(Distributed 12/22/06) In Louisiana, 2006 likely will be remembered as the year after the hurricanes. But a relatively ordinary year was a welcome relief to many, including farmers. While the hurricanes in 2005 took a toll on many agricultural producers, production this year was good for most commodities, according to LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry.
(Distributed 12/20/06) The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the opening of the sign-up period for disaster assistance programs made available through the Emergency Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2006, according to LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry.
(Distributed 12/20/06) The LSU AgCenter will host the 2007 Agricultural Outlook Conference Jan. 22-23 in Baton Rouge. Designed to continue addressing the current issues facing the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and others, the theme of the conference is "Keeping Louisiana’s Agriculture Competitive."
(Distributed 12/20/06) The LSU AgCenter is once again offering photographers an opportunity to contribute to its popular Get It Growing calendar. Professional or amateur nature photographers from Louisiana or the surrounding areas are invited to submit photos to be considered for publication in the 2008 Get It Growing gardening calendar.
(Distributed 12/20/06) Working with volunteers to restore New Orleans’ City Park has become an ongoing labor of love for two LSU AgCenter employees.
(Distributed 12/20/06) Rice farmers in Southwest Louisiana will have a chance to catch up on the latest techniques and recommendations for the upcoming growing season in a series of four clinics being held by the LSU AgCenter in early January.
(Distributed 12/19/06) The LSU AgCenter honored four individuals and three teams with its top awards for faculty members, as well as two staff members for their outstanding service, Monday (Dec. 18) during its Annual Conference in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 12/15/06) The foods many people enjoy this time of year are much more than just good eatin’ for the holidays. From rice dressing to sweet potatoes and poultry to pecan pies, the treats you enjoy from Thanksgiving through New Year’s are part of a food and fiber sector that means billions to the state’s economy.
(Distributed 12/14/06) Developing disease-resistant varieties is the best approach to help farmers fight diseases that afflict rice, said Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist at the Rice Research Station in Crowley.
(Distributed 12/12/06) Livestock and forage producers and officials from across the state gathered here earlier this month to learn about more efficient ways to produce and market forage.
(Distributed 12/08/06) A 4-H’er from South Louisiana and a leader in the state’s rice industry were among those honored at the USA Rice Federation’s 2006 Outlook Conference here.
(Distributed 12/04/06) Eric Eskew, a native of Jennings, La., joined the LSU AgCenter in November as the new executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation.
(Distributed 12/01/06) Exceptional service projects were key to 13 Louisiana 4-H members receiving Good Provider awards recently at LSU’s Lod Cook Conference Center.
(Distributed 12/01/06) Sitting in a hospital all day long is not much fun for the typical child, especially Jackson, a 3-year-old with big brown eyes and Batman pajamas. When 4-H’ers Jessica Windham and Myles Morris asked if he wanted to make a keychain, he was glad to make a "butterfly one for my mom."