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11 Louisiana 4-H’ers win top prizes at national poultry, egg conference
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eleven Louisiana 4-H members took home top prizes from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 20-21.

Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction nominations due Dec. 15
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted through Dec. 15.

LSU AgCenter poinsettia open house, sale set for Dec. 6
poinsettias at Burden

(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a poinsettia open house and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, which is located at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge.

LSU AgCenter offers new home fruit, nut production handbook
Cover of Louisiana Home Fruit and Nut Production

(Distributed 11/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has published a valuable guide for those interested in fruit and nut production in the state.

Students learn about wetlands during statewide Exploration Day
Wetlands Day
(Distributed 11/22/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students from the LSU Laboratory School got out of the classroom for a wetlands education field day at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum on Nov. 14. The event, known as Louisiana Wetlands Exploration Day, was one of seven similar events held around the state this fall, according to Ashley Mullens, LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Wetlands Program manager.
Camelot Foxglove – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 25, 2013
Camelot Cream foxglove
(Distributed 11/22/13) The Camelot series foxglove (Digitalis) is seed-propagated and includes four colors – Camelot Cream, Camelot White, Camelot Rose and Camelot Lavender.
Workshop focuses on wood-based bioenergy
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The U.S. forestry industry has migrated from the Pacific Northwest to the South over the past two decades, providing additional opportunities for Southern forest landowners, an LSU AgCenter business development expert told an audience at a workshop on forest-based bioenergy.
Sasanquas, dwarf camellias add color to early-winter landscapes
sasanqua hedge
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The sasanqua species of camellia is one of our most popular flowering shrubs for late fall through early spring. These go by the scientific names of Camellia sasanqua.
Nutrition agent measures success with habit changes
Debbie Melvin
(Distributed 11/21/13) THIBODAUX, La. – Debbie Melvin likes to say that it takes 30 days to make something a habit. She spends eight Monday evenings with a group of women helping them form healthy habits they can have for the rest of their lives.
Master Gardeners get equipped at conference
Master Gardeners
(Distributed 11/21/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 60 Master Gardeners from across the state attended the Louisiana Plant Materials Conference at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens as part of a training program on Nov. 19.
Gardeners can do fall cleaning around their landscape
(Audio 11/25/13) Landscapes and gardens can stay attractive during winter. Gardeners should take some time to clean up around their landscape by cutting back dead foliage or adding new mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plan to plant root crops directly from seeds
(Audio 11/25/13) A lot of vegetables are available as transplants at nurseries. Root crops, however, must be direct-seeded. The root is the crop, so if you pull it out to transplant it, the root may be damaged. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leaves can be mulch or compost
(Audio 11/25/13) Deciduous shade trees are dropping their leaves this time of the year. You can make use of these leaves in your landscape by raking them and using them as mulch or by composting them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
’Tis the poinsettia season
poinsettias in greenhouse
(Distributed 11/20/13) HAMMOND, La. – The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season means it’s time for poinsettias.