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Kauai Torenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 20, 2015
(Distributed 04/17/15) Torenia, also called wishbone flower, is an alternative bedding plant to consider instead of impatiens for the shade.
Senorita Rosalita, new ‘cousins’ shine in flower beds
(Distributed 04/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Every few years, a new variety of bedding plant comes along that takes the country by storm. Greenhouse growers instantly fall in love; retailers cannot sell enough once they get it on the shelves; and home gardeners go crazy when they truly realize how great of a new plant it is.
Farmers urged to follow safe practices
(Distributed 04/16/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Farmers were urged to be more mindful of protecting themselves from harm on the job at an LSU AgCenter farm safety meeting held Wednesday (April 15).
Formosan termite numbers rising in East Baton Rouge and Louisiana
(Distributed 04/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Mimicking the growing population of East Baton Rouge Parish, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps across the area is also increasing.
Horse owners should watch for signs of joint ill
(Distributed 04/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With breeding season underway, it is important for horse owners to pay attention to lameness in foals — a potential sign of a bacterial infection that causes joint ill.
Lecture series, open house scheduled at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 04/15/1/5) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be held at the Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15.
Electrofishing gives students look at fish diversity
(Distributed 04/14/15) RUDDOCK, La. – With Lake Maurepas standing in for their classroom, LSU College of Agriculture students in the School of Renewable Natural Resources boarded a boat equipped with a generator and anodes. The anodes send electrical currents through the water to temporarily stun fish.
LSU sports dietitian heads to big leagues
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – After four years of helping college athletes stay healthy, Jamie Meeks is going pro. The registered dietitian and alumna of the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences has been named the director of sports nutrition for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.
Angelonia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 13, 2015
(Distributed 04/13/15) Angelonia is a great bedding plant for the warm season.
LaHouse hosts classes on HVAC, leak testing for new housing energy code
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. — Two new classes for contractors and code verifiers to help homes achieve provisions of Louisiana’s new residential building energy code will be offered April 28-30 at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center.
Mayor, council get briefed on agriculture programs
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Each year, the LSU AgCenter and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center give an annual report to the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and members of the Metro Council. This year’s event was held on April 8.
Springtime brings problems for fish ponds
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many Louisiana ponds experience partial fish die-offs during the spring due to a combination of disease and low oxygen stress, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz.
Henna coleus newest Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 04/10/15) HAMMOND, La. – It may be hard to believe, but the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program is now 5 years old. With the announcement of our first 2015 selection – Henna coleus – we now have 29 Louisiana Super Plants. This list will grow to 32 outstanding plants by the end of 2015.
Housing expert offers ways to reduce air conditioning costs
(Distributed 04/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The long, hot, humid summers in the Deep South can cause electric bills to skyrocket as people turn on their air conditioners for relief. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel offers several ways to reduce costs.
Louisiana ag economy grows to $12.7 billion in 2014
(Distributed 04/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter, which was released today online. Net value for all sectors was up 7.6 percent, or $900 million, from 2013, said AgCenter economist John Westra.
Henna Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 6, 2015
(Distributed 04/02/15) Two new plants are joining the list of Louisiana Super Plants this spring. Henna coleus is the first.
Early April is azalea time in Louisiana
(Distributed 04/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – Early April is here, and that signifies the peak flowering season for azaleas across the state. Some years, flowering is earlier; some years, flowers come later.
South Louisiana rice planting off to good start
(Distributed 04/02/15) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers in south Louisiana have been taking advantage of favorable weather to start their growing season with estimates of more than half the acreage planted.
Armenian produce growers visit LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 04/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Five Armenian farmers and food processors are visiting Louisiana this week (March 30-April 3) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides short-term training to agriculture professionals from middle-income countries.
Master Farmer Program receives State Conservation Award
(Distributed 04/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program was honored by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Award Banquet on March 28.
Louisiana corn farmers hurry to plant before hot weather
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Dry weather opened the window for corn planting in Louisiana as farmers were getting anxious to start their growing season.
Salt is salt, whether from sea or mines
(Distributed 03/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Sea salt is sprinkled on chocolate and caramels and used to enhance the flavors of vegetables and meats. Sea salt is a trendy food ingredient. LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent Kate Farbe said nutritionally it is not very different from table salt despite popularized claims that it is healthier.
Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink Butterfly Bush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 30, 2015
(Distributed 03/27/15) One great buddleia (butterfly bush) for Louisiana is better than most on the market. It’s Fluttterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, which was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant in 2014.
Open house at LaHouse set for April 18
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Start caring for crape myrtles now
(Distributed 03/27/15) HAMMOND, La. – Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season. One of favorite landscape plants for late spring and summer is the popular and loved crape myrtle.
AgMagic set for April 20-26 in Baton Rouge, May 13-16 in New Orleans
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – AgMagic, an interactive event that teaches children about agriculture, will be held April 20 to 26 at the Parker Coliseum on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
Soybean and grain board awards AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 study projects
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board has awarded the LSU AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 to continue conducting research and extension programs that benefit the industry.
Rice Research Station hosts leadership class
(Distributed 03/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The 2015 Rice Leadership Class toured the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station on Thursday (March 26) to see what scientists there are doing to help rice farmers with new varieties of rice and better ways of growing it.
Stinging caterpillars coming soon to south Louisiana
(Distributed 03/26/15) HAMMOND, La. – The stinging caterpillars that will become buck moths are beginning to appear in south Louisiana and will be active through May.
Wood chopped, relationships built at conclaves
(Distributed 03/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Crosscut sawing, canoeing, duck calling and ax throwing are some of the events LSU College of Agriculture students participated in at forestry and wildlife conclaves. The conclaves are competitions among students from different universities.
Shrimpers, crabbers learn new regulations
(Distributed 03/25/15) DELCAMBRE, La. – Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
Ag programs prepare high school students for college, workforce
(Distributed 03/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields — science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades — agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future.
Pests, liability, family dynamics featured at forestry forum
(Distributed 03/25/15) HAMMOND, La. – Forest landowners heard the latest updates on invasive species and other issues of importance in their industry at the Florida parishes forestry forum on March 20 in Hammond.
4-H camp teaches families about food, fitness
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Eating right and regular exercise are critical to a healthy lifestyle. But a third component — family involvement — is just as important, children and parents learned at the 4-H Food and Fitness Camp on March 21 and 22.
4-H leadership conference brings youth together
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Nearly 440 4-H’ers representing every parish in the state attended the 2015 Junior Leadership Conference at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center March 13-15.
Three new members join Southern U’s agricultural ‘legends’
(Distributed 03/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Three individuals were recognized as Louisiana Living Legends during the fifth annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on March 20.
Caladium – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 23, 2015
(Distributed 03/20/15) Many Louisiana gardeners enjoy a summer landscape planting of caladiums. These are one of the most popular plants to fill shady gardens because they thrive in the heat and humidity common in Louisiana summers.
2015 named ‘Year of the Gaillardia’
(Distributed 03/20/15) HAMMOND, La. – The National Garden Bureau has named 2015 the “Year of the Gaillardia.”
Quarantine on wood out of Webster Parish likely to be imposed soon
(Distributed 03/20/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A quarantine is likely to be imposed soon to ban the movement of wood from ash trees out of Webster Parish because of the discovery there of an invasive insect pest, timber industry personnel learned on March 17 at the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum.
Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium set for Aug. 21 in Pollock
(Distributed 03/19/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled the 2015 Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium for Aug. 21 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock in central Louisiana.
More countries turn to Louisiana for forestry needs
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana is benefitting as countries around the world turn to the state to satisfy growing demand for wood products and forestry expertise, said Richard Vlosky, director of the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Forest Products Development Center.
Sweet corn can thrive in home gardens
(Distributed 03/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As warmer weather approaches, we conjure up images associated with the upcoming season – longer days, swimming, snow cones, barbeques. . . and sweet corn.
Fannin named LSU Rainmaker
(Distributed 03/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La, – Matt Fannin has spent much of his career researching the economics behind rural communities. His work has helped improve health access for rural residents and assisted local governments become financially prepared for natural disasters.
LSU AgCenter researcher receives grant to study rural wealth
(Distributed 03/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded $14 million in grants through its Agriculture Food and Research Initiative to support programs aimed at increasing prosperity in rural America. Matt Fannin, LSU AgCenter economist and associate professor in the LSU College of Agriculture, is part of a group that received $500,000 to study rural communities and regional development.
