Sustainable Landscape News From LaHouse Distributed 08/28/09 By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Allen Owings and John Young One of the LSU AgCenter’s many educational efforts is the Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods program for gardening and landscape enthusiasts. LYN – through its literature and demonstrations – tells how to maintain sustainable landscapes and follow best management practices in home horticulture. LYN centers on seven landscape principles: putting the right plant in the right place; watering efficiently; maximizing mulch and recycling yard waste; fertilizing efficiently; managing yard pests; protecting surface water and wetlands; and providing beneficial wildlife habitats. The “right plant, right place” slogan is frequently heard in horticultural circles these days. This principle simply advocates matching the plant to the planting location. Consider sun exposure at the planting site and the sun/shade recommendation of the plant being put there. Also, consider soil drainage and soil pH, and give serious attention to mature plant height and mature plant spread. Many times shrubs and trees are planted too close together and become overgrown in a short time. Watering efficiently requires knowing the irrigation needs of the plants in the landscape. What is the required irrigation for different lawn grasses? Centipede grass, for example, is less drought-tolerant than others. You need to water it deeply and infrequently instead of shallowly and frequently. Mulching is one of the best things we can do to suppress weed growth and replenish landscape beds with new organic material. Add mulch to bedding plants at a depth of 1 inch, to shrubs at a depth of 2 inches and to trees at a depth of 3-4 inches. Go “out with mulch,” not “up with mulch”; that is, don’t make a pyramid of mulch at the base of the tree. The best mulch is pine straw. Fertilizing efficiently mirrors the watering-efficiently concept. Know the nutrient and fertility demands of the plants in your landscape. Use a slow-release fertilizer instead of a quick-release and water-soluble type. Know your native soil fertility. Your soil may contain enough nutrients so you don’t have to fertilize as much. Apply fertilizer at the time of the year when plants can maximize the fertilizer’s benefits. Managing yard pests can be tricky. The important concept to remember is that there are more beneficial insects than damaging ones. You have to learn which is which. Insect problems in Louisiana include azalea lace bugs, scales, white flies, aphids and thrips, among others. Scout your landscaping plantings once a week to check for insect problems. Protecting surface water and waterways means understanding how urban stormwater contributes to pollution. The problem is a residential as well as an industrial issue. Be careful when applying fertilizers and pesticides. Do not allow these products to move into water bodies. Also, when mowing grass, do not blow leaves, grass clippings and debris out into the street. Proper landscaping and lawn maintenance can help reduce these pollution problems. We can do much in a landscape to provide habitats for beneficial wildlife. Native plants frequently can be used to attract wildlife. If you want to attract hummingbirds or butterflies, for example, select plants that draw them. Come to LaHouse in Baton Rouge to see sustainable landscape practices in action. The home and landscape resource center is located near the intersection of Burbank Drive and Nicholson Drive (Louisiana Highway 30) in Baton Rouge across the street from the LSU baseball stadium. Go online to Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods for additional information.
BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 200 people learned how to update their homes and make them safer during hurricane season at the Hurricanes, Homes and Yards event at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse on June 13. LaHouse is an educational and demonstration center built as a residential home near the Alex Box Baseball Stadium on the LSU campus.
(Distributed 06/03/09) The Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences presented its highest award along with others at its annual conference in Lafayette May 6. New officers also were chosen.
(Audio 05/11/09) The permanent lawn grasses we use in Louisiana are all warm-season grasses. They grow and thrive in the summer heat. If you are planting a lawn, consider solid sodding. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/11/09) For the most part, Louisiana gardeners should plant trees during our cooler winter season. But there is at least one exception. Palm trees do best when planted during the hot summer months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/04/09) Many people believe that green bell peppers and red bell peppers come from different plants, but they are the same. If you leave your green bell peppers on the plant longer, they will turn red. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/04/09) Many houseplants are tropical plants that don't tolerate cold weather very well, but when May comes around, these plants will flourish outdoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/11/09) When establishing a lawn from sod, it is important to properly take care of the sod. Watering is critical to help the grass develop strong roots. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 05/29/09) Winters have been relatively mild in Louisiana over the past few years, and I see lots of palms being planted around the state. They add a wonderful tropical look to the landscape.
(For Release On Or After 05/08/09) Most years I get a few questions asking why purple martins failed to take up residence in a birdhouse provided for them.
