If your family has a plan for what you’d do in case of a hurricane or other disaster, now is the time to pull it out and review it. If you don’t, there’s still time to write your plan, LSU AgCenter disaster preparedness specialist Pat Skinner says.
Following are pages of photos shot by AgCenter Communications photographers of the effects of hurricanes Gustav and Ike on agriculture and communities in Louisiana. They include photos from three of the AgCenter research stations in the Baton Rouge area – Sugar Station, Central Station and Burden Center. The photos include the photographer’s name and the date the photo was taken.
Richard Fontenot can’t sit still. With more than 2,500 acres to farm, he can’t afford to. But his efforts and contributions to Louisiana agriculture led to his being named the 2008 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
(For Release On Or After 03/28/08) The cucumber family, properly known as the cucurbitaceae (cu-cur-bit-A-cee-ee), provides a wide variety of vegetables popular for the spring, summer and fall home vegetable garden.
(For Release On Or After 03/21/08) I am often asked about low-maintenance landscaping. After a brief conversation, however, I often get the feeling that what the person actually is looking for is a no-maintenance landscape. Unfortunately, if you are going to have a landscape with trees, a lawn, shrubs and flowers, maintenance is going to be involved.
(For Release On Or After 03/14/08) Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are just perfect for shady spots.
(For Release On Or After 03/07/08) Gardening is no different from any other human endeavor. Whether you want to repair your own car or cook a fancy meal, there is information you must understand and techniques you have to learn and do properly.
Seminar to be held Satudray, February 23, 2008
"Down and Dirty Gardening Seminar"
(Distributed 08/27/08) The LSU AgCenter has a wealth of information on preparing for hurricanes and other storms as well as what to do in the aftermath of a storm.
(Distributed 08/29/08) Homeowners face many issues after a hurricane. If the home has escaped major structural damage, one of the first problems encountered may be the loss of electrical power.
(Distributed 08/19/08) Businesses and local governments have an opportunity to join together to market their rural communities as a destination for regional tourism, experts told those attending a tourism conference Aug. 12-14.
(Distributed 08/01/08) Fourteen Bienville Parish 4-H’ers learned about the world of work in professional jobs this summer in a new program that’s a joint venture between the LSU AgCenter and the Bienville Parish Police Jury. Called Jurors Empowering Teens, or JET, the six-week program was an experiment to see if investing in young people would pay off.
(Distributed 08/01/08) Squire Creek Country Club, a private course nestled in the rolling Louisiana hills near Ruston, will be the site of a 4-H benefit golf tournament Sept. 29.
(Distributed 08/20/08) Students attending the camp at the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center had the chance to take classes in science – learning about rockets, robots and other high-tech subjects.
(Distributed 08/27/08) ALEXANDRIA – Corn with improved resistance to aflatoxin and soybeans that won’t lose quality from Louisiana’s heavy rains are two of the crop breeding goals of an LSU AgCenter researcher at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Station in Alexandria. And Dr. Steve Moore is making progress on both fronts, which was good news for the 150 farmers and agricultural industry representatives gathered for a field day there on Aug. 21.
(Distributed 08/04/08) The 4-H team representing Louisiana at the national Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program walked away from the event with two pieces of good news – they placed second out of 18 state teams, and their state will host the event in 2009.
(Distributed 08/14/08) Why is my neighbor’s yard greener? That’s the most common phone call LSU AgCenter agent Troy Menard receives about lawn care.
(Distributed 08/18/08) A new horticulture lecture series titled Reflections in the Garden will be presented at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center the first Monday of each month starting in September.
(Distributed 08/25/08) The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay have put Louisiana farmers in a wait-and-see mode. They are waiting to get back into their fields to plant and harvest crops while seeing the quality of crops ready for harvest being diminished by the wet weather, say LSU AgCenter experts.
(Distributed 08/15/08) Trends in the sweet potato industry are showing a shift toward more processed products, LSU AgCenter experts said at a field day at the AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station Aug. 14.
(Distributed 08/18/08) Louisiana’s oldest living 4-H’er, Elaine Marchand Edmonston, and the Louisiana 4-H organization have some notable things in common.
(Distributed 04/14/08) Even if you are not otherwise required to file a tax return, you may still be eligible for an economic stimulus payment from the federal government, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Gloria Nye. Filing a return, however, is required to receive the money.
(Distributed 04/03/08) MANSFIELD – Nutrition educators and area residents learned they are never too old to improve bone health at Hats Off to Nutrition, a presentation by LSU AgCenter faculty March 27.
(Distributed 04/14/08) April 27–May 3 is Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community week, as proclaimed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The volunteer program, whose members used to be called extension homemakers, is a project of the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 04/02/08) Enjoy a guilt-free celebration in April by observing national pecan month with one of Louisiana’s locally grown commodities. You’ll be helping the state’s economy and treating yourself to a nutrient-rich food.