Silverbells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 16, 2015
(Distributed 03/13/15) Silverbells comprise several species of native trees that are attracting increased interest in the southeastern United States. The two-winged silverbell (Halesia diptera) is one of our many smaller-growing native tree species that should be considered for inclusion in a native landscape plan.
Know your hardiness, heat zones
(Distributed 03/13/15) HAMMOND, La. – As we transition from late winter to early spring in the landscape, many gardeners start thinking about weather conditions, last frost and freeze dates and consider whether it’s safe to plant this plant or that plant in the landscape.
LSU AgCenter scientist wins national award
(Distributed 03/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Christopher Green, associate professor at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, received the Distinguished Early Career Award at the United States Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting.
Summit focuses on seafood industry
(Distributed 03/13/15) HOUMA, La. – The Louisiana Fisheries Forward seafood summit held Wednesday (March 11) provided the seafood industry with information and assistance that could help producers stay in business and even increase profits.
4-H seeks alumni by March 16 for national contest
(Distributed 03/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana 4-H has the opportunity to win $10,000 to support state programs about science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM, if enough alumni cast an electronic vote by March 16 in a national competition sponsored by the National 4-H Council.
Garden expo scheduled for Alexandria
(Distributed 03/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The second annual Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held on April 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U. S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Experts tell cattle producers how to keep herds healthier
(Distributed 03/11/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Cattle producers attending the Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station on March 7 heard about practices that could result in healthier and more profitable herds.
Mold control and remediation training scheduled for March 31-April 2
(Distributed 03/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a Mold Control and Remediation Training course on March 31 – April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Know the differences between sugar, sugar substitutes
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sugar and sugar substitutes are two products we use to sweeten our foods, and understanding the difference will help consumers make an informed choice, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietitian Denise Holston-West.
Burden art exhibition to feature local artists
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The fifth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition will be held at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden March 22-29.
LSU AgCenter expands rose research programs
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Roses continue to be among the most popular flowering plants in Louisiana landscapes, and the LSU AgCenter is expanding its rose research and demonstration trials at the AgCenter Hammond Research Station and the AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden.
Nickelodeon awards Avoyelles 4-H student $10,000 to teach science
(Distributed 03/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Stanley Celestine Jr. is motivated to teach science to his peers. His efforts caught the attention of the children’s network Nickelodeon and resulted in his receiving the TeenNick’s Halo Effect Award for February and $10,000.
Calibrachoa – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 9, 2015
(Distributed 03/06/15) Calibrachoas are great plants for adding to the late winter, early spring landscape. And they last through early summer. You can expect short-term performance of 4-6 months.
Louisiana wheat crop outlook iffy
(Distributed 03/06/15) WINNSBORO, La. – The recent surge of cold weather could be damaging to Louisiana’s wheat crop, depending on the severity and duration of the below-freezing temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton.
LSU AgCenter helps Honduras develop plan to improve rural lives
(Distributed 03/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter youth nutrition program could provide a model to reduce poverty and hunger in Honduras.
Camellia season nearing end
(Distributed 03/06/15) HAMMOND, La. – Beneath the mighty, majestic live oaks surrounded by gardenias, Southern magnolias, azaleas and sweet olives stands the camellia – what many in the South may refer to as “the queen of the garden.”
AgCenter announces 20 field days, ag youth events for 2015
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 20 field days and agricultural awareness events for youth across the state during 2015. Details on times and topics covered are being made available closer to the dates.
Forestry industry events scheduled in DeRidder
(Distributed 03/05/15) DERIDDER, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled two events for the forestry industry – a feral hog management workshop in April and a prescribed burning workshop in May.
LSU students visit aquaculture facility as part of residence college program
(Distributed 03/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With two fingers placed on each side of the reptile’s head, Chloe Vitrano, scooped a small alligator out of a holding tank. The freshman in the LSU College of Agriculture was visiting the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station on Feb. 26 with a group of students who are part of the Agriculture Residence College.
Jewelry designer speaks at tea fundraiser for LSU museums
(Distributed 03/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Friends of the LSU Textiles and Costume Museum and Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum gathered on February 28, for Tea, Fashion and Fancies. The event held at the LSU Rural Life Museum featured a traditional English high tea and a discussion with Louisiana jewelry designer, Mignon Faget.
AgCenter partner university strives to improve Honduran agriculture
(Distributed 03/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – In Honduras, where 67 percent of people live in poverty, food and other resources are not always used or distributed efficiently.
LSU AgCenter announces food safety workshops
(Distributed 03/03/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences will conduct two food safety workshops for seafood processors in May and a workshop for the meat and poultry slaughter and processing industry in June.
Forestry forum rescheduled for March 17 in Alexandria
(Distributed 03/03/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. –The Central Louisiana Forestry Forum, canceled last month because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for March 17 at the LSU AgCenter Evacuation Shelter next to the LSU-A Campus on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Gourmet in the Garden scheduled for May 1 at AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dining with the local flavors of Louisiana among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Working together key to biotechnology success in Louisiana
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers and industry representatives interested in biotechnology in Louisiana met on the LSU campus on Feb. 27 to learn more about how they can work together to strengthen the role of the industry in the state.
Coral Bells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 2, 2015
(Distributed 02/27/15) Coral bells (Heuchera) is a plant for shady containers and landscape beds.
Forestry forum scheduled for March 20 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 26th annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum is scheduled for March 20 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Covington garden show scheduled for March 20-21
(Distributed 02/27/15) COVINGTON, La. – The 2015 Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will take place March 20-21 at the Covington Fairgrounds.
Economist says 2015 should be good for beef producers
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months, according to an LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist.
Fisheries meeting set for March 11 in Houma
(Distributed 02/27/15) HOUMA, La. – Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015, the third annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry, will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, on March 11.
Southerners love live oaks
(Distributed 02/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Have you noticed that Southerners have a love affair with the live oak (Quercus virginiana)? And rightly so! Noted for its strength and longevity, this stately tree was one of the major tree species that survived the wind and flooding of Hurricane Katrina.
Baton Rouge garden show scheduled for March 14-15
(Distributed 02/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 14-15 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
Stored rice insect pests featured at meeting
(Distributed 02/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter hosted a workshop on rice mill insect pest management Wednesday (Feb. 25).
Baton Rouge Master Gardeners plant sale set for April 11
(Distributed 02/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners are preparing for their annual spring plant sale that will be at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 11.
Louisiana youths named champions at 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Hundreds of young people from across Louisiana were named state champions during the 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held Feb. 14-21 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Saturday (Feb. 21) for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center here.
Hammond garden show scheduled for March 14
(Distributed 02/24/15) AMITE, La. – The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lake Charles garden show, expo set for March
(Distributed 02/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles.
4-H, FFA youth, leader honored at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – The LSU AgCenter honored five Louisiana 4-H and FFA members and one adult leader for their work with youth livestock projects on Feb. 21.
Beef cattle producer field day set for March 7 in Jeanerette
(Distributed 02/24/15) JEANERETTE, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day will be held March 7 at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Ball moss cropping up in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians are probably familiar with Spanish moss, but they may not be aware of ball moss. Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh.
Oriental, Star Magnolias – Ornamental Plants of the Week for February 23, 2015
(Distributed 02/20/15) The Oriental magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is one of the most spectacular of the spring-flowering trees because its flowers are so large.
PotashCorp donates $50,000 to LSU AgCenter livestock programs
(Distributed 02/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – PotashCorp, of Geismar, Louisiana, donated $50,000 to the LSU AgCenter to support showmanship awards and serve as the corporate title sponsor for the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show.
Crawfish catch starting slow but showing promise
(Distributed 02/20/15) ABBEVILLE, La. – When LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant agent Mark Shirley was busy surveying a crawfish pond south of Abbeville recently, he found both good and bad news for connoisseurs of crawfish – cold water, but a healthy supply of very small crawfish.
La. landscapes beginning to awaken
(Distributed 02/20/15) HAMMOND, La. – Landscapes around the state are in various stages of their spring awakening, but it’s still February.
AgCenter taskforce strives to improve water management
(Distributed 02/19/15) BOSSIER CITY, La. – An LSU AgCenter taskforce is identifying ways to help farmers irrigate more efficiently and improve water quality. The group brings together AgCenter extension agents and researchers who are working to fill data gaps and enhance outreach efforts as Louisiana farmers face increasingly complex decisions about water management.
