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Congressional hearing focuses on giant salvinia
(Distributed 06/30/11) SHREVEPORT, La. – A Brazilian weevil that feeds on giant salvinia is a biological control for the invasive species that has been taking over water bodies in Louisiana since it was first discovered in the state in the Toledo Bend reservoir in 1999.

Pests, diseases, weeds featured at Northeast Research Station field day
field equipment

(Distributed 06/30/11) ST. JOSEPH, La. – More than 100 people attending the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station field day June 28 were told the importance of identifying pests, diseases and weeds in their crops at the annual event that featured soybean, cotton and corn production.

La. rice farmers show Kellogg, Walmart how they do it
Dustin Harrell at field day

(Distributed 06/29/11) CROWLEY, La. – Representatives of the Kellogg Co. and Walmart saw firsthand June 23 how Louisiana rice farmers are using sustainable agricultural practices to produce a crop profitably in an environmentally friendly manner.

4-H University offers safe-driving program
Darrell Reed at 4-H U

(Distributed 06/29/11) BATON ROUGE, La. – 4-H’ers experienced firsthand how texting and driving are a dangerous combination at one of the educational programs of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University on June 23.

Tourism summit set for Aug. 9-11 in Oak Grove, La.
(Distributed 06/28/11) Ways to enhance tourism resources and create new ones in rural areas in Louisiana and Mississippi will be featured at the 2011 Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit Aug. 9-11 at the Jason Lingo Center in Oak Grove, La.
Russin named LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research
John Russin
(Distributed 06/24/11) John Russin has been named the new vice chancellor for the LSU AgCenter and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. He has been serving as the interim vice chancellor since January 2011, when the previous vice chancellor, David Boethel, retired.
Louisiana youth named winners at 4-H University in Baton Rouge
Awards Ceremony
(Distributed 06/24/11) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of 4-H clubs from across Louisiana were named state winners and alternates in 43 contests on June 23 at the closing session of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University.
Study shows birds return to harvested rainforest areas in Brazil
(Distributed 06/22/11) During a 25-year period, many bird species in Brazilian rainforest fragments that were isolated by deforestation disappeared and then reappeared according to a research paper published June 22 in PLoS One, an online, peer-reviewed journal.
Gardeners hear from experts at field day
Charles Johnson
(Distributed 06/22/11) BATON ROUGE – Interested gardeners braved hot temperatures to hear the latest research-based information at the LSU AgCenter Burden Research Center field day on June 18.
Drought bigger concern than flood for agriculture 2011
(Distributed 06/20/11) The drought and heat are turning out to be more of a problem for Louisiana farmers than the flood. Although it’s too early to predict the effects on crop yields and livestock production, 2011 is definitely not going to be as good as 2010.
AgCenter preparing rural residents for broadband Internet
(Distributed 06/20/11) High-speed Internet connections are on the way to rural areas of Louisiana, and the LSU AgCenter will soon begin preparing rural residents for its arrival.
Armadillos don’t have to ruin your landscape
(Distributed 06/17/11) Though there are no repellents or poisons registered for armadillo control, there are several options for those plagued by this nuisance animal.
Insect, disease control critical to successful pecan production
(Distributed 06/17/11) SHREVEPORT, La. – Ninety pecan growers from seven states gathered at the LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research and Extension Station field day on June 16 to hear about the latest information on how to have successful production.
Diseases strike rice fields despite lack of rain
Eric Webster
(Distributed 06/16/11) CROWLEY, La. – Even though rainfall has been sparse, rice fields could still be afflicted by disease normally associated with a wet year, according to Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist. He told farmers at the Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day that he has found sheath blight and leaf blast in fields.