(Distributed 04/02/08) If springtime brings mild weather and an extended wet period, watch for a sinister-looking fungus or slime attacking your lawn.
(Distributed 04/14/08) The 2008 All-American Daylily winner is Sweet Summer Valentine, chosen by the All-American Daylily Selection Council. The plant has light, buff-pink flowers with a vivid burgundy maroon eyezone and a matching edge.
(Distributed 04/14/08) Choose Louisiana strawberries for a nutritious and delicious treat. Besides being naturally sweet and tasty, these locally grown berries require less shipping time than those grown out-of-state. This helps insure a fresher, higher quality product, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed 04/02/08) Consumers may learn how to avoid scams, fraud and identity theft through a program offered across the state by the LSU AgCenter and other organizations.
(For Release On Or After 04/11/08) Interest in growing herbs has been rising over the years as Louisiana gardeners increasingly have planted herbs in herb gardens or containers or in beds among existing plants.
(For Release On Or After 04/25/08) Nature never created a houseplant. The plants we call houseplants are native to various, generally tropical, areas of the world, and in all cases their natural habitat is outdoors.
(For Release On Or After 04/04/08) It’s amazing how many times I’ve gotten questions about growing grass in shady areas. This is a common issue because shade trees in a landscape grow larger over time.
(For Release On Or After 04/18/08) When you think about adding color to your landscape, flowering bedding plants are usually the first thing that comes to mind. Many plants with colorful foliage, however, can serve the same purpose.
(Distributed 04/22/08) The LSU AgCenter will conduct a Pond Management Workshop on Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Folsom First Baptist Church Living Center in Folsom.
(Distributed 04/25/08) Despite predictions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, LSU AgCenter experts say 2008 rice acreage likely will be up in Louisiana.
(Distributed 04/01/08)Six people from North Central Louisiana were inducted into the LSU AgCenter's 4-H Hall of Fame on March 27. They will join 94 others across the state who will be the first 100 honored as part of the state’s 4-H centennial celebration.
(Distributed 04/16/08) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service has awarded the LSU AgCenter a grant to become the country’s 11th Center for Wood Utilization Research.
(Distributed 04/21/08) Louisiana landowners will have the opportunity to learn about carbon credits and how they may benefit at a conference on May 14 at Alexandria.
(Distributed 04/09/08) Sixth-grade students from Meaux Elementary School in Vermilion Parish got a better understanding of what they have learned about coastal ecology by taking a field trip to the marsh as part of the LSU AgCenter's Youth Wetlands Week. They toured the Freshwater Bayou Locks – only a mile from the Gulf of Mexico.
(Distributed 04/16/08) LSU AgCenter rice research scientists conduct many projects at locations other than the Rice Research Station near Crowley. These off-station sites, typically between 2 and 6 acres, are in the state’s two rice-growing areas. This year four sites have been selected in southwestern Louisiana and two in northeastern Louisiana.
(Distributed 04/09/08) Members of the 2008 USA Rice Leadership Development class toured the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station April 3.
(Distributed 04/09/08) Members of the 2008 USA Rice Leadership Development class toured the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station April 3.
(Distributed 04/23/08) MONROE – The Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community heard about life lessons to be learned from family activities, gardening and finding happiness at the group’s statewide meeting April 16.
(Distributed 04/25/08) More than 180 students had an opportunity to see what it’s like to be an adult at the “Welcome to The Real World” event at Lutcher High School on April 18.
(Distributed 04/18/08) Typically grown in southeastern Louisiana, strawberries are flourishing in Madison Parish at Grady’s Garden, said R.L. Frazier, LSU AgCenter county agent, who is helping Lynne Grady with her crop on her farm 12 miles south of Tallulah on Highway 65.
(Distributed 04/04/08) To help small municipalities and parishes comply with Phase II Urban Stormwater Permit renewal, LSU AgCenter in conjunction with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is conducting one-day workshops at three locations in Louisiana.
(Distributed 04/21/08) Dr. Daniel Stephenson has been hired as the new weed scientist for row crop agriculture at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria. He begins work May 1. He will replace Roy Vidrine, who has retired after 36 years of service.
(Distributed 04/02/08) POLLOCK – Hundreds of permanent, long-time residents of the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4 H Educational Center are being treated to brand new housing, thanks to the efforts of 4 H’ers.
(Distributed 04/30/08) BOSSIER CITY – Bees are the angels of agriculture, said honey producer Bill Walker at the LSU AgCenter Lunch and Ag Discovery held April 22 at the Red River Research Station.
(Distributed 04/01/08) The LSU AgCenter’s Rosepine Research Station will host its annual cattle and forage field day May 1.
