accepted an $80 million offer from Foster Farms of California to purchase the operations. In addition, to the 1,300 direct jobs in Farmerville, the purchase spares the small farms of some three hundred independent growers. Foster Farms put up $40 million and the State of Louisiana a matching $40 million. Foster Farms will further invest $10 million in capital improvements at the Farmerville plant, to be matched by the state, in an agreement announced by Governor Bobby Jindal.[3]

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