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Farmers markets offer fresh, local produce
Farmers Markets

(Video News 06/20/11) Consumers lining up at a farmer’s booth at a Saturday morning market aren’t just looking for fresh produce. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that farmers markets offer consumers locally grown food and a chance to connect with growers. (Runtime: 1:59)

Drought conditions promote nematode menace in soybean, cotton fields
Brooks Blanche

(Distributed 07/29/11) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Nematodes love drought, and some Louisiana soybean and cotton farmers are having problems this year with these microscopic pests that eat away at plant roots. “We’re in reniform nematode country,” LSU AgCenter agronomist Charles Overstreet told farmers gathered for the annual field day at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center on July 28.

LSU AgCenter Dairy Store has items for holiday entertaining, gifts
cheese boxes

(Distributed 11/23/11) This time of year the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store gears up for holiday sales, said Chuck Boeneke, dairy science professor. The store keeps a mail-order list and ships across the contiguous United States and is taking orders now.

La. farmers to take advantage of higher corn, soybean prices
(Distributed 01/21/11) Louisiana farmers are interested in growing more feed grains because of the increase in prices for soybeans and corn, demonstrated by well-attended meetings in Vermilion Parish on Jan. 19 and St. Landry Parish on Jan. 20, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter.

La. company produces unique cattle vaccine
(Distributed 01/31/11) A product manufactured and marketed by a Louisiana company is the only killed vaccine available to prevent anaplasmosis, a disease that costs U.S. cattle and dairy producers an estimated $300 million a year.
Oil City school represents La. in national forest program
oil city students
(Distributed 01/28/11) OIL CITY, La. – Oil City Environmental Magnet School has been selected to provide the Louisiana forest exchange box in a display recognizing the International Year of Forests in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in March.
Analyst tells rice farmers to be patient on prices
Jimmy Hoppe
(Distributed 01/28/11) CROWLEY, La. – Farmers should be patient for rice prices to catch up with other commodities, a Chicago financial analyst said Jan. 25 at the annual joint meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association and a briefing by the USA Rice Federation.
Temple Grandin urges better livestock management, more ag communication
Temple Grandin
(Distributed 01/28/11) She rarely cracked a smile during her hour-long presentation, but internationally renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin cracked up the audience many times with her wry observations on the food industry.
Sugar prices, crop outlook look good
(Distributed 01//27/11) NEW IBERIA, La. – Sugarcane farmers from Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes heard Tuesday (Jan. 25) from a variety of experts on improving their crop after a harvest with above-average prices.
Regents give LSU AgCenter 5-year extension on biofuels institute
biofuelsinstituteboard
(Distributed 01/27/11) The LSU AgCenter has received a five-year extension from the Louisiana Board of Regents to continue with the establishment of the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing.
Gardening forum gives audience food for thought
(Distributed 01/25/11) WEST MONROE, La. – An LSU AgCenter horticulturist advised 200 gardening enthusiasts which woody shrubs and ornamental plants could be productive in northeast Louisiana landscapes. The presentation was part of a gardening forum sponsored by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners on Jan. 15.
Forestry forum features diversification, economy
(Distributed 01/24/11) WEST MONROE, La. – Diversifying efforts needed to protect and maintain economic interests while sustaining forest productivity were the focus of the 2011 Ag Expo Forestry Forum presented by the LSU AgCenter Jan. 15 at the West Monroe Convention Center.
LSU AgCenter entomologist receives award
Roger Leonard
(Distributed 01/21/11) B. Rogers Leonard, an entomologist with the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro, was among a group of 12 entomologists who received the 2011 Friends of Integrated Pest Management Pulling Together Award.
Pest Identification Guide released by LSU AgCenter
Pest Identification Guide cover shot
(Distributed 01/21/11) The LSU AgCenter recently released a handy pocket-size guide to help with identification and control of pests in and around buildings. Titled “Pest Identification Guide for Pests In and Around Buildings,” the publication was supported with funds from the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center and was prepared by experts from the LSU AgCenter, Texas AgriLife, the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee.