(Distributed 11/06/03) Participants heard reports on a variety of research during a field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station last week. Topics covered during the Oct. 30 event ranged from the importance of conducting research in cooperation with other universities to the need for farmers to be concerned about biosecurity in their operations
(Distributed 11/06/03) Louisiana pecan producers like Ben Littlepage are optimistic about this year’s crop after suffering the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili last year. This year’s pecan harvest in Louisiana is estimated to be nearly 17 million pounds – more than double the 6.9 million pounds of pecans harvested last year.
(Distributed 11/06/03) Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse may be less costly in the future. Dr. H.Y. Hanna, an LSU AgCenter scientist, is studying how spacing between bags that hold the plants affects the amount of heat required to produce tomatoes in greenhouses.
(Distributed 11/19/2003) New federal regulations are about to make it possible for most Americans to switch wireless and wired phone carriers without losing the phone numbers their friends and relatives know by heart. That’s predicted to be a good thing for consumers, according to LSU AgCenter family economics professor Dr. Jeanette Tucker.
(Distributed 11/25/2003) The LSU AgCenter has scheduled its 2003 Poinsettia Open House for Dec. 9-10 on the campus in Baton Rouge. The annual event provides poinsettia growers and the public with an opportunity to view some of the latest poinsettia varieties and to see the results of LSU AgCenter research with the plants.
(Distributed 11/26/2003) The LSU AgCenter held a groundbreaking ceremony this week (Nov. 24) for a new research and extension center building near Clinton.
(Distributed 11/19/2003) Tree farming is a good alternative for landowners to consider in making long-term investments in their land resources, but some knowledge is required to protect that investment. Providing such knowledge was the purpose of a recent meeting in Marksville coordinated by the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 11/14/2003) Horses have to rely on their owners for food, water and shelter, so it’s important to see that those needs are met – particularly at times like this when dry weather leads to a shortage of pasture grass, says LSU AgCenter veterinarian Dr. Steven S. Nicholson.
(Distributed 11/07/03) "Let’s go fishing" are the buzz words around the elementary and junior high schools in Plaquemines Parish – thanks to LSU AgCenter 4-H agent Wayne Burgess and some outstanding volunteers who conduct an aquatic education program. But the youngsters learn a lot more than how to fish.
(Distributed 11/06/03) Louisiana’s "green industry" continues to be one of the leading economic contributors among the state’s agricultural commodities, according to a study completed recently by the LSU AgCenter. The study shows a direct economic contribution of $2.2 billion annually in Louisiana from the industry that includes wholesale production and retail distribution of commercial nursery products, landscape and horticultural services, golf course maintenance and related expenditures
(Distributed 11/12/03) Despite a 10 percent reduction in the amount of sugarcane coming off Louisiana’s fields this harvest season, the state’s growers are running ahead of schedule and enjoying improved sugar yields per ton of cane.
(Distributed 11/25/2003) Louisiana catfish producers who lost money on their commodity in 2002 may get some of it back. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has certified a petition for catfish producers in 18 states who filed for financial aid under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program.
(Distributed 11/19/2003) Representatives from the Cooperative Extension Services in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi met last week (Nov. 13) in Oak Grove to discuss how and when they will bring educational and outreach programs to the economically depressed Mississippi Delta region. The meeting came about as the result of an agreement signed this spring in which universities in the three states agreed to share knowledge and expertise to bring such programs to the region.
(Distributed 11/06/03) Although there’s not an imminent danger, some scientists say a widespread disease or bioterrorism attack could wipe out significant portions of the U.S. farm animal population. That's where the National Animal Germplasm Program comes in.
(Distributed 11/06/03) Louisiana cattle producers are excited about the market news that beef cattle prices recently hit record high prices for fat cattle, feeder cattle and calves.
(Distributed 11/25/2003) The LSU AgCenter is among the sponsors for the 2003 Deep South Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show Dec. 3-5 in Mobile, Ala.
(Distributed 11/25/2003) A series of workshops on "Serving Food Safely" recently were launched as a collaborative effort of the land-grant universities in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The workshops are targeted at staff members and volunteers at food banks and similar "food recovery" agencies and are designed to ensure the meals supplied to those who might otherwise go hungry are handled appropriately.
(Distributed 11/10/03) Louisiana farmers and agribusiness leaders will have the opportunity to continue discussing issues facing agriculture and working toward solutions at the 2004 AgOutlook Conference in Monroe. Operating under the theme of "Agriculture for the Future," the conference is set for Jan. 15, 2004.
(Distributed 11/19/2003) Fourth graders in the East Feliciana Parish schools are getting some hands-on experience to help them to pass the science section of the mandatory LEAP test. But they aren't alone. What one LSU AgCenter agent began as a local program five years ago now is available statewide.
(Distributed 11/26/2003) You may just think of them as delicious treats, but some of Louisiana’s traditional favorites for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners also contribute handily to the state’s economy. Agricultural products and natural resources contribute billions of dollars to Louisiana's economy all year round, according to figures from the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 11/20/2003) Members of 4-H Clubs across Louisiana are learning what it means to be good citizens, and they’re showing it through a variety of community service projects.
(Distributed 11/06/03) Three new, early-ripening varieties of satsuma mandarins have given Louisiana producers a head start on the state’s annual citrus harvest. Louisiana Early, Early St. Ann and Brown Select – all developed by the LSU AgCenter – are being accepted enthusiastically by both growers and the buying public, according to Dr. Wayne Bourgeois, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter’s Citrus Research Station at Port Sulphur.
(Distributed 11/14/03) A drier-than-normal fall has been a boon to most Louisiana farmers, allowing easy harvest of cotton and sugarcane. Dairy farmers, on the other hand, would like to see rain.
(Distributed 11/24/2003) The state’s first freezing temperatures of the year are a reminder that plants, pets and pipes must be protected from the harsh conditions of winter, according to experts in the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 11/26/2003) Louisiana 4-H "Good Providers," state contest winners and adult leaders received awards at an annual recognition luncheon in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Tuesday (Nov. 25).