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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.”

LaBonte at field day
Agriculture dominates Louisiana's northeast region
In the small towns of northeast Louisiana, it’s usually not hard to tell whether farmers are having a good year or a bad year. When the harvest is bountiful and commodity prices are good, nearly everyone – farmer or not – seems to have a little more money to spend.
Herry Utomo
Office of Intellectual Property leads in commercialization
Since its establishment in 1991, the LSU AgCenter Office of Intellectual Property has grown to be the leader in commercialization of intellectual property within the LSU System and, in fact, within higher education in Louisiana.
hybrid rice
AgCenter plant breeders make Louisiana agriculture thrive
Rice, sugarcane and sweet potatoes are staple crops around the world. Here at home, they’re signatures of Louisiana cuisine and culture. Together, those three crops annually contribute about $1.5 billion to the state’s economy — a sizeable impact that wouldn’t be possible without the LSU AgCenter.
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.
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.
man with flowers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 – Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station turns 125; LSU AgCenter, 40
In 2012, we celebrated 125 years of research excellence at the LSU AgCenter through the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which was established in 1887. That was the year Congress passed the Hatch Act, which provided federal funding to support agricultural experiment stations at the nation’s land-grant colleges.
William Carter Stubbs
Agriculture Research Begins with the Sugar Experiment Station in 1885
The Louisiana Sugar Planters Association hired William Carter Stubbs away from Alabama in 1885 to director a Sugar Experiment Station, which was the beginning of agricultural research in Louisiana.
French Quarter
The Mighty Termite: Scientists work to corral the spread
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to add weapons to their arsenal as they battle the spread of the Formosan subterranean termite. And they’re making headway. This pest voraciously consumes wooden structures and woody plants and causes millions of dollars in damages.
enjoying a strawberry
Eat Louisiana Strawberries
Not only do Louisiana strawberries taste good. They’re good for the state’s economy. And this year Louisiana strawberry growers once again are producing a delicious crop.
Hot-weather Gardening: Freshen with new flowers, pruning, pest control
Yards and gardens generally look a little frayed by this time of the year. The final really hot days that usually come at the end of a long, hot summer are especially hard on plants, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill.
Body Walk
Back to School 2009: Move over summer, a new year is upon us!
From pre-K through college, LSU AgCenter experts offer advice about preparing for and making sure of a successful school year. Getting ready involves more than students. It’s important to the family, the community and, ultimately, our society.
Be Child Care Aware: Educational campaign improves family choices
Improving the lives of Louisiana families and children has long been a goal of the LSU AgCenter. The “Be Child Care Aware!” educational campaign is one example of that work.
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