(Audio 05/18/09) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of warm-season plants to provide color to our summer landscapes. Gardeners should prepare beds properly before putting in new plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/25/09) Cooked greens are a traditional part of Louisiana cuisine. But many of these greens will not grow during our summer months. Swiss chard will grow into June, however, and a few of the best summer greens are Malabar spinach and New Zealand spinach. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/04/09) Among spring’s trademarks are the vivid and varied shades of green you’ll see in many landscapes. On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some plants that keep their dynamic, springtime greens well into the summer. (Runtime: 1 minute, 50 seconds)
(Audio 05/04/09) Most vegetables perform better when planted during the milder parts of the year. But some heat-tolerant vegetables will do fine growing throughout the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/18/09) Louisiana gardeners can use a number of annual flowering vines. A great one to grow is the hyacinth bean. It produces wonderful lavender flowers in the summer and through the fall. It also has attractive foliage and seed pods. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/25/09) If you grow roses in Louisiana, you are familiar with the disease black spot. It attacks the foliage of the plants. Since some of the roses we grow are susceptible to the disease, regular control measures are needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/11/09) Tomatoes are a popular home vegetable, but they do have their share of problems. A common disease on tomatoes is buckeye rot. It hits the mature fruit on the bottom of the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/04/09) Use caladiums if you want reliable plants that have unmatched growth in shaded areas of your landscape. Their colorful foliage can brighten up darker spots in your yard. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/18/09) Blackberry plants are productive in May. After you harvest berries, you have to be careful when pruning -- and not just because of the thorns on the plant. Don't cut back the canes that didn't produce any fruit. Those will produce fruit next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/25/09) Louisiana gardeners are lucky to be able to grow crape myrtles, but aphids can be a nuisance on these small trees. To control the pests, treat the trees with insecticides in late May or early June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/18/09) The baldcypress tree is readily identified with swamps, but it’s also a species that has become popular as a landscape tree. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why a cypress is a good tree to plant. (Runtime: 1 minute, 31 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 05/22/09) Grown and used in cuisines around the world, basil also is indispensable to Louisiana cooks. Besides having extraordinary taste, basil is really attractive and easy to grow.
(For Release On Or After 05/15/09) You may sometimes read or hear information about planting certain plants around other types of plants to prevent insect problems. This is commonly called companion planting. Generally, research does not substantiate the claims of companion planting.
(Audio 5/18/09) Newly planted trees will need watering to help them survive their first summer in the ground. A great way to water a tree is with a 5-gallon bucket with holes at the bottom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 05/01/09) Many gardeners suffer from pollen allergies and are prone to sneezing, runny noses, watering eyes and sinus pressure headaches while working outside when pollen counts are high.
(Video 05/25/09) If you’re having insect problems on your plants, you may want to consider an alternative to insecticides. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how predatory insects like ladybugs can kill pests just as effectively. (Runtime: 1 minute, 44 seconds)
(Audio 05/25/09) Growing plants in containers makes plants portable and gives you the opportunity to enjoy them where they couldn't be grown otherwise. The containers can become dirty over time, and gardeners will need to clean them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/04/09) As summer heat begins to arrive in May, some of your herbs may begin to languish. To get the most from your plants, harvest these herbs and dry them for later use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/11/09) Hydrangeas and gardenias are popular flowering shrubs in Louisiana landscapes. Their flowers bloom this time of the year. You can prune these shrubs after they finish blooming. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Distributed 05/19/09) BOSSIER CITY, La. – The stormwater that runs off lawns, streets and driveways contains dirt, motor oil, fertilizers and pesticides that will eventually end up in the nation’s waterways, an LSU AgCenter environmental scientist said at the Lunch and Ag Discovery program May 14 at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.
(Distributed 05/18/09) FENTON, La. – The LSU AgCenter announced its 2009 Southwest Rice Tour will be held May 26.
(Distributed 05/26/09) For the past five years, the LSU AgCenter has hosted the annual statewide Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. But because the status of this facility has been unknown, the location for 2010 show, to which nearly 3,000 4-H and FFA members bring their award-winning animals to compete for the best-of-the-best, has been up in the air.
(Distributed 05/26/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station will hold a field day June 18 at the station in Bossier City.