(Distributed 04/23/08) Fifteen individuals from Central Louisiana were honored April 17 as inductees to the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame. “Here are the heroes we should be emulating,” said Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, about the honorees, who join 85 others as the first members of the Hall of Fame during 2008 – the centennial year for the 4-H organization in Louisiana.
(Distributed 04/25/08) HAMMOND – Seventeen lifelong 4-H supporters from southeastern Louisiana were inducted into the Louisiana state 4-H Hall of Fame April 20. They are among the first 100 chosen statewide for the honor during the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Louisiana this year.
(Distributed 04/18/08) Twenty-two individuals from 11 parishes in southwestern Louisiana were inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame at a ceremony held here April 15. The ceremony was one of several across the state to recognize 100 former members, volunteers and retired LSU AgCenter employees for their outstanding service to the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H program during its centennial celebration.
(Distributed 04/17/08) Some gardeners shop for plants to fill voids in their gardens. Other gardeners buy plants they “just must have” and then search for spots to put them. Whichever group you fit into, East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners have the plants for you at their annual sale May 10.
(Distributed 04/17/08) The LSU AgCenter has scheduled a variety of model farm field tours this spring and summer for producers who need to complete the second phase of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and learn about specific conservation practices.
(Distributed 04/30/08) The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will hold its second annual Landscape Horticulture Field Day for green industry professionals on May 15.
(Distributed 04/22/08) SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences presented awards and installed officers at their recent annual conference. The LSU AgCenter organization chose for its theme this year, Lights, Camera, Action! Focus on Louisiana Families.
(Distributed 04/08/08) Food safety and food security took center stage as more than 100 industry representatives met for the fourth annual Louisiana Food Processors Conference April 2-3.
(Distributed 04/28/08) The LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station and the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council will sponsor a forage field day May 8.
(Distributed 04/23/08) Using Louisiana sugar mills to produce biofuels and value-added chemicals in addition to sugar can help the state’s sugar industry become a driving force for economic growth in Louisiana and produce alternative fuels to satisfy the state’s demand, LSU AgCenter researchers told the U.S. secretary of energy April 21.
(Distributed 07/11/08) When parents read aloud to their children, everyone wins, according to LSU AgCenter family development professor Dr. Rebecca White.
(Distributed 07/11/08) High heat and humidity during preseason football practice pose a significant danger for heat illnesses and heat stroke. Athletes need adequate fluids for their best performance, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed 07/11/08) The emotional days of watching your young child board the big yellow school bus for the first day of school may be long gone, but now you’re watching your young adult embark on an even bigger adventure – going to college.
(Distributed 07/11/08) The first and most important teachers children have are their parents. It is especially important for parents to read to their baby from birth, according to LSU AgCenter family development professor Dr. Rebecca White.
(Distributed 07/11/08) With the start of school comes the reality of homework. To start the year off right, help students make the most of their study time with a productive study spaces, advises LSU AgCenter 4-H youth development expert Dr. Janet Fox.
(Distributed 07/11/08) If your son or daughter will be a junior or senior in high school this fall, you’ll likely start talking about college. You also may be thinking how expensive college is, since cost is a concern for most families, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Gloria Nye.
(Distributed 07/11/08) While older children are preparing to start school in the fall, younger children are eager to learn new things, too. Shopping for back-to-school items is a good time to start teaching your preschooler about spending and saving money, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Gloria Nye.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Although most parents tell their children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, many kids don't listen. Surveys show that as many as 48 percent of girls and 32 percent of boys do not eat breakfast every day.
(Distributed 07/30/08) Trans fats are in the news. And like saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, they raise low-density lipoprotein – LDL or “bad” – cholesterol levels in our bodies, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease, says Beth Reames, LSU AgCenter nutritionist. “Coronary heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States today,” Reames said.
(Distributed 07/11/08) More than 224,000 young people in Louisiana and 7 million across the country have found a home in 4-H. The new school year offers the opportunity to join the most popular youth group in the nation, according to the LSU AgCenter’s Dr. Mark Tassin, director of the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program.
(Distributed 07/11/08) A bad attitude about school can hinder a child’s future. Parents and caregivers can either help or undermine the importance of doing well, according to LSU AgCenter family life professor Dr. Karen Overstreet.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Many of you already may have talked to your soon-to-be college freshmen about the importance of avoiding drugs, but have you talked to them about the importance of avoiding debt?
(Distributed 07/11/08) Whether you're going back to school as a student or a teacher, be extra careful in packing your take-along lunch if it sits a long time between the time you make it and eat it.
