Home>News Archive>2010>December>
Keep portions 'smart' during holidays
Smart Portions

(Video News 12/13/10) Holidays can be hard on anyone trying to maintain a healthy weight. Following a few tips from this LSU AgCenter nutrition program can help you get by and not be deprived. (Runtime: 1:47)

Calendar offers great tips for Louisiana gardeners
2011 Get It Growing Calendar

(Video 12/20/10) Both novice and veteran gardeners look forward to the 2011 season for growing beautiful plants, fruits and vegetables. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a resource that can help you throughout the year. The proceeds from the Get It Growing Calendar also support horticultural research. (Runtime: 1:28)

Economic outlook improving for dairy farmers
Dairy Farms

(TV News 12/27/10) Louisiana dairy farmers have had a difficult time in recent years, receiving low prices for their milk while paying high prices for the food, fuel and fertilizer needed to raise their animals. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that the financial situation is improving for farmers, and dairy researchers are working to make dairy operations more efficient. (Runtime: 1:26)

Cabbage throughout the new year

(Video 12/13/10) A popular adage says eating cabbage on New Year’s Day will bring you prosperity. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU horticulturist Dan Gill won’t promise any get-rich schemes from cabbage consumption, but he will give you some tips on growing and harvesting this nutritious vegetable -- so you can enjoy it throughout the new year.(Runtime: 1:50)

Wheat acreage up across Louisiana
Wheat Planting
(Video News 12/06/10) Farmers planted Louisiana’s wheat crop last month, and they doubled the number of acres compared to what was planted across the state last year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports.(Runtime: 1:31)
New Plentifall pansy is economical choice
Plentifall Pansies
(Video 12/27/10) Pansies are a popular choice for planting in cool-season flower beds, and now there’s a new pansy that spreads and grows more plentifully than all other pansies -- making it an economical choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Plentifall pansy. (Runtime: 1:30)
Last winter's freezes affect citrus crop
Citrus Harvest
(TV 12/20/10) Down in the southeastern tip of the state, the citrus industry continues -- despite hardships in the form of hurricanes and freezes. With the crop in season, LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:44)
Rice clinic series starts Jan. 4
(Distributed 12/22/10) A series of rice clinics being held by the LSU AgCenter in January will help farmers prepare for the upcoming growing season.
Make sure holiday egg recipes are safe
(Distributed 12/21/10) Make sure your holiday treats such as eggnog, cream pies and other dishes containing eggs are safe to eat, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. Eating raw or undercooked eggs is a risk for foodborne illness. The same is true for lightly cooked eggs and egg dishes.
La. farmers had successful 2010
(Distributed 12/21/10) A damp and cold spring and hot and dry summer shaped Louisiana agriculture in 2010. But despite the contrast in weather, Louisiana farmers, overall, had a fairly successful year, said LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry. Prices were strong, yields were high, and the harvest for most crops was good.
La. sugar harvest winds down
(Distributed 12/20/10) As the season winds down, Louisiana sugarcane growers are hurrying to harvest their crop before the sugar deteriorates in the stalk. “It’s a race to the end,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.
Burn some calories during the holidays
(Distributed 12/17/10) Physical activity is important all year round, but it can be especially helpful during the holidays when you may be eating more than usual, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. In addition to burning calories, physical activity helps build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Ag Alley again scheduled for Ag Expo in January
(Distributed 12/17/10) WEST MONROE, La. – Ag Alley, a combination of several "alleys" filled with information about different Louisiana agricultural products and commodities, will again be featured at the 29th annual Ag Expo in January.
Prepare your landscape for winter freezes
(Distributed 12/17/10) Winter is here, and many questions always arise this time of year about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.