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Four students win rice cooking awards
4 rice cooking winners

(Distributed 09/30/13) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Thirteen high school students participated in the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers Association rice cooking contest on Sept. 25 as part of National Rice Month, which is sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.

Companies grow with LSU AgCenter food incubator
Food Incubator

(Video News 09/30/13) Food businesses are starting, growing or trying something new at the LSU AgCenter food incubator. The incubator offers kitchen space, professional guidance and large-scale equipment. AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the kitchen and clients. (Runtime: 1:57)

Healy to serve as AgCenter public health entomologist
Kristen Healy

(Distributed 09/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La – The threat of mosquitoes can keep people from enjoying the outdoors, but the LSU AgCenter has a public health entomologist whose work will help fight the bite.

Drift rose is low-maintenance Super Plant
Drift Roses

(Video 09/30/13) Fall is a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs. The low-maintenance, yet beautiful Drift rose is an excellent choice. It’s a Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2013. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains an important difference between the Drift rose and the popular Knock Out rose. (Runtime: 1:48)

Check labels when choosing petunias
(Video 09/23/13) Petunias offer profuse color to a landscape, and now’s a great time to plant them. Even though all petunias look similar at the nursery, there are differences. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of reading specific labels when choosing the right petunias for your flower bed. (Runtime: 1:47)
Belinda’s Dream rose – LSU AgCenter Plant of the Week for September 30, 2013
Belinda's Dream rose
A past Louisiana Super Plant, Belinda’s Dream rose is one of the most popular Earth Kind roses grown in Louisiana. This variety was named a Texas Superstar plant in 2002 – the first rose to be so honored.
Drift roses named Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013
Apricot Drift rose
(Distributed 09/27/13) HAMMOND, La. – One of the great new groups of almost-everblooming plants, the Drift series of low-maintenance roses, fits a special niche in the shrub rose market. These roses are from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, the same folks who gave us the Knock Out series of low-maintenance landscape roses.
Author of book on insects as weapons of war will speak Oct. 4 at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jeff Lockwood, a professor at the University of Wyoming and award-winning writer, will present a lecture about his book “Six-Legged Soldiers: A History of Insects in Torture, Terrorism, and Warfare” on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., Room A101, Life Sciences Annex, on the LSU campus.
Burden Museum & Gardens is new name for historic property
(Video News 09/26/13) Gardens, trails, crops and a museum all comprise Burden Museum and Gardens. The new name for the historic site aims to provide visitors with a slice of rural Louisiana served up in a bountiful setting. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the pastoral oasis. (Runtime: 1:57)
Food incubator helps businesses grow
(Audio News 09/27/13) Courtney Harding stirred a bubbling concoction of sugar, butter and milk, waiting for the moment when the ingredients turned the right color, the right consistency to spoon out into creamy caramelized confections. Harding has been selling his Dolce Treats pralines for two years, but he was ready to expand his business, so he turned to the LSU AgCenter food incubator for help. (Runtime: 1:55)
Bring fall into your home with natural decorations
(Audio 09/30/13) Look around and you can see many natural things you can use to decorate your home this fall. You can find seed pods, pine cones, leaves or cattails. These dried materials can stay attractive all season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare perennials for fall
(Audio 09/30/13) Perennials can live in our garden for a number of years. Many of the perennials in Louisiana are winding down in fall. This is a good time to divide them or clean up the areas around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Drift roses are a Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 09/30/13) Drift rose series is a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. These roses are low-growing and come in a variety of colors. They can be planted in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transition to cool-season vegetables in garden
(Audio 09/30/13) Louisiana home vegetable gardeners can focus on cool-season vegetables in October. Cole and root crops are good ones to grow this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)