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U.S. rice mills urged to offer incentives for quality grain
(Distributed 01/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Until rice mills start to offer incentives for quality grain, farmers will continue to choose varieties based on yield, LSU AgCenter rice breeder Steve Linscombe told his colleagues from rice-growing regions across the United States.

New facility part of LSU AgCenter's Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative
(Audio News 01/31/12) A new pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute functions much like a sugar mill, but this facility will produce syrup that can be turned into biofuels and biochemicals. The recently commissioned plant will be a centerpiece for research, education and outreach for the emerging biorefining industry in the Southeast. (Runtime: 1:55)

Urban youth learn camping skills through mentoring program
(Distributed 01/31/12) NEW ORLEANS – Getting back to nature and spending time in the great outdoors is an activity that some inner- city youth in New Orleans are making part of their childhood.

Camellia garden stroll scheduled for Feb. 10 in Hammond
(Distributed 01/30/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Master Gardeners are sponsoring their annual camellia garden stroll from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Hammond Research Station.

Get-fit tools can help with resolutions
Fit Tools
(Video News 01/29/13) Sophisticated pedometers and smart phones can help people keep their healthy living resolutions. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard tells how. (1:55:)
AgCenter entomologist David Kerns named to Jack Hamilton Chair in Cotton Production
(Distributed 01/28/13) WINNSBORO, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologist David Kerns was honored Jan. 18 in a ceremony recognizing him as the Jack Hamilton Regents Chair in Cotton Production in the AgCenter.
AgCenter offers tree care classes in February
(Distributed 01/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is offering two new short courses for tree care and landscape professionals. The first course, Introduction to Arboriculture, will be held Feb. 18-22.
AgCenter biofuels pilot plant commissioned in La.
ribbon cutting
(Distributed 01/25/13) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The fledgling biofuels and bioprocessing industry in the South took a step forward Friday, Jan. 25, with the formal commissioning of a pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute.
Prune trees and shrubs correctly
(Distributed 01/25/13) HAMMOND, La. – No specific set of rules will cover all pruning. The important consideration should be preserving the natural form of a particular species.
EPA steps up lead rule enforcement; certification class offered Feb. 7 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 01/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced plans to increase lead safety and awareness of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule by mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors as a reminder of their obligation to become certified and by increasing its monitoring and enforcement activities.
Backyard flocks allow urbanites to raise food
Backyard Flocks
(Video News 01/25/13) Childhood memories of her grandfather’s chicken flock in the Netherlands prompted Kim Kramer to turn her shed into a chicken coop. Three years later, “the girls,” as she calls them, are a part of her family. Kramer and her husband Chris Mores and their three boys are part of a growing number of city dwellers who have backyard flocks. (Runtime: 1:39)
Improve light conditions inside for indoor plants
(Audio 01/28/13) Light is a plant's food, so it is critical for the plant to grow and thrive. If you have indoor plants this winter, make sure they are near a window where they can get plenty of light. Clean windows or prune plants to let more light in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Everblooming roses need pruning in late winter
(Audio 01/28/13) Late January is a good time to prune everblooming roses. How far back you cut the roses depends on much their size needs to be controlled. Remember, pruning helps them bloom better. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant ground covers during cool season
(Audio 01/28/13) If you can't find things to do in the landscape, consider planting ground covers. These plants establish well during cooler months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)