(Distributed 12/16/11) WELSH, La. – Entomologists continue to monitor the eastward progress of the Mexican rice borer.
(Distributed 12/13/11) The LSU AgCenter hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for a new Animal and Food Sciences Laboratory Building on the Baton Rouge campus. The new two-story, 48,000-square-foot building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the AgCenter’s School of Animal Sciences and Departments of Veterinary Science and Food Science.
(Distributed 12/15/11) Gary Hay has been named the new director of the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2012. He had been serving as interim director since May 1, 2009, when he replaced Paul Humes, who retired on April 30, 2009 after 41 years with the AgCenter.
(Distributed 12/06/11) Research management during an economic slowdown will be featured at the 2012 Ag Expo Forestry Forum presented by the LSU AgCenter from 1 to 5 p.m., Jan. 20 at the West Monroe Convention Center.
(Distributed 12/09/11) B. Rogers Leonard, an award-winning entomologist, has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research in the LSU AgCenter effective Jan. 1, 2012. He will also have the title of associate director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
(Distributed 12/09/11) ROBERT, La. – Students from two Tangipahoa Parish elementary schools got out of the classroom for a wetlands education at the Shell Robert Training Facility on Dec. 6.
(Distributed 12/15/11) Whether you’re Christmas shopping for organic foods or you have fall vegetables to sell, the LSU AgCenter’s MarketMaker website is the place for you.
(Distributed 12/13/11) In years past, December was not the month to say a lot about strawberries in Louisiana, but with growers planting newer varieties that produce earlier, it’s becoming the norm.
(Distributed 12/06/11) For some in the Baton Rouge area, the Christmas season officially began at the LSU AgCenter Poinsettia Open House at the Burden Research Center.
(Distributed 12/20/11) A series of clinics in January sponsored by the LSU AgCenter for rice farmers will provide information on disease, weed and insect control, fertilization, a rice market outlook and new varieties.
(Distributed 12/15/11) AUSTIN, Texas – LSU AgCenter entomologist Natalie Hummel was accepted for the USA Rice Leadership Program. Nobel Guedon of Natchez, Miss., who farms in Louisiana, also was accepted into the program.
(Distributed 12/16/11) The third annual Arbor Day at Burden Center has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day in Baton Rouge. Visitors will be invited to plant a tree in the Burden woods and participate in a 5-K Fun Hike through the Trees and Trails system.
(Distributed 12/02/11) After the investments in land and equipment, tow of the largest costs have each year are in fertilizer and seed. That's where Rick Mascagni's research benefits Louisiana corn growers.
(Distributed 12/20/11) RAYVILLE, La. – A forum to discuss issues facing farmers will be held Jan. 24 at the Rayville Civic Center.
(Distributed 12/15/11) AUSTIN, Texas – The LSU AgCenter announced the release of two new rice varieties on Dec. 8 during the USA Rice Federation Outlook Conference.
(Distributed 12/01/11) Eighteen winners of this year’s Louisiana 4-H Educational Awards Trip were honored at an awards luncheon at the LSU Faculty Club on Nov. 22.
(Distributed 12/14/11) WEST MONROE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host an exhibit called Ag Alley to help people learn about agriculture as part of the 30th annual Ag Expo at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center on Jan. 20-21 and two days before, Jan. 18-19, for first- and fourth-grade students in the area.
(Distributed 12/02/2011) The LSU AgCenter is looking for photos for its 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar and is inviting the public to participate. Although 2012 has yet to arrive, it’s already time to begin production of the 2013 edition of the popular gardening calendar. The first step in that process is asking professional and amateur photographers from across Louisiana to submit photographs for consideration, and the deadline for submission of entries is Jan. 31, 2012.
(Distributed 12/21/11) In a year marked by drought and floods, Louisiana farmers still managed to have a good year in 2011. Dry weather allowed for easy and efficient harvests of most crops, and overall yields were respectable despite challenges.
(Distributed 12/12/11) FRANKLINTON, La. – Participants at the LSU AgCenter Southeast Research Station Field Day on Dec. 8 heard about the latest studies on pasture-based dairying being conducted at the facility.
(Distributed 12/01/11) With nearly 35 million Christmas trees sold in the United States every year, there still may be room for a few more growers, according to LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Don Reed.