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Watch out for extra holiday calories
(Distributed 11/30/12) Are you one of the many Americans who face the holiday season with some fear of gaining weight? The good news is that although many people gain weight from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, research suggests that the gain will probably be only one pound, not five, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.

LSU AgCenter announces 2014 Get It Growing calendar photography contest
(Distributed 11/30/12) The LSU AgCenter announces its call for entries for the 2014 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. Louisiana photographers will have an opportunity to submit their best photos of beautiful Louisiana flowers, plants, lawns and gardens.

Nuttall oak – one of the best oaks for Louisiana
nuttall oak

(Distributed 11/30/12) This is a great time to add new trees to our landscapes. Oak trees are very popular in Louisiana landscapes, and we are familiar with the popular Southern live oak. Deciduous oaks – those that lose foliage in winter – common in Louisiana are water oak, shumard oak, southern red oak and willow oak. The one, however, with the best potential for landscape use is the nuttall oak.

Seafood marketing program expanding
(Distributed 11/26/12) ABBEVILLE, La. – A seafood promotion and marketing project aimed at developing direct sales from fishermen to customers is being expanded along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Louisiana 4-H’ers compete at 2012 National 4 H Poultry and Egg Conference
(Distributed 11/26/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two of the 10 Louisiana participants in the national 4 H Poultry and Egg Conference recently (Nov. 14 15) won first and second place in cooking competition.
LSU AgCenter Dairy Store provides popular items for holidays
(Distributed 11/21/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The holidays mean an increase in mail orders for boxed cheese at the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store. The boxes contain two pounds of cheese that sell for $11.50 a box, plus tax and shipping charges.
Japanese maples make great signature trees
threadleaf Japanese maple leaves
(Distributed 11/21/12) Japanese maples have the potential to be one of the most outstanding small trees for specimen plantings and focal-point use in residential landscapes in the Southeast.
20 4-H achievement winners honored at luncheon
(Distributed 11/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty winners of this year’s Louisiana 4-H Educational Awards Trip were honored at an awards luncheon at The Club at Union Square, formerly the LSU Faculty Club, on Nov. 20.
Farmer of the Year nomination deadline Jan. 4
(Distributed 11/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year award are being accepted now through Jan. 4. Application forms can be obtained at any LSU AgCenter parish extension office or online at
Thanksgiving kicks off poinsettia season
(Distributed 11/16/12) Thanksgiving week is the time when many people begin purchasing plants for the holiday season, and many poinsettias are available in stores and garden centers now, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
Sweet potato farmers harvest good-quality crop
(Distributed 11/16/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – In casseroles and pies, sweet potatoes will share space with the turkey on Thanksgiving. Louisiana farmers harvested a good crop of this Thanksgiving mainstay. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith said despite some concerns late in the growing season, farmers brought in a good crop.
Dianthus gain popularity as cool-season flowers
bouquet dianthus
(Distributed 11/16/12) November is prime time for cool-season bedding plants, and dianthus have been among the plants in this group gaining considerable popularity the past 10 years. Pansies have long been the most popular cool-season bedding plant, but many new dianthus varieties are making this great, under-used cool-season flower better known to home gardeners.
Louisiana farmers produce record soybean crop
unloading soybeans
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana farmers produced a record soybean crop this year, yielding 44 bushels on 1.11 million acres, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. The previous high was 43 bushels in 2007.
TransGenRx receives LED R&D tax credit
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – TransGenRx Inc. (, a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company based here, recently received a substantial Louisiana R&D Tax Credit award.