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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.
Freeze-damaged tropical plants will need pruning
(Audio 01/31/11) By this point in the winter season, most tropical plants have sustained freeze damage. You can prune herbaceous tropicals as soon as the damage occurs. Wait to prune woody tropicals until new spring growth appears. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant Irish potatoes During February
(Audio 01/31/11) Irish potatoes are easy to grow and can be very productive in the home vegetable garden. They need a well-prepared bed and full sun. It's best to use seed potatoes from a nursery or garden center. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant new vegetables in your garden during February
(Audio 01/31/11) The first signs of spring usually aren't seen until a little later, but vegetable gardeners can still plant cool-season vegetables now. Root crops and leafy vegetables can be planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spider mites can thrive on houseplants
(Audio 01/31/11) Plants growing indoors can be prone to pest problems. Spider mites are tiny pests that can thrive on houseplants. Know the symptoms of spider mites and how to control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare roses for blooming period
(Audio 01/31/11) In Louisiana, roses have two flowering periods. To prepare our roses for their early blooming season, prune them back in early February. Keep their height and shape in mind. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cooking at home can be cheaper and healthier
(Radio News 01/31/11) As we head into February, many people already have abandoned some or all of their New Year’s resolutions. But LSU AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker says it’s not too late to revisit your resolutions about health and finances by cooking at home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Economist offers advice for cooking at home
(Radio News 01/31/11) Consumers will likely see an increase in food prices this year, but LSU AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker says having a grocery store strategy can keep the increases from affecting your wallet. (Runtime: 1:10)
Ag Alley teaches youngsters about agriculture
(Radio News 01/31/11) First- and fourth-graders in northeast Louisiana learned about crops and livestock and health and nutrition at Ag Alley, which was held in conjunction with the 2011 Ag Expo. LSU AgCenter agent Cynthia Stephens explains. (Runtime: 1:20)
Nine producers become Master Farmers
(Radio News 01/31/11) Nine Louisiana farmers achieved Master Farmer status and another was named outstanding Louisiana Master Farmer at the 65th annual meeting of the Louisiana Conservation Districts. (Runtime: 1:30)