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Developing Energycane Varieties for the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry
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Political, environmental and economic concerns have motivated nations to become increasingly interested in renewable sources of energy and bioproducts, such as those obtained from plant biomass.

Overview and Perspective: Biofuels and Bioprocessing in Louisiana
John Russin

Louisiana has long been recognized for oil and gas production.From the first producing oil well in Jennings in 1901 and the first natural gas pipeline near Shreveport in 1908, our state has matured into a globally recognized hub for recovery, processing and transportation of fossil-based fuels, chemicals and specialty products.

AgCenter News
Terry Barker, at left, an elementary education major at LSU of Alexandria

Youth Wetlands Week; $250,000 grant to develop foam insulation from wood waste; deer health field day; $2.5 million to expand Food Incubator; new wheat and oat varieties; Master Farmer award; teacher recognized for ag education

New Crops for Biofuel Production in Louisiana
Harvesting sweet sorghum at the Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel

In 2011, the LSU AgCenter embarked upon a five-year initiative, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to develop crops that can be used for biofuel production across the southern United States, thus offering an opportunity to improve local farm incomes.

Louisiana Agriculture
ON THE COVER: Collins Kimbeng, a plant breeder with the LSU AgCenter
This issue of Louisiana Agriculture focuses on the biofuels and bioproducts industry and the research being conducted at the LSU AgCenter to support this industry and offer alternative crops for Louisiana farmers to grow on marginal land. 28 pages
Managing Sugarcane Beetles in Louisiana Sweet Potatoes
Adult sugarcane beetle.
Soil insect pests, which reduce root yield and quality, are often cited as one of the most limiting factors affecting production of the Louisiana sweet potato crop.
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Gulf of Mexico Region: 2000-2017
The Gulf of Mexico has long been one of the more diverse regions within the United States, and it is projected to become even more diverse in the coming decades. Before 1960, primarily two racial groups, whites and blacks, characterized the region’s diversity. Since 1960, the region has experienced dramatic increases in ethnic diversity with Latino migration into Texas and Florida.
Sabliov looks to nanotechnology to create healthier foods
Cristina Sabliov
While many of her colleagues work to discover the next big thing, Cristina Sabliov, an LSU AgCenter researcher and professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, likes to think in nano terms. Sabliov specializes in creating nanodelivery systems for bioactive substances that can improve people’s health.
A Growing Baton Rouge Means More Termites
Formosan subterranean termite
The population of East Baton Rouge Parish has jumped from 412,852 in 2000 to 445,227 in 2013, and downtown is booming with new construction and more entertainment events. But as the city grows, so do some problems; a hidden one is the growing population of the Formosan subterranean termite.
Nanocellulose: A Green Building Block for Next-Generation Sustainable Material and Energy
During the past decade, nanocellulose has attracted considerable attention because of its unique physical and chemical properties and the growing interest in the bioconversion of renewable lignocellulosic biomass.
Research Moves Closer to Improving Cancer Drug
Zhijun Liu
As he moved from studying plants for their medicinal components to examining those components for their individual health-related attributes to producing oral drugs for fighting cancers, Zhijun Liu has expanded the boundaries of what started as forestry research.
Impact of Cow Size on Efficiency
two calves
Over the past 30 years, U.S. cattle producers have seen a tremendous change in cow body weights. Data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service indicate that between 1975 and 2005, carcass weights of bulls have increased 223 pounds; cows, 146 pounds; steers, 144 pounds; and heifers, 194 pounds.
Scientists Continue Quest for Cold-tolerant Salvinia Weevil
Researcher Seth Johnson
The salvinia weevil has been successful at helping to control the aquatic weed giant salvinia in waterways across the southern portion of the state for nearly seven years.The LSU AgCenter has been working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to release weevils into lakes and streams clogged with salvinia.
Economic Value of Prescribed Sugarcane Burning
burning cane
Sugarcane is one of the major agricultural commodities produced in Louisiana. With more than 400,000 acres of sugarcane in production and 11 factories processing approximately 14 million tons of sugarcane into 1.5 million tons of raw sugar and more than 95 million gallons of molasses annually, sugarcane is one of the major economic drivers of the state’s agricultural sector.
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