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Louisiana dairy farmers hang on despite high feed, fuel, fertilizer costs
(Distributed 11/02/12) FRANKLINTON, La. – While many agricultural producers have experienced improved conditions over the past few years, dairy farmers still are trying to recover from the hard years, especially 2009, according to LSU AgCenter researcher Mike McCormick, resident coordinator at the Southeast Research Station.

Cattle ranchers learn basics of marsh burning
(Distributed 10/31/12) GRAND LAKE, La. – Cattle owners and ranch managers in Cameron Parish learned the basics of smoke management in prescribed burns used to control coastal marsh vegetation. Niels De Hoop, LSU AgCenter forestry specialist, said prescribed burning is a tool used by foresters, sugarcane farmers, and in marshland for cattle at a meeting here on Oct. 30.

Rice board approves funding 17 research projects for $1.3 million
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(Distributed 10/31/12) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Rice Research Board met Oct. 29 to decide how funds from checkoff money should be spent on research projects to benefit fellow farmers. The board approved $1.3 million in funding for 17 projects, after hearing several hours of presentations from LSU AgCenter scientists.

LSU AgCenter helps improve Internet access in rural areas
(Distributed 10/31/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is working with residents in certain rural areas of Louisiana who are still experiencing difficulty receiving broadband Internet services.

Scientists study potential value of switchgrass in Louisiana
harvesting switchgrass
(Distributed 10/30/12) ARCHIBALD, La. – Michael Blazier is familiar with growing trees. As an LSU AgCenter forestry researcher, he has been involved in many timber-related projects that have helped determine the most efficient methods for producing quality lumber. Now, he is working on growing switchgrass, a fast-growing native plant that shows promise as a biofuel feedstock.
AT&T gives $25,000 to new building at 4-H camp
Group Shot
(Distributed 10/26/12) POLLOCK, La. – A donation by AT&T will help fund the first phase of construction of a multipurpose center at the LSU AgCenter 4-H Camp Grant Walker. Sonia Perez, AT&T president for Louisiana operations, presented a $25,000 check to Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, on Oct. 25.
Students learn nutrition, gardening at Food Day
Kiki Fontenot
(Distributed 10/25/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students at Glasgow Middle School streamed out of their gymnasium with hands full of fruit, vegetables, seeds and sandwiches. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were participating in the school’s Food Day program.
Sorbet violas, Cool Wave pansies make ideal cool-season plants
cool wave pansies
(Distributed 10/25/12) HAMMOND, LA. – The ideal planting time for cool-season bedding plants in Louisiana runs from late September through early December. Some of our common cool-season flowers prefer the earlier planting dates and some prefer the later planting dates.
Classes use nutrition lesson to teach Web skills
(Distributed 10/25/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is helping individuals get comfortable using the Internet while also teaching them about nutrition guidelines.
LSU AgCenter scientist sees fish as more than a meal
(Distributed 10/23/12) BATON ROUGE, La. — Scientists at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station have been known for genetic research on farm-raised fish, but that research is evolving into genetics in the biomedical arena.
Here’s a look at new landscape plants for 2013
amistad salvia
(Distributed 10/19/12) Each fall, trial gardens, such as those located at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, compile results from entries and name the best-performing of the new plants for the next year.
Ribbon cut for school garden at Burden
(Distibuted 10/17/19/12) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Model School and Children’s Garden at Burden on Oct. 16.
Louisiana Food Access Summit set for Nov. 7 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/17/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Several Louisiana organizations concerned with food production and distribution have planned a Food Access Summit Nov. 7 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The purpose is to promote communication among these various groups.
Landscape field day features variety
Landscape field day
(Distributed 10/17/12) HAMMOND, La. – Plants, shrubs, diseases and plant growth regulators were among the topics presented at the landscape field day held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on Oct. 11.