Vermilion Parish team wins state 4-H, FFA livestock judging contest
(Distributed 02/19/15) GONZALES, La. – The Vermilion Parish livestock judging team will advance to the national livestock judging competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall after winning first place at the 2015 State 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest held during the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Avoyelles Parish farmer concentrates on conservation, wins award
(Distributed 02/18/15) SIMMESPORT, La. – Ruben Dauzat, chosen as the Outstanding Master Farmer of the Year for 2014, wants to make the best crop possible each growing season, but he doesn’t forget the long-term goal of conservation of the land and water.
LSU AgCenter partnership with Slovak University of Agriculture brings Slovak students to La.
(Distributed 02/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Thirteen students from Slovak University of Agriculture (SUA) visited LSU as part of a partnership between their university and the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture.
Learning opportunities, fun times abound at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
GONZALES, La. – The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is full of activity as the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show kicks into high gear. The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 21, when it will culminate with an awards ceremony.
Retailers prepare for spring, nursery industry doing well
(Distributed 02/16/15) HAMMOND, La. – Retail garden center owners, wholesale nursery growers and commercial landscapers are optimistic about having a good year in 2015.
Fresh produce safety featured at AgCenter workshops
(Distributed 02/16/15) HAMMOND, La. – Fresh produce growers learned about ways to reduce food safety risks on their farms at a series of workshops held around Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter last week (Feb. 10-13).
Rice farmers learn good news about USDA program payments
(Distributed 02/13/15) JENNINGS, La. – Out of the joint meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association on Feb. 10 came good news for Louisiana rice farmers. Farm payments will be sent in November rather than early 2016.
Sparkle White Gaura – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 16, 2015
(Distributed 02/13/15) A new gaura that has performed well as a perennial in LSU AgCenter landscape trials is Sparkle White. This gaura was a 2014 All-America Selections bedding plant winner.
Crop production advice featured at consultants meeting
(Distributed 02/13/15) MARKSVILLE, La. – More than 30 LSU AgCenter experts joined with industry representatives to provide information and advice to Louisiana agricultural consultants who met at their annual conference on Feb. 11-13.
February care enhances spring, summer roses
(Distributed 01/13/15) HAMMOND, La. – Roses continue to be popular in our residential landscapes, so home gardeners would be well served to increase their knowledge and awareness of recommended management practices for roses. Proper care at the proper time goes a long way to enjoying landscape success.
Make heart health a priority
(Distributed 02/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Americans focus on the heart in February with Valentine’s Day. But this month is also recognized as American Hearth Month.Denise Holston-West, LSU AgCenter nutritionist, said a healthy lifestyle can help prevent or delay heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women in U.S.
Ag consultants give scholarships to 3 LSU students
(Distributed 02/12/15) MARKSVILLE, La. – The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association presented $2,000 scholarships to three LSU College of Agriculture students during the Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference on Feb. 11.
New free guide to solar power for your home now available
(Distributed 02/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State University AgCenter has released a new guide to help homeowners who are considering adding a solar power system explore various options and learn more about this technology.
Test horses annually for equine infectious anemia
(Distributed 02/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners should keep in mind that all horses in Louisiana must be tested annually for equine infectious anemia. More than 30 racing quarter horses in California were recently diagnosed with the virus, so it is critical that horse owners follow regulations, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Schneider receives American Phytopathological Society award
(Distributed 02/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raymond Schneider received the American Phytopathological Society’s Southern Division Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 2.
Salassi receives American Sugar Cane League President’s Award
(Distributed 02/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi received the American Sugar Cane League President’s Award at its annual meeting in Lafayette on Feb. 3.
Vitamin water may not be good idea
(Distributed 02/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to vitamins. Experts say for those who eat a well-balanced diet and take a multivitamin, drinking vitamin water is not necessary.
Petunia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 9, 2015
(Distributed 02/06/15) Petunias are a great flowering bedding plant to add to your landscape prior to the end of winter/beginning of spring.
Meraux Foundation donates $150,000 to LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/06/15) VIOLET, La. – The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation has given $150,000 to the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show — the largest single donation in the show’s 80-year history.
Azaleas may look unhealthy in mid, late winter
(Distributed 02/06/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most widely planted landscape shrubs in Louisiana is the azalea. Dwarf, intermediate and the larger-growing Southern Indica varieties are common in our landscapes.
