(Distributed 10/31/08) They celebrated and educated at the 2008 State Fair of Louisiana 4-H Fun Day Oct. 29. Featured activities included the 4-H Express, the Ark-La-Tex Ag Council Junior Livestock Sale, the launch of a new children’s Web site, a Platoon Patrol skit for pre-schoolers and a Louisiana 4-H Foundation drawing for $10,000.
(Distributed 10/06/08) Ray Schexnayder farms 1,800 acres of soybeans in Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike left his fields scattered with tree limbs, and some covered with water. “We had 200 acres that flooded. There’s nothing to them, just a little dry stem now.”
(Distributed 10/03/08) The aftereffects of two hurricanes last month are still being felt in north and south Louisiana rice fields.
(Distributed 10/10/08) The LSU AgCenter recently named Dr. Ben Legendre to head its Audubon Sugar Institute in St. Gabriel.
(Distributed 10/09/08) The LSU AgCenter is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its innovative efforts after the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. A team of faculty members and administrators from the LSU AgCenter have been selected to receive the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service’s Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models. The award will be presented Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.
(Distributed 10/08/08) People in Louisiana love their gardens, and it shows in the new 2009 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar from the LSU AgCenter. Inspiring photos of flowers, plants and lawns are just a few of the reasons Louisiana gardeners and calendar lovers alike have made the calendar a perennial favorite.
(Distributed 10/10/09) Carol Lammi-Keefe, professor in the School of Human Ecology, is recruiting pregnant women in the Baton Rouge area to participate in a study evaluating the fat content in breast milk of women with gestational diabetes. To qualify this must be their first pregnancy in the past two years, and the participants must plan to breast feed.
(Distributed 10/09/08) The 12th Louisiana Plant Materials Conference is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.
(Distributed 10/16/08) LSU AgCenter researchers think the salvinia weevil may be what they’ve been looking for as a way to control giant salvinia – an invasive aquatic species in the state.
(Distributed 10/30/08) READHIMER – Zachary Page, a 15-year-old Natchitoches Parish 4-H’er, has won the Triumph Award through Special Olympics Louisiana.
(Distributed 10/13/08) The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is conducting a “scavenger hunt” in a quest to find memorabilia for display in the new Louisiana 4-H Museum in Mansura.
(Distributed 10/8/08) Dozens of agricultural leaders from throughout Louisiana met recently to discuss ways to help make the state’s agricultural industry competitive in the 21st century, organizers said.
(Distributed 10/14/08) A commercial organic vegetable production and marketing workshop will be held Nov. 12 at the at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 10/24/08) To recognize the outstanding contributions made to Louisiana through agriculture, the Louisiana Agri-News Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will honor the 2009 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. Nominations for the award are being accepted now through Dec. 15, 2008.
(Distributed 10/20/08) When the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) said they were prepared with ice for this hurricane season, they meant it. And what was left afterward is benefiting the state’s economy.
(Distributed 10/13/08) Cotton harvest is wrapping up across Louisiana, and the situation is not good, according to industry observers.
(Distributed 10/31/08) Feeding cows for optimum performance is the theme of this year’s field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station near Franklinton, La., on Nov. 12.
(Distributed 10/29/08) A former 4-H’er found out the lessons he learned in his Bossier Parish 4-H club 50 years ago came in handy halfway around the world in helping a war-torn nation. Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Lane Killen, who now resides at Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, used his knowledge of raising sheep and leadership in his job as an agricultural adviser on the Diyala Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq from May 10, 2007, to March 16, 2008.