(Distributed 11/05/10) SHREVEPORT, La. – AgMagic at the State Fair answered a question that has been bugging one Bossier City student for years. “What happens if a bug gets into cotton?” asked Dallas Kaiser, 10, a student at Meadowview Elementary School in Bossier City.
(Distributed 11/18/10) The LSU AgCenter’s 2010 poinsettia open house is set for Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burden Center located at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge.
(Distributed 11/16/10) SHREVEPORT, La. – As 2,000 students toured the LSU AgCenter AgMagic exhibit at the State Fair of Louisiana, another 1,190 from Head Start and elementary schools saw an educational nutrition show.
(Distributed 11/29/10) The LSU AgCenter recently received a grant of $21,350 to support a one-day conference for farmers markets in Louisiana.
(Distributed 11/03/10) The LSU AgCenter has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to study weed management options in commercial sweet potato production.
(Distributed 11/17/10) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Rice Research Board learned Tuesday (Nov. 16) that farmers will have three new varieties of rice, developed by the LSU AgCenter, to consider for planting.
(Distributed 11/24/10) The National Science Foundation has awarded the LSU AgCenter a $600,000 grant to make upgrades in the biotechnology laboratories in Harry D. Wilson Laboratory building on the LSU campus.
(Distributed 11/15/10) The LSU AgCenter has received a grant from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to fund public awareness programs on specialty crops directed at Louisiana residents, particularly children and youth.
(Distributed 11/22/10) The LSU AgCenter is seeking photos for its 2012 Get It Growing Calendar and has issued the call for entries in the contest that selects photos for the annual calendar. Both garden lovers and photography enthusiasts have the opportunity for their work to be chosen for the Get It Growing Calendar by submitting entries in the contest, which closes Jan. 31.
(Distributed 11/11/10) Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of basic dinner items up this year. The 2010 Thanksgiving market basket will average $40.64 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter survey.
(Distributed 11/04/10) TransGenRx, a Baton Rouge biopharmaceutical manufacturing company started through licensing agreements with the LSU AgCenter, has been awarded a $244,479 grant under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project (QTDP) for its project “Engineered Gylcosylated Interferons for the Treatment of Viral Disease, Melanoma and MS.”
(Distributed 11/17/10) Clusters of pecans stayed in trees longer than usual this year in Louisiana. Dry weather throughout summer and into fall kept them in place, according to Randy Sanderlin, coordinator of the LSU AgCenter Pecan Research and Extension Station at Shreveport.
(Distributed 11/24/10) A free Internet marketing tool offered by the LSU AgCenter for Louisiana agriculture-related businesses provides an avenue to increase opportunities to buy and sell locally produced food. John Westra, LSU AgCenter economist, said the MarketMaker website is like a sign that says, "We are open for business."
(Distributed 11/15/10) With harvest 90 percent complete, quality is good and plenty of cured Louisiana sweet potatoes will be available for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and beyond, according to LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith.
(Distributed 11/12/10) If your home was built before 1978, it could have lead-based paint. Any renovation, repair or painting project that disturbs lead paint could result in a health hazard if lead-safe work practices are not used before, during and after the project, according to Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter housing specialist.
(Distributed 11/16/10) SHREVEPORT, La. – Caddo Parish Public Schools, winner of the Louisiana Promising Practices award, went on to win a national Promising Practices Award for recognition in social-emotional and character development.
(Distributed 11/30/10) Scott Angelle, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and former Louisiana lieutenant governor, has received the national Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Friend of Extension Award for his support and promotion of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H youth program.
(Distributed 11/12/10) CADE, La. – Karen Ainsworth of Houma was letting her horse munch on grass as a well-deserved reward for a satisfying day with the first LSU AgCenter Master Horseman trail ride.
(Distributed 11/23/10) Six 4-H’ers represented Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 17-18, 2010, according to Theresia Lavergne, LSU AgCenter poultry specialist and leader of the 4-H poultry project.
(Distributed 11/04/10) A work of love to honor a Jackson Parish 4-H’er killed in an automobile accident was auctioned at the State Fair of Louisiana Junior Livestock Sale in Shreveport on Oct. 27. 4-H’er Tyler Wayne Ledford, 17, of Eros, was killed on July 31 in Marion. He was a senior at Quitman High School.
(Distributed 11/12/10) POLLOCK, La. -- The closing on 10.77 acres of land donated to the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center by RoyOMartin is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m.
(Distributed 11/30/10) MANSURA, La. – The LSU AgCenter 4-H program helped students participate in a statewide robotics competition in New Orleans, and one of the teams received an award for its rookie performance.
(Distributed 11/11/10) START, La. – A panel of farmers practicing agritourism shared their successes at a natural resource enterprises workshop sponsored by the LSU AgCenter on Nov. 9 at Curry Farms near Rayville.
(Distributed 11/17/10) NEW ORLEANS – LSU AgCenter scientists have discovered fusarium wilt of Canary Island date palm trees in the city for the first time. The disease is previously known to occur in Florida, California and Nevada.
(Distributed 11/16/10) FRANKLINTON, La -- Improved forages, improved prices and improved management practices were three of the highlights at the LSU AgCenter diary field day on Nov. 11.
(Distributed 11/02/10) The LSU AgCenter has received a major award from the National Science Foundation to support developing a database and image library at the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum and consolidating data from five additional arthropod collections.
(Distributed 11/30/10) Following several years of hurricanes and freeze damage, the number of citrus growers in Louisiana has continued to decline, but citrus remains a valuable commodity, according to Alan Vaughn, LSU AgCenter agent in Plaquemines Parish.
(Distributed 11/2/10) SHREVEPORT, La. – The first bale of cotton ginned this year in Caddo Parish was sold to a group of bidders for $4,100 on Oct. 28 at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum during a producers luncheon at the State Fair of Louisiana.
(Released 11/15/10) Two international forest products marketing groups recently launched a collaborative, global forest products marketing “current issues” website, according to officials with the two organizations.
(Distributed 11/17/10) Four of 16 students who received Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders awards in Caddo and Bossier parishes were 4-H members.