Cookbook author shows ways to bring healthy food to schools
(Distributed 02/06/15) MAURICE, La. – A nationally known cookbook author told Vermilion Parish teachers and school cooks Feb. 3- 4 about easy ways to cook healthy foods, and she later worked with school cooks on ways to make school lunches tastier and healthier.
Mosquito control group endows entomology scholarship
(Distributed 02/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Mosquito Control Association (LMCA) has established an endowed scholarship in the LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology. LMCA is endowing a total of four scholarships across Louisiana, including the one at LSU.
Camellia stroll set for Feb. 22 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/05/15) AMITE, La. – The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will be held on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Control costs, AgCenter experts tell farmers
(Distributed 02/05/15) DELHI, La. – Louisiana farmers should follow cost-effective production strategies for the 2015 growing season, LSU AgCenter experts said at the annual northeast Louisiana crops forum on Feb. 2.
Belinda’s Dream named Gulf District Rose of the Year
(Distributed 02/05/15) HAMMOND, La. – Belinda’s Dream rose is no stranger to awards. It was the first rose to be named a Texas Superstar selection and was the first rose to receive the prestigious Earth-Kind designation by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Earth-Kind roses are selected for their tough constitution, disease resistance, attractive growth habit, low maintenance requirements and attractive flowers.
Sustainable vegetable producer training set for March in Lafayette
(Distributed 02/05/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – The LSU and Southern University AgCenters are joining with the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program to host free, one-day beginning farmer and one-day advanced farmer training sessions for ag professionals interested in sustainable vegetable production on March 3 and 4 at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.
Garden shows scheduled around Louisiana
(Distributed 02/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana gardeners anticipate warmer days and their first opportunity to get into the garden, the LSU AgCenter has announced the spring lineup of garden shows. The shows will kick off in March and continue into June in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria, New Orleans Covington, New Orleans and Thibodaux.
LSU, Southern U. group explores opportunities in Haiti
(Distributed 02/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Carl Motsenbocker and a group from Louisiana State University and Southern University returned from Haiti in January with ideas on how to engage LSU students and the community in developing sustainable agriculture projects in the Caribbean country.
Pericallis – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 2, 2015
(Distributed 01/30/15) Many people may be unfamiliar with pericallis, but the Senetti series features the first repeat-blooming varieties.
There’s a right way to prune trees and shrubs
(Distributed 01/30/15) HAMMOND, La. – Winter and early spring are when many gardeners prune plants, which is the correct time for most plants in the home landscape.
Energycane varieties look promising for north Louisiana
(Distributed 01/30/15) WINNSBORO, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock.
AgCenter forestry forum set for Feb. 24 in Alexandria
(Distributed 01/29/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. –The central Louisiana forestry forum will be held Feb. 24 at the LSU AgCenter Evacuation Shelter next to the LSU-A campus on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Dresses help raise awareness for heart disease
(Distributed 01/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – In four hours, LSU College of Agriculture Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising students turned paper hearts into dresses that were works of art.
La. leads nation in average soybean yield
(Distributed 01/26/15) OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana led the nation for the average soybean yield last year, according to the LSU AgCenter soybean specialist.
Latin American food, agriculture entrepreneurs visit LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 01/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – the LSU AgCenter hosted workshops for entrepreneurs from several Latin American food and agriculture companies during their visit to Baton Rouge on Jan. 12-23.
Stored rice insect pest management workshop Feb. 25 in Crowley
(Distributed 01/23/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop on stored rice insect pest management on Feb. 25 at the Acadia Parish Extension Office.
Nicotiana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 26, 2015
(Distributed 01/23/15) Nicotianas are good alternative cool-season bedding plants for south Louisiana.
Old gardens, plants highlight seminar
(Distributed 01/23/15) WEST MONROE, La. – Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners continued their record of bringing in national gardening experts as speakers at the 5th Annual Ag Expo Gardening Seminar on Jan. 17.
Sweet alyssum hybrids enhance cool-season containers, landscape beds
(Distributed 01/23/15) HAMMOND, La. – New plants make gardening exciting. About five years ago, a new sweet alyssum variety started appearing in trial gardens and garden centers around the country. These are now well-established in the greenhouse trade and have added a great cool-season-to-warm-season transitional plant to the retail marketplace.
