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Sago palm proves fatal to dogs
(Distributed 04/29/10) A popular landscape plant, sago palm, can be fatal to pets, and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has seen an unusual number of dogs sickened after eating it.

Pecan field day set for May 20 in Shreveport
(Distributed 04/29/10) SHREVEPORT, La. – The LSU AgCenter Pecan Research-Extension Station will host an educational field day Thursday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Activities will include an orchard tour at 9:30. Topics will include weevil activity, effects of crop thinning, phylloxera and orchard sprayer calibration.

Hammond Research Station field day set for May 13
(Distributed 04/29/10) The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will hold its landscape horticulture field day for horticulture industry professionals May 13.

Goldsturm rudbeckia is a tough perennial for Louisiana gardens
(Distributed 04/29/10) Goldsturm rudbeckia is an outstanding perennial that was recognized by the Perennial Plant Association as the 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year. It was chosen as a Louisiana Select plant in 2000 by the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association and the LSU AgCenter.

4-H golf tournament benefits state’s youth
(Distributed 04/28/10) The 13th annual Louisiana 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament presented by Cameron Communications was held at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles April 8. Twenty-eight teams from across the state participated in the event benefiting the Louisiana 4-H program. Proceeds support youth across the state through summer camps, educational trips and scholarships.
Conference focuses on energy from forest products
vlosky and wright at biomass conference
(Distributed 04/28/10) BATON ROUGE, La. – Current forest products along with other plants that can be used to produce plant-based alternative fuels can have a significant effect on Louisiana’s economy, according to a host of speakers at a recent two-day conference April 22-23.
La. wheat acreage down, but crop faces few problems
clayton hollier and wheat plant
(Distributed 04/27/10) WINNSBORO, La. – Louisiana farmers planted 150,000 acres of wheat in fall 2009 compared with 210,000 the previous year, LSU AgCenter extension agronomist Ed Twidwell told farmers and industry representatives at the annual wheat and oat field day held at the AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station April 26.
Operation Military Kids holds Earth Day event at 4-H Camp
seed pod screens
(Distributed 04/27/10) POLLOCK, La. – A special overnight camp for 100 military kids using an Earth Day theme was held at Camp Grant Walker on April 17-18. This camp is one in a series of events across the state to help military families stay connected, said Kathleen Schexnayder, coordinator of the Louisiana Operation Military Kids program in the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Department.
Grow your own pineapple
(Distributed 04/23/10) You don’t have to visit Hawaii to get high-quality pineapples harvested at the peak of ripeness. It is entirely possible to raise your own sweet, juicy, plant-ripened pineapples without a trip to the islands.
Thousands learn about magic of agriculture at AgMagic
(Radio News 04/26/10) The sounds of lamps, cows and pigs were competing with the sounds of hundreds of youngsters wandering through Parker Coliseum last week. Both animals and children were there for AgMagic, the LSU AgCenter’s interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture. The children, like Brock Thibodeaux from the Good Shepherd Montessori School, were having fun while learning. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spring is great time to start garden
(Radio News 04/26/10) If you want ripe tomatoes picked from your backyard, now is the time to plant them. If you’ve never planted a garden, why not start one now? When finding a spot to locate a garden, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Kiki Fontenot says most vegetables need six to eight hours of sunlight a day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rice planting starts later than nomal in La.
(Radio News 04/26/10) Louisiana farmers have planted a good portion of the state’s rice crop, but not quite in the time frame they would have liked. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk says Louisiana's cold and damp winter and early spring delayed planting by about two to three weeks. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Production costs expected to increase for rice growers
(Radio News 04/26/10) Rice growers have faced some tough years recently. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk says while production costs like fuel, fertilizer and electricity have come down from the profit-cutting highs of a few years ago, they are still relatively high. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
‘Military kids’ come together for Earth Day camp
(Radio News 04/26/10) About 100 youngsters participated in an Earth Day-themed overnight camp at LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center. The event was part of Operation: Military Kids, a program aimed at helping military personnel and their families meet and get to know others who are having similar experiences. (Runtime: 60 seconds)