(Distributed 05/07/09) BATON ROUGE, La. – Due to demand, the LSU AgCenter is hosting a second two-day advanced workshop on how to make your own biodiesel fuel from used vegetable oil on June 2-3 at the Callegari Environmental Center. “Like the one in April, this is an advanced workshop and different from the workshops we offered in 2008,” said Bill Carney, LSU AgCenter environmental educator.
The LSU AgCenter’s Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Unit, together with Calcasieu and Cameron parish officials, will present a free Community Rebuilding and Flood Protection Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at Grand Lake School.
(Distributed 05/13/09) LSU AgCenter Assistant Vice Chancellor David Morrison recently received the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Excellence in Leadership Award.
(Distributed 05/05/09) SHREVEPORT, La. – The LSU AgCenter can help people with managing their ponds, Dr. Greg Lutz, an AgCenter aquaculture specialists, said April 27 at the AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.
(Distributed 05/18/09) The LSU AgCenter will open its Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center June 13 for a daylong series of educational programs designed to help you and your family prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Dubbed “Hurricanes, Homes and Yards,” the program will be conducted from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Louisiana House on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 05/19/09) The LSU AgCenter’s annual Northeast Research Station field day will be held June 17 at the station in St. Joseph.
(Distributed 05/15/09) A Management Intensive Grazing Workshop will be held at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on May 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The workshop will include visits to two farms where management intensive grazing is practiced, according to Emily Neustrom, assistant with Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) at the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 05/18/09) With what some are calling “swine flu” being a major topic of conversation in many circles and in the news, it’s a good idea to reassure your children you’re going to keep them as safe as possible. Officially known as H1N1, this flu outbreak has captured attention across the country and could result in children being fearful about it, LSU AgCenter family life and child development specialists say.
(Distributed 05/01/09) May is high blood pressure awareness month. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says high blood pressure or hypertension is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms.
(Distributed 05/11/09) HOMER, La. – About 200 fifth- and sixth-graders from six Claiborne Parish schools learned about water conservation and water quality at Lake Claiborne State Park east of Homer May 7-8.
(Distributed 05/28/09) Food is a necessity for life, and as a result, a three-day emergency food supply is something you hear a lot about when hurricane season approaches. But just what is a three-day emergency food supply? LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety specialist Dr. Beth Reames says it involves more than just the food.
(Distributed 05/14/09) Older adults and those who care for them should take precautions to guard against the flu, says LSU AgCenter family life specialist Dr. Diane Sasser. Reasonable precautions will not only help to prevent the spread of the flu but may also save lives in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, she stresses.
(Distributed 05/20/09) MAMOU, La. – Two new long-grain rice varieties could be released by the LSU AgCenter this year if they continue to show solid results, according to Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder.
(Distributed 05/01/09) Mother’s Day launches the 10th annual National Women's Health Week to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.
(Distributed 05/11/09) POLLOCK, La. – Twenty children and their military families participated in an overnight camp at the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center April 25-26 as part of an Operation: Military Kids program.
(Distributed 05/01/09) The All-America Rose Selections garden at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge recently was recognized with an "Outstanding Rose Garden Maintenance Award" for 2009, according to AgCenter officials.
(Distributed 05/28/09) FENTON, La. – Rice growers heard advice from a range of LSU AgCenter experts Tuesday (May 26) during the southwest rice field day.
(Distributed 05/14/09) Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, and Marybeth Lima, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, received the 2009 top awards from the LSU Kiwanis Club.
(Distributed 05/21/09) Every year, new shrub varieties are introduced for landscape use. At the same time, some varieties debuted in prior years are new in that they’re just catching on.
(Distributed 05/12/09) MAMOU, La. – Rice farmers can get the latest information on new varieties and agronomic practices at the Evangeline Parish Rice Field Day being held May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The LSU AgCenter-sponsored event will be held at the farm of Kody and Larry Bieber, one mile west of La. Highway 13 on Bieber Road.
(Distributed 05/26/09) During a hurricane, you need some supplies just to survive. But many of those supplies are hard to find if you wait until a storm is approaching. So it’s better to make sure you’ve got some of the essentials now, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 05/29/09) Eating only 1 teaspoon of salt a day is a challenge for many Americans. This is the amount recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
(Distributed 05/20/09) A Louisiana 4-H Centennial scavenger hunt has been a success at finding memorabilia and artifacts to be used in the new Louisiana 4-H Museum, according to museum officials.
