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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms May 13-16
(Distributed 04/24/15) VIOLET, La. – Three thousand New Orleans area school children will learn how agriculture affects their lives when the exhibit AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms in Violet on May 13-16.

Fireworks Pennisetum – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 27, 2015
Fireworks fountain grass

(Distributed 04/24/15) Pennisetum is an ornamental grass commonly known as purple fountain grass. And Fireworks is a new red-foliaged variety addition to this group of grasses.

Wheat, oat research highlight field day
steve harrison

(Distributed 04/24/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Dozens of university wheat and oat varieties from university research and commercial companies were on display at the annual wheat and oat field day at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station Wednesday (April 22).

Zinnias produce great color all summer long
Zahara White

(Distributed 04/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – Home gardeners have long enjoyed zinnias, one of our most popular warm-season bedding plants. New zinnia varieties have been introduced regularly over the past few years.

Nursery, landscape industry thrives in Louisiana
Hickory Hill greenhouse
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana moves through spring, the state’s horticulture industry is shifting into high gear.
Planting roses is still an option
(Audio 04/27/15) Roses are abundant this time of year. Planting roses earlier is preferable, but planting from containers now will also work fine. Plant low-maintenance roses now to add some beauty and color to your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU poultry program promises students hands-on experiences
banding birds
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The chirping of baby chicks rang through a poultry lab on LSU’s campus. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne had a research associate and graduate and undergraduate students helping her sort, weigh and band the birds for a research project.
Keep crape myrtle aphids away
(Audio 04/27/15) Although crape myrtles are relatively immune to pests and diseases, crape myrtle aphids can weaken these trees, reduce flowering, and cause sooty mold growth. Listen for information about keeping crape myrtle aphids away from your trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead plants to encourage longer growth period
(Audio 04/27/15) The term deadheading refers to the removal of flowers that have faded. Deadheading can keep your plant looking fresh and prevent your plant from setting seed. Deadhead your plants to encourage longer growth and to keep them looking fresh. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try growing vines in the spring
(Audio 04/27/15) Spring is the prime season for planting perennial vines. Try training your vines onto a fence or lattice. As they grow, weave your vines horizontally through the fence or lattice in order to ensure that your vines appear full. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch Louisiana irises bloom in April
(Audio 04/27/15) April is usually the month when Louisiana irises look most beautiful in our landscapes. These flowers come in a wide variety of colors and can grow in both normal garden beds and wet areas. Listen for more information about caring for Louisiana irises. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable seeds come from different sources
Charlie Johnson
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Different types of vegetable seeds and the produce that comes from them can be confusing, LSU AgCenter horticulturists say.
Greenhead horse flies give clues to marsh health after oil spills
horse fly
(Distributed 04/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the effects of the BP oil spill on a horse fly species, using it as a bellwether to provide clues to the health of the marsh after the ecological disaster that occurred five years ago.
Lafayette Parish teacher named Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year
checking oxygen
(Distributed 04/21/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – Judy Morgan, fourth-grade teacher at Charles Burke Elementary School in Lafayette Parish, has been honored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau as Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for her school garden project.