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Get It Growing: Right Plant + Right Place = Gardening Success
(For Release On Or After 10/27/06) Gardeners are often advised that the key to gardening success is planting the right plant in the right place. Although this sounds relatively simple, a lot goes into the decision of what plants should be used and where they should be planted in the landscape.

2006 Better Year For Agriculture In Louisiana
Sugarcane harvesting

(Distributed 12/22/06) In Louisiana, 2006 likely will be remembered as the year after the hurricanes. But a relatively ordinary year was a welcome relief to many, including farmers. While the hurricanes in 2005 took a toll on many agricultural producers, production this year was good for most commodities, according to LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry.

Volunteering With Your Family Can Be Year-round Activity
(Distributed 12/22/06) If you are looking for ways to spend quality time with your family during the holiday season, volunteering together can be beneficial to your family as well as someone in need, says LSU AgCenter family resource management expert Dr. Karen Overstreet. But the holidays aren’t the only time you can take part in such activities, Overstreet points out, saying community groups also need volunteers and donations all year long to perform worthwhile services in your area.

Eat Healthfully To Feel Your Best All Year Long
(Distributed 12/21/06) Healthful eating is key to looking good, feeling great and being your best all year long, stresses LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. Reames points out that millions of Americans turn to the latest fad diets to lose weight every year, but she stresses living a healthy lifestyle is about much more than dieting – and that food is essential to life.

Sign-up Begins For Additional Hurricane Disaster Programs For Agriculture
(Distributed 12/20/06) The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the opening of the sign-up period for disaster assistance programs made available through the Emergency Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2006, according to LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry.
2007 AgOutlook Conference Set For Jan. 22-23 In Baton Rouge
(Distributed 12/20/06) The LSU AgCenter will host the 2007 Agricultural Outlook Conference Jan. 22-23 in Baton Rouge. Designed to continue addressing the current issues facing the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and others, the theme of the conference is "Keeping Louisiana’s Agriculture Competitive."
Photos Sought For 2008 Get It Growing Calendar
2007 Calendar cover
(Distributed 12/20/06) The LSU AgCenter is once again offering photographers an opportunity to contribute to its popular Get It Growing calendar. Professional or amateur nature photographers from Louisiana or the surrounding areas are invited to submit photos to be considered for publication in the 2008 Get It Growing gardening calendar.
LSU AgCenter Coordinates City Park’s Restoration
Schexnayder with fish
(Distributed 12/20/06) Working with volunteers to restore New Orleans’ City Park has become an ongoing labor of love for two LSU AgCenter employees.
LSU AgCenter Offering Rice Clinics Across Southwest Louisiana
(Distributed 12/20/06) Rice farmers in Southwest Louisiana will have a chance to catch up on the latest techniques and recommendations for the upcoming growing season in a series of four clinics being held by the LSU AgCenter in early January.
LSU AgCenter Presents Awards To Outstanding Faculty, Staff
(Distributed 12/19/06) The LSU AgCenter honored four individuals and three teams with its top awards for faculty members, as well as two staff members for their outstanding service, Monday (Dec. 18) during its Annual Conference in Baton Rouge.
Encourage Children To Help With Meals During Holidays, All Year Long
Girl and woman working in kitchen
(Distributed 12/18/06) This holiday season let your children share in planning and preparing food for special occasions, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames, who stresses that kids enjoy being "holiday helpers" as well as helping you all year long.
Holiday Foods More Than Good Eatin’; State’s Economy Benefits
Sweet potato casserole photo
(Distributed 12/15/06) The foods many people enjoy this time of year are much more than just good eatin’ for the holidays. From rice dressing to sweet potatoes and poultry to pecan pies, the treats you enjoy from Thanksgiving through New Year’s are part of a food and fiber sector that means billions to the state’s economy.
Resistance Offers Best Solution For Rice Diseases
(Distributed 12/14/06) Developing disease-resistant varieties is the best approach to help farmers fight diseases that afflict rice, said Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist at the Rice Research Station in Crowley.
Give Books To Preschoolers For The Holidays
little girl reading a book
(Distributed 12/12/06) Books make great holiday gifts for your preschooler. They can be fun and engage your child’s developing mind.