WEST MONROE, La. – Participants interested in gardening travelled from at least three states to attend the Sixth Annual Spring Ag Expo Gardening Seminar in West Monroe.
(01/29/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture are working with a Chinese university to set up a collaborative undergraduate degree program in agricultural economics and to expand exchange programs.
News Release Distributed 01/27/16 WEST MONROE, La. – With forestry being the largest agricultural crop in the state, keeping landowners, loggers and others aware of the market conditions was the goal of the forestry forum held at the West Monroe Convention Center.
(01/27/16) HAMMOND, La. – Because rose growers and enthusiasts surveyed in Louisiana and Mississippi have been impressed with the great landscape performance of Cinco de Mayo, the Gulf District of the American Rose Society has named the variety as the 2016 Gulf District Rose of the Year.
(01/26/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will present a series of workshops on producing commercial vegetables and cut flowers using high tunnels, or hoop houses, in several Louisiana locations in February and on March 1.
(01/26/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The presence of a top predator of other invertebrates in Louisiana’s coastal marshes may shed light on how the marshes are recovering from the effects of the BP oil spill in April 2010.
(01/25/16) OPELOUSAS, La. – Low grain prices are not expected to increase soon because of excess supply and lower demand, according to an LSU AgCenter economist who spoke with farmers at a wheat and feed grain meeting on Jan. 21.
(01/25/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers in the LSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising are using body scanning technology to study how body shapes change during weight loss.
News Release Distributed 01/22/16BATON ROUGE, La. – Guillermo Scaglia, a beef cattle researcher at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station in Jeanerette, and Stan Dutile, an LSU AgCenter extension agent in Lafayette Parish, each received the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council.
News Release Distributed 01/22/16 WEST MONROE, La. – The Best of Agriculture: Producing food and fiber…safely, efficiently and abundantly was the theme of this year’s Ag Expo held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center on Jan. 15-16.
News Release Distributed 01/21/16GONZALES, La. – Ralph Sellers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM has signed on as corporate sponsor for the 2016 LSU AgCenter Livestock Show with a contribution of $25,000.
News Release Distributed 01/20/16BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a seasonal children’s garden activity at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on Feb. 20.
News Release Distributed 01/19/16BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will conduct a volunteer orientation on Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ione Burden Conference Center in the gardens.
News Release Distributed 01/19/16 BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
News Release Distributed 01/15/16By Allen Owings LSU AgCenter horticulturist HAMMOND, La. – Loquat, frequently called Japanese plum, is an attractive small tree or shrub that is frequently planted in landscapes as an ornamental in Louisiana.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lawrence Datnoff has been named to receive the 2016 Alumni Award from the Virginia Tech University Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology
News Release Distributed 01/13/16 LAFAYETTE, La. – The newest graduates of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program were honored Jan. 12 during the annual conventi
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will present the sixth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition on March 13-20.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Two Louisiana 4-H’ers were recognized for their winning submissions in a grazing management essay contest sponsored by the Louisiana Forage a
OAK GROVE, La. – Although the 2015 sweet potato season was marked by difficult weather conditions– Louisiana growers still ended up with a good crop.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Tiger Stadium is usually packed for Saturday night football games. But on Jan. 7, the club level of the stadium was filled with turfgrass pro
News Release Distributed 01/12/16BATON ROUGE, La. – Hundreds of youth from across Louisiana will be gathering in Gonzales next month for the 81st annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. LSU AgCenter officials say they expect more than 2,500 4-H and FFA exhibitors to bring about 1,600 breeding animals, 1,500 market animals, 180 pens of broilers and 600 exhibition birds to the competition on Feb. 13-20. By the time those 4-H and FFA members reach the state show, they already will have competed in parish and district competitions across Louisiana during the first few weeks of 2015. All will arrive in Gonzales aiming to be state champions – or at least to earn rewards for their hard work and dedication. Judges at the show determine the winners in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep. Outside funding for the show includes a grant from the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Foundation, which promotes the culture of agriculture among young people in St. Bernard Parish and across Louisiana. The Meraux Foundation donation qualified for and received an additional $60,000 in matching funds from the Board of Regents Support fund. The Meraux Foundation Supreme Champion Livestock