Emerald ash borer headlines forestry forum
(Distributed 01/22/15) WEST MONROE, La. – With the emerald ash borer yet to be detected in the state, experts speaking at the 2015 Ag Expo Forestry Forum at the West Monroe Convention Center on Jan. 16 said it’s time to prepare.
Insulation, leak detection keys to winter energy efficiency
(Distributed 01/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Keeping your house warm during winter can be a challenge if it is poorly insulated or has air leakage points. But there are ways to identify those problems and conserve energy.
LSU College of Agriculture names airboat for late student
(Distributed 01/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La – With a splash of water and a flash of a grin, Taylor Tycer christened the Research Vessel Eric Fabre. The airboat, which is part of the LSU College of Agriculture’s research fleet, was named in memory of Eric Fabre, an LSU student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in June 2014.
Tree planting, children’s activities highlight Arbor Day at Burden
(Distributed 01/19/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Blue skies and crisp temperatures made Saturday, Jan. 17, the perfect day to celebrate Arbor Day at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Children and adults alike headed into the Burden Woods to plant trees and explore the scenery along trails.
Arbor Day activities set for Jan. 17 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The sixth annual Arbor Day at Burden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cold snap good for Louisiana citrus
(Distributed 12/01/14) HOUMA, La. – Citrus fruit are becoming sweeter and juicier with cooler temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion in Terrebonne Parish.
Weight gain doesn’t have to come with the holidays
(Distributed 11/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As the sun was setting on Nov. 17 and temperatures were beginning their steady decline on their way to freezing, Anna McEvers set out from the warm confines of a coffee shop with a group of runners. The Varsity Sports running club meets regularly throughout the week in different locations to train together and motivate each other.
Scientist searches for controls for weeds in rice
(Distributed 04/04/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster continued his work in 2013 on dormant hybrids and red rice outcrossing by starting a new project using several different herbicides to eliminate undesired plants in a field.
Cleome – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 28, 2014
(Distributed 04/25/14) Senorita Rosalita cleome and its new cousin, Senorita Blanca, are great plants for flowers from late spring through frost. Also known as spider flower because the projecting stamens of the flowers give these plants a spidery look, this plant can take summer's heat and is drought-tolerant.
Forestry future looks good in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/28/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The future for wood products in Louisiana is bright, thanks to Europe, a beetle in Canada and an increase in U.S. housing construction, LSU AgCenter experts said Tuesday (Feb. 25) at the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum.
Brush With Burden exhibition to feature local artists
(Distributed 02/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The fourth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition will be held at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Garden at Burden from March 23-30.
PotashCorp donates $25,000 to LSU AgCenter youth livestock program
(Distributed 10/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – PotashCorp, of Geismer, La., recently donated $25,000 to the LSU AgCenter’s youth livestock development program.
Pride of Barbados – plant of the week for August 5, 2013
Pride of Barbados is a great, small-growing tropical tree. You see more of these planted in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, than you do in Louisiana. But we should use these plants much more. Whenever garden centers have them in stock, they are liquidated quickly.
New research facility to benefit ‘gator’ farmers
(Distributed 05/10/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Small studies on alligator nutrition have been ongoing at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, but with the addition of new facilities, those projects can be expanded, according to LSU AgCenter assistant vice chancellor Phil Elzer.
AgCenter biofuels pilot plant commissioned in La.
(Distributed 01/25/13) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The fledgling biofuels and bioprocessing industry in the South took a step forward Friday, Jan. 25, with the formal commissioning of a pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute.
Buck moths now mean caterpillars in spring
(Distributed 12/13/12)BATON ROUGE, La. – Buck moths on the wing in December conjure up thoughts of buck moth caterpillars in the yard in spring. And large numbers of buck moths flying in south Louisiana this season suggest buck moth caterpillars will abound next spring, according to experts at the LSU AgCenter.
Successful ponds require good management
(Distributed 08/15/12) For many people, just the act of fishing can provide relief from the stresses of everyday life. But catching fish can put food on the table, and for some, this is the best part of owning a recreational pond.
Sugarcane field day scheduled for July 18
(Distributed 07/03/12) The LSU AgCenter’s 30th Annual Sugarcane Field Day will be held July 18 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.
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