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New buddleias provide impressive flowers
flutterby tutti fruitti pink buddleia

(Distributed 08/30/13) HAMMOND, La. – Buddleias, known by most home gardeners as butterfly bush, are becoming an increasingly popular plant in the home landscape.

Smart Bodies health program will reach 100 schools this year
(Distributed 08/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – One hundred elementary schools across Louisiana are taking steps to help their students eat better and move more during this school year. These schools are participating in Smart Bodies, a program of the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

School success can start with healthy habits at home
(Distributed 08/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools back in session, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish consistent patterns for eating breakfast, family meals and bedtime.

South Louisiana rice crop looks good
rice harvest

(Distributed 08/28/13) CROWLEY, La. – Harvest of the south Louisiana rice crop is winding down, and favorable reports are the rule. “It’s been a good crop,” said Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station. “Quality-wise, it’s outstanding.”

2 LSU AgCenter faculty members named food science Fellows
Lucina Lampila
(Distributed 08/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two faculty members in the LSU AgCenter Department of Food Science have been named Fellows of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Beef, forage field day set for Sept. 19 in Mangham
(Distributed 08/28/13) MANGHAM, La. – A beef and forage field day will be held at Goldmine Plantation in Mangham from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thurs., Sept. 19.
Beef cattle field day set for Oct. 3 in Opelousas
(Distributed 08/26/13) OPELOUSAS, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers field day has been set for Oct. 3 at Dominique’s Stockyard.
Poultry field day set for Sept. 18 in Homer, La.
(Distributed 08/26/13) HOMER, La. – A Master Farmer field day for poultry producers will be held Sept. 18 at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station.
Family cricket business makes plans to avoid virus
Fluker Cricket Farm
(Distributed 08/26/13) PORT ALLEN, La. – A virus that has crippled the cricket industry in Europe keeps West Baton Rouge Parish breeder and grower David Fluker alert, but optimistic.
Cattle prices expected to hold, might improve
strahan with broomsedge
(Distributed 08/26/13) CADE, La. – Cattle prices should stay at the current level – or even increase – because of the expected decrease in beef production, an LSU AgCenter beef economist told cattle farmers on Aug. 21.
Finger named new sweet potato specialist
Mavis Finger
(Distributed 08/23/13) CHASE, La. – Mavis Finger, the new LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist, always knew she wanted a career in making things grow.
Controlling giant salvinia takes patience, herbicides
(Distributed 08/23/13) CROWLEY, La. – Giant salvinia in southwest Louisiana should be under control in a few years. In the meantime landowners can combat the invasive aquatic weed with herbicides, according to an LSU AgCenter weed specialist.
Tibouchina or Princess Flower – Plant of the Week for August 26, 2013
dwarf tibochina
(Distributed 08/23/14) Princess flower (tibouchina) includes several species.
Improve fall roses with late-summer care
Julia Child rose
(Distributed 08/23/13) HAMMOND, La. – Late summer is the time to begin preparations for spectacular fall blooms on your roses. Roses need disease management and proper fertilization in August through early September for best fall performance.