(Distributed 05/27/09) The LSU AgCenter will offer a course on “Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners” June 2-3 at its Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center.
(Distributed 05/25/09) Are you ready for a hurricane? LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel offers a 20-question quiz to help you determine just how prepared you are.
(Distributed 05/11/09) CAMERON, La. – Newly built-to-code houses that have already survived one hurricane will be featured in this year’s Cameron Parish Tour of Hurricane-resistant Homes.
(Distributed 05/27/09) Having an “evacuation box” packed and ready to go with important papers and other items can prevent financial disasters and hardships if a serious storm comes your way, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says there often isn’t time to gather up such items when you’re rushing to evacuate, so she recommends packing them up now and refreshing them as needed.
(Distributed 05/21/09) Do-it-yourself homebuilders in Louisiana have recently encountered problems with local parish building inspectors when attempting to get their structures approved if the house was built with lumber missing a grade stamp.
(Distributed 05/25/09) KENNER, La. – Although he may be known to the culinary world as a leading New Orleans chef, John Besh also is a leading proponent of serving locally grown foods in his four restaurants. “Our restaurants spend $8 million to $9 million a year on groceries,” Besh told participants at the Louisiana Master Gardeners’ state conference here May 21.
(Distributed 05/11/09) BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter will conduct a short course for landscape management professionals June 16-17 in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 05/05/09) The LSU AgCenter will host the third Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium July 16-17, 2009, at the Lod Cook Conference Center and Hotel on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 05/30/09) LSU AgCenter 4-H will seek for the first time this year a school in Louisiana with outstanding character education practices to submit for national recognition through the Character Education Partnership, a youth advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
(Distributed 05/01/09) Rice farmers are welcoming warmer, drier weather to help their young crop, but they would like to see relief from the wind, too.
(Distributed 05/07/09) CLINTON, La. – White-tailed deer were the focus of a wildlife field day May 2 at the LSU AgCenter’s Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station.
(Distributed 05/15/09) Joe and Diane Beatty of Heflin, La., recently donated $25,000 to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to create an endowed scholarship for 4-H’ers from Webster and Bienville parishes.
(Distributed 05/25/09) The LSU AgCenter Pecan Research-Extension Station in Shreveport will not be affected by the alignment of Interstate 69 in southern Caddo Parish after all, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).
(Distributed 05/26/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for industry professionals on June 25.
(Distributed 05/18/09) A workshop for economic development professionals, elected officials and community leaders will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 at the LSU AgCenter’s Scott Research and Extension Center in Winnsboro.
(Distributed 03/30/09) Mulching should be part of garden maintenance at least twice a year, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings. Pine straw is an excellent choice among mulch products currently available on the market, the horticulturist says.
(Distributed 03/30/09) Keeping up with the latest vegetable varieties is about like keeping up with the latest pop hit, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. University research takes time and money, so variety testing is not always on top of the products that the seed companies are promoting.
(Distributed 3/30/09) Cannas have enjoyed a rebirth of popularity because of the introduction of new varieties, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings.
(Distributed 03/16/09) Azaleas are Louisiana’s most popular shrub. Fall is the best time to plant the flowering shrub, followed by winter, spring and summer. The vast majority of azaleas, however, are planted in spring.
(Distributed 03/30/09) Many home gardeners are aware that a soil test is a good practice to determine the soil’s nutrient status, pH and other characteristics. Most of us, however, do not know the proper procedures for taking soil samples, which can make the test results inconclusive.
(Distributed 03/06/09) Early March is the time to begin preparations for adding warm-season annuals to your home landscape. Annual plants are usually simply referred to as “bedding plants” or “color.”
(Distributed 03/02/09) Ground covers are low-growing plants other than turfgrasses. Typically, they are perennial, evergreen plants with sprawling or spreading habits. They generally are 1 foot or shorter, but taller plants are used occasionally. Ground covers are considered attractive, low-maintenance landscape options.
(Distributed 03/20/09) The major grass produced on Louisiana sod farms and most widely planted in residential lawns is centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides). It thrives with less care and usually requires less mowing than many other grasses.
(Distributed 03/30/09) Athens Select is a plant evaluation program that measures a variety’s heat and humidity tolerance. Founded in 1999 at the University of Georgia, the program includes trials at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge and the Hammond Research Station in Hammond.
