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In the small towns of northeast Louisiana, it’s usually not hard to tell whether farmers are having a good year or a bad year. When the harvest is bountiful and commodity prices are good, nearly everyone – farmer or not – seems to have a little more money to spend.
Rice, sugarcane and sweet potatoes are staple crops around the world. Here at home, they’re signatures of Louisiana cuisine and culture. Together, those three crops annually contribute about $1.5 billion to the state’s economy — a sizeable impact that wouldn’t be possible without the LSU AgCenter.
Louisiana’s dairy industry contributes about $131 million to the economy every year. A tough business climate, however, has caused many Louisiana dairy farms to shut down in recent years. There are now only 125 dairy herds left in the state, most of which are in the Florida Parishes region.
Now in its 20th year, the Louisiana Master Gardener program continues to grow, helping the LSU AgCenter reach gardeners across the state with research-based horticulture information.
4-H is a youth development organization that emphasizes learning by doing. Members develop a diverse, lifelong skill set they can use to serve others, said Mark Tassin, LSU AgCenter program leader for 4-H youth and family development. Louisiana has about 250,000 4-H'ers.
Agriculture is essential to the life of every person in every country of the world. Through its International Programs office, the LSU AgCenter takes its mission of innovating, educating and improving lives worldwide while improving research and extension efforts here at home.
The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator is a one-stop resource center for people looking to break into the food business and put sellable, high-quality products on store shelves. The incubator puts within reach of entrepreneurs the tools to test, produce, package and market foods.
It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools in session again, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish good habits.
Most people enjoy a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. And despite the rising costs of food, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings still comes under $5 per person, on average, which is less than a typical fast food meal. Following are some tips to help make your Thanksgiving safe and enjoyable.
It only takes one sick plant to spoil the looks of your home landscape or your garden. But before you attempt to treat, you need to find out what's going on from an expert in plant diagnostics. And that's when you want to turn to the LSU AgCenter’s own "plant doctor," Raghuwinder Singh.
The Louisiana Sugar Planters Association hired William Carter Stubbs away from Alabama in 1885 to director a Sugar Experiment Station, which was the beginning of agricultural research in Louisiana.
In 2012, we celebrated 125 years of research excellence at the LSU AgCenter through the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which was established in 1887. That was the year Congress passed the Hatch Act, which provided federal funding to support agricultural experiment stations at the nation’s land-grant colleges.
Not only do Louisiana strawberries taste good. They’re good for the state’s economy. And this year Louisiana strawberry growers once again are producing a delicious crop.
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to add weapons to their arsenal as they battle the spread of the Formosan subterranean termite. And they’re making headway. This pest voraciously consumes wooden structures and woody plants and causes millions of dollars in damages.
Children need it desperately. Adults long for it. And during February, we celebrate it – love. It has been the inspiration for countless poems, songs and movies, and it is vital to healthy development and well-being.
Yards and gardens generally look a little frayed by this time of the year. The final really hot days that usually come at the end of a long, hot summer are especially hard on plants, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill.
Improving the lives of Louisiana families and children has long been a goal of the LSU AgCenter. The “Be Child Care Aware!” educational campaign is one example of that work.
The "Be Child Care Aware!" initiative involves many projects including the training of child-care providers. The following photos were taken over the past two years and include some of the sites where training was held.
From pre-K through college, LSU AgCenter experts offer advice about preparing for and making sure of a successful school year. Getting ready involves more than students. It’s important to the family, the community and, ultimately, our society.