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International Programs News
Visiting scholars from Honduras Elam Aleman, Cesar Escalante and Mariano Sobalbarro with LSU

Honduran students get hands-on experience at Dean Lee Research Station. Japanese company looks to AgCenter for expertise

College of Ag News
Jenna Kuttruff

Kuttruff promoted to department head. College of Ag gets dual enrollment courses. Conerly named FFA secretary.

AgCenter News
Dustin Harrell.

Harrell named new rice specialist. Three AgCenter projects get LIFT grants. 4-H Food & Fitness Board learns about careers. Marsh Maneuvers celebrates 25 years.

Hammond Research Station: A Resource for Commercial Growers and Home Gardeners
LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings leads the care and maintenance

The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station is devoted to horticulture research and extension programs that aid the commercial nursery and landscape industry as well as home gardeners. Its mission is to conduct research on environmental and production factors that affect quality and sustainability of plants in the landscape.

Overview of the Louisiana Crawfish Industry
Photo of crawfisher
As the largest U.S. crawfish producer, Louisiana had 1,265 crawfish farms covering more than 182,000 acres in 2013, according to the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources published by the LSU AgCenter.
Agricultural Producer Attitudes and Biobased Businesses
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Biomass from agricultural crops is a major potential source of feedstock for renewable energy. It has several advantages, such as lowering carbon dioxide emissions and stabilizing energy dependence.
Goss’s Wilt: A New Corn Disease in Louisiana
Water-soaked leaf lesions of Goss’s wilt.
Goss’s wilt is a bacterial corn disease new to Louisiana. During the 2013 growing season, it was observed in northeastern Louisiana and reported for the first time.
Beginning Farms: How Does Louisiana Compare?
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The U.S. agriculture population is poised to make a dramatic change because more than 50 percent of current farmers are likely to retire in the next five years. U.S. farmers over age 55 control more than half the farmland, while the number of farmers replacing them has fallen.
Comparing Calf Production from Brangus and Bonsmara Cows
Bonsmara heifers
Because Brahman cattle have been associated with poor temperament and meat quality, researchers have been looking at crosses involving the tropically adapted Brahman breed and comparing them to crosses involving another tropically adapted breed, Africaner.
Addressing Community Health with Garden-Based Nutrition Education
Youth involved in the FIT for Kids after-school program show broccoli they grew
Many people in Louisiana face nutrition-related health challenges, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity, all of which can positively impacted by choosing healthful food.
Flashback to ‘55: A Big Year for Forestry at LSU
The Forestry Building on the LSU campus in 1964.
The Old Forestry Building on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus is old for its 58 years. Its stairs, which lead to a dust-coated second floor, creak unsettlingly. Many ceiling tiles are either stained or missing.
Greenhead Horse Fly as a Bioindicator of Marsh Health after the 2010 Oil Spill
The saltmarsh greenhouse fly
LSU AgCenter researchers investigated populations of the salt marsh greenhead horse fly (Tabanusnigro vittatus) as bioindicators of marsh health in the aftermath of the April 2010 Macondo oil spill in theGulf of Mexico.
Efficacy of Wetlands for Storm Damage Mitigation
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Each year, tropical storms and hurricanes threaten the lives and livelihoods of Louisiana residents. In the past decade, powerful hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damages to coastal communities. Even less powerful tropical storms can cause widespread damage.
Management Practices of Louisiana and Texas Rice Growers
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Knowing how producers adopt new production practices is vital to research and program planning. Production practices in Louisiana rice have changed dramatically over the past decade.
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