(Distributed 03/06/09) Even though most people agree that healthy eating is important, doing so may seem almost impossible when money is tight and time is short, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed 03/30/09) As lawns begin turning green in spring, the temptation is to add fertilizer to enhance the re-growth. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske warns against giving in to this temptation.
(Distributed 03/30/09) A dot-sized insect called the pecan phylloxera may infest pecan trees beginning in mid-March. Severe infestations of phylloxeras can cause loss of the pecan crop for the current year and also for the following year, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. John Pyzner.
(Distributed 03/30/09) Planting a spring lawn should start no sooner than it would be safe to set out your tomato transplants, that is, when soil temperatures reach the mid-60s and higher.
(TV News 03/16/09) Our society is always plugged in, and a price for being plugged in is wasted energy. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks at some ways we can cut energy consumption and reduce the size of our carbon footprints. (Runtime: 1 minute, 48 seconds)
(Radio News 03/30/09) Louisiana rice acreage likely will see a slight shift in varieties being grown this season. Australia is a major producer of medium-grain rice, but several years of drought has reduced the amount of rice that country is growing. California also has reduced its medium-grain acreage, according to LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk, who says those circumstances present opportunities for Louisiana farmers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/16/09) The economic stimulus package brings changes to the 2008 farm bill’s disaster assistance program. Under the supplemental revenue assistance or SURE program, agricultural producers would have a revenue guaranty for their commodities based on level of crop insurance. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/09/09) The LSU AgCenter piloted a 12-hour leadership training course in Tensas Parish. Lead Louisiana attracted elected officials, community volunteers and emerging community leaders. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 03/30/09) Louisiana’s poultry industry suffered a blow when Pilgrim’s Pride announced plans to close it’s northeast Louisiana processing facility. The state is working on a deal to ensure the facility continues operating. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard talked with a grower who is raising his last flock of birds for Pilgrim’s Pride. (Runtime: 1 minute, 16 seconds)
(Radio News 03/30/09) The water that surged into Vermilion Parish during Hurricane Ike has long since retreated, but that water left the soil it flowed over contaminated with salt. LSU AgCenter county agent Stuart Gauthier has been sampling sites around the parish. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/02/09) Need help preparing your tax return? Many resources are available to taxpayers. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says the IRS is a good place to start. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/23/09) New varieties can revolutionize a crop’s industry. Beauregard is the leading variety of sweet potatoes in Louisiana. After the variety became available in the late 1980s, the state’s sweet potato industry grew, says LSU AgCenter sweet potato researcher Chris Clark. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/02/09) In the last minute rush to get tax returns completed, taxpayers often make mistakes. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker warns about mistakes to avoid. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/30/09) Tod Hibbard figures he has grown nearly 10 million chickens in the 16 years he has been a poultry producer. Hibbard has eight chicken houses on rolling land in Jackson Parish. He said business was good initially but has had ups and downs over the years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/30/09) The poultry industry is vital to north Louisiana’s economy, but nearly 200 poultry producers in the area may find themselves with empty chicken houses for a while. Pilgrim’s Pride plans to stop operating its poultry processing facility in Farmerville in May, and the plant could see some down time as it transitions to new owners. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/16/09) The economic stimulus package includes several provisions for farmers and rural America. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/16/09) Congress recently passed an economic stimulus package that includes a $50 million aquaculture block grant. The money is to assist aquaculture producers with the high cost of feed in 2008. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry says while Louisiana has an important aquaculture industry, it is unclear whether crawfish will receive much money from this grant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/23/09) Have you considered where your food comes from? Not just from farmers and farms -- but where those farms are located and how the food got to you? Emily Neustrom works with the LSU AgCenter’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and talks about the importance of buying local. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 03/09/09 LSU AgCenter's Delta Rural Development Center in Oak Grove, La., is working to change conditions in northeast Louisiana. Louisiana Delta Initiative joins the development center with other organizations hoping to improve the economic conditions of the Delta region. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Distributed 01/26/09) People who feel a sense of control over life’s events are often happier, cope better and are more resilient in times of stress than others, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker. One of the best ways to take charge of your finances in today’s uncertain economy is to set a savings goal, Tucker says.