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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.

Farmers get relief from rice diseases in 2014
Don Groth

(Distributed 11/26/14) CROWLEY, La. – Disease in rice was not as big of a problem in 2014 for most growers as in previous years, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth.

LSU students tie holiday traditions to agriculture
2 students

(Distributed 11/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students decked out in festive “ugly” Christmas sweaters gathered in the lobby of the Renewable Natural Resources building on LSU’s campus on Sunday, Nov. 23. The space was transformed into a cheerful holiday setting, with a tree lighting a dark corner, a digital fireplace roaring on a big screen and stockings hung from an aquarium with care.

AgCenter wheat, oat field guide now available
field guide

(Distributed 11/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has released a wheat and oat field guide that can be used to identify weeds, insect pests and diseases that affect those crops.

Louisiana 4-H’ers attend international livestock show
4H group

(Distributed 11/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of 43 Louisiana 4-H members competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 8-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. The students were selected at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport, where they won the LSU AgCenter’s Beef and Sheep Educational Award Trip.

Plant cool-season plants in December
(Audio 12/1/14) Add cool-season bedding plants to your landscape in early December. This will allow the plants to settle in before the intense cold of late December, January and February. Listen to learn which cool-season bedding plants will do well this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Display holiday plants
(Audio 12/1/14) Use poinsettias to decorate your home for the holidays. Keep poinsettias well watered and locate them close to a window. Another holiday plant is the Christmas cactus, which will bloom year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store garden equipment through winter
(Audio 12/1/14) Gardening chores typically slow down during this time of year. Make sure to drain the gasoline from power equipment before storing them. Clean and sharpen all your tools, then coat them with oil so they do not rust. Store pesticides in a location where they won’t freeze. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Select a fresh Christmas tree
(Audio 12/1/14) Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh for the holiday season. Shake the tree to look for fallen needles, touch the needles to see if they are still soft, and pick out a tree that has a fresh green look and a nice smell. Consider cutting your own tree on a Louisiana Christmas tree farm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant December vegetables
(Audio 12/1/14) Louisiana’s mild winters allow gardeners to grow vegetables year round. Promptly harvest vegetables to receive the best quality possible. Listen to learn which vegetables to plant in December. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H’ers Compete at Poultry and Egg Conference
(Distributed 11/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana 4-H’ers from across the state brought home awards from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky on November 19-20, said LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne.
Poinsettia time is here
(Distributed 11/24/14) HAMMOND, La. – The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season means it’s time for poinsettias.
Cool Wave Pansies – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 24, 2014
Cool Wave pansies
(Distributed 11/21/14) Over the past couple years, companies have released new pansies with trailing growth habits, and fall in Louisiana is the best time to add pansies to the landscape.
Horses need proper feeding in winter
(Distributed 11/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Winter is quickly approaching in Louisiana. In most other parts of the country, that means increased stable time, decreased riding time and significantly different nutrient requirements for our horses, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Louisiana Super Plants – 5 years old with more coming
Amazon dianthus
(Distributed 11/21/14) HAMMOND, La. – It’s hard to believe, but the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program is now 5 years old.