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Coastal conference brings together economists, policy makers
Long, Caffey, Russin

(Distributed 03/28/13) NEW ORLEANS, La. – More than 200 economists, sociologists and government policymakers brought ideas and lively discussion about ecosystem services and valuation to the “Big Easy” during the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems on March 24-26.

Tropical hibiscuses add to spring, summer landscapes
TradeWinds hibiscus

(Distributed 03/28/13) HAMMOND, La. – In Louisiana, we are ideally located to grow many plants that are adapted to more tropical and semi-tropical climates. This is especially true south of Interstate 10 and Interstate 12.

Urban farms bring fresh food to city dwellers
Urban Farms

(Video News 03/26/13) The LSU AgCenter is one of several organizations supporting small farms established in urban settings. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited urban farms in New Orleans that are bringing locally-grown, fresh food to city dwellers. (Runtime: 2:27)

LSU AgCenter receives $1.5 million wetlands grant
(Distributed 03/26/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H youth development program has received a $1.5 million, three-year grant to continue a wetlands-based curriculum aimed at students and teachers in grades fourth through 12th. This is the third time the AgCenter has received a grant for this program, which has been in operation since 2007.

Follow food safety guidelines when handling eggs
(Audio 03/25/13) Lots of eggs will get boiled, dyed, hid and hunted this Easter. Denise Holston-West says we must remember that hard cooked eggs are perishable, and eggs should not be allowed to sit out all day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Replace some Easter candy with toys
(Audio 03/25/13) Store shelves and children’s baskets overflow with candy at Easter time. Parents may be mindful of not going overboard with candy, but inevitably children will get candy. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West said some of the sweet treats could be replaced with toys.
Shrimpers learn new technology, ways to save money
Mark Shirley
(Distributed 03/25/13) DELCAMBRE, La. – Experts from the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant met with area shrimpers to help them become more efficient, learn new technology and comply with federal fishing regulations. “We are talking about efficiency and quality,” said Thomas Hymel, extension agent.
Choosing the best tomato transplants
Tomato transplants
(Video 03/25/13) At this time you can plant many different types of vegetables. Tomatoes are among the favorites. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for when selecting tomato transplants from the nursery. (Runtime: 1:40)
Urban farms bring fresh food closer to city tables
Amber Dawn
(Distributed 03/22/13) NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans is famous for its food. Fried seafood, rich gumbos and spicy etouffees are some of the city’s staples. But healthier fare is making its mark on the city’s landscape in the form of urban farms.
Angelonias offer good landscape performance
serena angelonia
(Distributed 03/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – Gardeners have long desired flowers that are low-maintenance in their landscape. But they also want these flowers to last spring through fall.
Wheat, oat field day set for April 17 at LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station
(Distributed 03/12/13) LSU AgCenter will conduct a wheat and oat field day on April 17 at the Macon Ridge Research Station south of Winnsboro, La.
AgCenter researcher receives $400,000 NSF grant
Dan Hayes
(Distributed 03/20/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dan Hayes, an assistant professor in the LSU AgCenter Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has been awarded a $400,000 Career Award grant from the National Science Foundation.
Corn planting had slow start, quick progression
Corn Planting
(Audio 03/20/13) Corn planting has started across the state. Frequent rains in recent months have farmers behind schedule, but LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that farmers will plant as much as they can while the corn-planting window is open. (Runtime: 1:15)
Ideal weather helps corn planting in Louisiana
(Distributed 03/20/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Farmers sowed the first seeds of spring with corn going into the ground early in March. Wet weather delayed the start of planting, according to LSU AgCenter corn specialist, Ronnie Levy, but once drier conditions moved in, farmers planted a lot of corn in a short time.