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“AgCenter Leads” tell the story of the LSU AgCenter’s research and educational programs. Each “Lead” includes examples of the impact an AgCenter program has on the state of Louisiana. For more information about each topic, please refer to the links and contacts included in each “Lead.”

Dairy cattle at the Southeast Research Station
Dairy Industry Vital to Louisiana Agriculture
Louisiana’s dairy industry contributes about $131 million to the economy every year. A tough business climate, however, has caused many Louisiana dairy farms to shut down in recent years. There are now only 125 dairy herds left in the state, most of which are in the Florida Parishes region.
Louisiana 4-H continues to grow
4-H is a youth development organization that emphasizes learning by doing. Members develop a diverse, lifelong skill set they can use to serve others, said Mark Tassin, LSU AgCenter program leader for 4-H youth and family development. Louisiana has about 250,000 4-H'ers.
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Master Gardeners help make Louisiana beautiful
Now in its 20th year, the Louisiana Master Gardener program continues to grow, helping the LSU AgCenter reach gardeners across the state with research-based horticulture information.
Office of Intellectual Property Turns 25
In 2012, the LSU AgCenter Office of Intellectual Property celebrates its 25th anniversary. During that time it has grown to be the leader in commercialization of intellectual property within the LSU System and, in fact, within higher education in Louisiana. Since 2000, 14 new companies have been started based on licensing technology from the AgCenter.
Housing for Hurricanes: LaHouse serves as a model for Louisiana homes
The LSU AgCenter’s “LaHouse” is designed to hold up against strong winds and flooding and serve as a model for how to build homes with hurricane-resistant features in Louisiana.
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4-H’ers Learn Marsh Maneuvers
Teach the young about the value of Louisiana’s coastline and marshes, and they’ve learned a lesson for a lifetime. That’s the philosophy behind the LSU AgCenter’s annual series of Marsh Maneuvers camps. They’re unique opportunities to mix fun with education – and in the end, help save our coast.
Trees and Trails
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is an oasis for garden and nature lovers. In addition to serving as a horticultural research center, it is also a destination for visitors to Baton Rouge and Louisiana as part of the Burden Museum & Gardens.
Panama group
LSU AgCenter Goes Global
Agriculture is essential to the life of every person in every country of the world. Through its International Programs office, the LSU AgCenter takes its mission of innovating, educating and improving lives worldwide while improving research and extension efforts here at home.
Craig Adam
Louisiana ‘Master Farmers’ Lead the Nation
Louisiana has stepped out ahead of all other states in the nation in helping farmers learn to voluntarily comply with stricter environmental regulations governing water quality. This has happened because of the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program.
Are you ready for a hurricane?
Hurricane season is right around the corner, officially starting on June 1. Are you ready?
cattle flooded
Get ready for a hurricane
To prepare for hurricane season you need to gather supplies and makes plans for your survival and that of your animals, both pets and livestock. Following are guidelines and resources to help you.
Learn from LaHouse
Framed by stucco arches and topped with a red tile roof, LaHouse looks a lot like many buildings on LSU's campus. On the inside, however, it is far from the norm. The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center is a permanent sustainable housing and development educational exhibit and outreach program.
Autumn Lilac azalea
Get Ready for Gardening
Get ready for spring gardening by attending one of the LSU AgCenter-sponsored shows. Experts will be at all the shows giving advice, making presentations and answering your questions.
Kelly Woo
Food Incubator gets products to market
The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator is a one-stop resource center for people looking to break into the food business and put sellable, high-quality products on store shelves. The incubator puts within reach of entrepreneurs the tools to test, produce, package and market foods.
Nick Singh
Plant Diagnostic Center ready with answers
It only takes one sick plant to spoil the looks of your home landscape or your garden. But before you attempt to treat, you need to find out what's going on from an expert in plant diagnostics. And that's when you want to turn to the LSU AgCenter’s own "plant doctor," Raghuwinder Singh.
Go Red Logo
February Heart Month: Keep it healthy
February is a month dedicated to the heart – in more ways than one. This is the time to celebrate love and give your sweetheart a valentine. This is also the month to wear red and call attention to prevention of the No. 1 killer of women – heart disease.
Vow Not to Gain Weight over the Holidays
The holiday season brings eating and drinking temptations galore, and many people gain a pound or two – but usually not any more. The problem is that any weight gained during the holidays tends not to come off the rest of the year, unless you make a commitment to weight loss.
red poinsettia
Pick Poinsettias
Pointy and pretty, no flower quite has the petal power of poinsettias at the holidays. And the selection would be far fewer in Louisiana were it not for the LSU AgCenter. Although AgCenter horticulturists do not develop new varieties of poinsettias, they do evaluate the varieties that come on the market and test them for their suitability to grow here.
Master Gardeners work at Burden Center
Master Gardener program continues to grow
The LSU AgCenter offers home gardeners opportunities to develop their skills and share their knowledge with others through participation in the Louisiana Master Gardener program.
School success starts with healthy habits
It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools in session again, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish good habits.
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