(Distributed 07/11/08) The start of school is not the end of the hurricane season. Another three months remain for the season to end on November 30.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Before the age of school uniforms, my daughter’s middle school girlfriends were wearing a designer brand of jeans. Not wanting to be different, my daughter wanted five pairs of those jeans so she could wear a different pair to school each day.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Most children have not learned enough to be financially independent and successful by the time they enter college. Yet, many teenagers are offered credit cards before they even graduate from high school.
(Distributed 07/25/08) Hot summer weather signals the importance of getting enough fluids to stay hydrated and prevent heat-related illnesses – especially for senior citizens. Older people are at high risk for developing heat-related illness at this time, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Is your child ready for preschool? In Louisiana a child must turn 4 years old by September 30 to be eligible for preschool services. Preschool in Louisiana is not mandatory; it’s an option.
(Distributed 07/11/08) Snacks should be an important part of a child’s daily food intake. Because children are growing and active, they may need to eat more than three times a day, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(For Release On Or After 07/18/08) Many vegetables planted in spring are finishing or already have reached the end of their productive season. Once the harvest is finished, they should be removed from the garden.
(For Release On Or After 07/11/08) Deadheading is an important but often neglected gardening technique. It refers to pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms.
(For Release On Or After 07/04/08) Few sights are more thrilling in the garden than rapidly moving hummingbirds darting among the flowers.
(Distributed 07/29/08) The 2008 Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit will be held Aug. 12-14 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center in Vicksburg, Miss.
(Distributed 07/02/08) Two campuses of the LSU System recently combined their international programs offices to better serve the needs of faculty, students and citizens in an increasingly global society. The LSU AgCenter and the LSU A&M campus in Baton Rouge announced the merger this summer.
(Distributed 07/01/08) The LSU AgCenter has joined forces with Orleans Catholic Charities’ Operation Helping Hand and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program to construct an affordable home uniquely tailored to local needs and risks. The house, dubbed the “Green Dream Home,” is in mid-construction and, until its completion, serves as a teaching tool about best building practices for the New Orleans area.
(Distributed 07/17/08) The addition of lime to neutralize soil acidity may be required on pastures before grazing forage will be able to benefit from fertilizer, according to LSU AgCenter soil scientist J Stevens.
(Distributed 07/01/08) Back by popular demand, the LSU AgCenter will host another set of one-day workshops on how to make your own biodiesel. The choices are July 29, 30 or 31 at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 07/03/08) A new sugarcane variety released earlier this year will be featured at the annual sugarcane field day July 16 at the LSU AgCenter’s Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. Field tours start at 9 a.m.
(Distributed 07/02/08) A “gorilla” of a barnyardgrass and a “tough critter” nematode are two of the problems being tackled by LSU AgCenter researchers as reported at a recent field day at the Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph. Dr. Daniel Stephenson, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, told farmers at the June 24 event that barnyardgrass “is setting up shop” in the neighboring area of the station.
(Distributed 07/25/08) Shreveport teens are getting a taste of gardening in an LSU AgCenter summer activity – and learning a whole host of science and math concepts in the process. Grace Peterson, LSU AgCenter Family Nutrition Program coordinator, conducts classes for participants in a Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) summer program.
(Distributed 07/10/08) The LSU AgCenter’s Iberia Research Station will host a sugarcane field day for St. Mary and Iberia parishes starting at 4:30 p.m. on July 24.
(Distributed 07/25/08) ST. MARTINVILLE – New sugarcane varieties are increasing yields, but diseases pose a constant threat, farmers were told by LSU AgCenter researchers at a recent sugarcane field day here. The July 18 session was held for farmers in St. Martin, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes. Researchers told farmers that developing new varieties is an ongoing effort.
(Distributed 07/02/08) The LSU AgCenter’s annual Northeast Louisiana rice field day will be held July 21 at the Elliot Colvin farm and the Rayville Civic Center.
(Distributed 07/28/08) NEW IBERIA – Sugarcane farmers heard about alternative crops and new cane varieties under development during field days July 24 and 25 in Iberia Parish. On July 24, farmers met at the Iberia Research Station to see test plots of new cane varieties and sweet sorghum.
(Distributed 7/10/08)Results from the second day of competition (July 9) at the 39th annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show have been released.
(Distributed 07/31/08) As rebuilding efforts continue to ramp up in the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter has joined with other agencies to help make the job a little easier.
(Distributed 07/16/08) ST. GABRIEL – Sugarcane growers can reduce the cost of producing their crops by following new fertilizer recommendations, researchers said today (July 16) at a sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Sugar Research Station here.
(Distributed 07/24/08) RAYVILLE – Work continues on development of a Clearfield medium-grain rice variety, but an unexpected challenge has delayed the process, an LSU AgCenter rice breeder said at the Northeast Louisiana Rice Field Day here on July 21.
(Distributed 07/03/08) This year the red in your red, white and blue Fourth of July celebration could be a sweet Louisiana watermelon.