Awards endowment established in 2015 provides awards to the contestants who win Supreme Champion Breeding Animal for each of the six breeding species – beef cattle, dairy, poultry, sheep, goats and swine. This year, PotashCorp has established an endowment to fund awards for the senior showmanship winners for each of the six species. Showmanship is synonymous with sportsmanship and occurs when opponents, show team members, officials and anyone else are treated with respect by the exhibitor. PotashCorp is the world’s largest fertilizer company by capacity, producing potash, nitrogen and phosphate. Six exhibitors will earn Premier Exhibitor awards, which place emphasis and recognition on exhibitors’ knowledge and skills in the 4-H and FFA livestock projects. Supported by an endowment from Gerry Lane Enterprises in Baton Rouge, the program is open to participants exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry and goats. The program tests all facets of youths’ proficiency in their livestock projects through an interview, a resume, a test, a skill-a-thon and showing ability. One exhibitor will receive the Price LeBlanc Champion Livestock Award, which is presented to one grand champion market animal each year from among five species – steers, swine, sheep, chickens and goats. The award is funded by an endowment from Price LeBlanc, a Baton Rouge automobile dealership. The livestock show also includes a quality assurance and ethics certification program that educates youth on proper and ethical use of animal health products, ensuring a high-quality, wholesome product. While the annual event may be called a livestock show, it’s more about the young people than their animals, said LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson. “This event provides an opportunity for some of the most outstanding youth in the state to receive recognition for their hard work in learning not only the scientific principles that must be mastered but also the responsibility required to raise this wide array of animals,” Richardson said. “This show also is about the dedication of the many parents, teachers, volunteer leaders, 4-H agents and FFA advisers who have worked with the young people to help them grow as people and responsible citizens.” As a result of what they learn, generations of young people who have participated in LSU AgCenter livestock projects go on to become leaders – whether in the livestock industry or a variety of other fields ranging from medicine to government, Richardson said. Youth participating in livestock projects gain knowledge of animal husbandry – including selection, genetics, nutrition, health, showing, economics and marketing of livestock, said livestock show manager Dwayne Nunez. “But they also develop skills such as communication, leadership and cooperation,” he said. Competition in various phases of the show will begin almost as soon as the first animals are checked in on Saturday, Feb. 13, and will continue daily through Feb. 20. A concluding awards ceremony on Feb. 20 will recognize champion market animal exhibitors, champion showmanship winners and Premier Exhibitors as well as recipients of the annual Superintendent of Education Award, Attorney General Award and Governor Awards. More information on the show and the variety of research and educational activities offered by the LSU AgCenter is available online at www.lsuagcenter.com and through LSU AgCenter parish extension offices.
News Release Distributed 01/11/16OPELOUSAS, La. – A meeting will be held by the LSU AgCenter for wheat and feed grain producers on Jan. 21 at the Yambilee building. The session starts with registration at 7:30 a.m. LSU AgCenter experts will make presentations on wheat production practices, economic outlook for soybeans and feed grains, corn and grain sorghum hybrid selection and production practices, disease management, soybean variety selection and management practices, weed control, insect pest management, and using drones to scout fields. Private pesticide applicator recertification will be available. The Yambilee building is located at 1939 West Landry St., Opelousas, 70570.
News Release Distributed 01/11/16BREAUX BRIDGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a meeting for rice and soybean farmers on Feb. 25 at the St. Martin Parish Extension Office. The session will begin at 5 p.m. and topics will include new rice varieties, rice and soybean weed control, fertility, soybean disease and insect control, and soybean agronomics. The extension office is located at 114 Courthouse St., Breaux Bridge, 70517. Additional meetings for rice farming will be held by the LSU AgCenter on Jan. 19 in Mansura, and Feb. 2 in Rayville.
News Release Distributed 01/11/16BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator will host four seminars in February and March to help educate food entrepreneurs and other industry professionals about business strategies and regulations. The series will begin on Feb. 26 with a course on marketing food products to reach a wider audience. At the March 4 seminar, presentations will focus on pricing products. The seminar on March 11 will help attendees understand requirements for creating food labels, including nutrition facts and ingredients lists. Experts from the state Department of Health and Hospitals will be on hand to answer questions. The final seminar will be on March 18 and will cover basic food processing topics, such as good record keeping practices and the importance of sensory testing and customer feedback. All four classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in 212 Efferson Hall on LSU’s campus. Each seminar has a $75 registration fee. To sign up, go to store.lsuagcenter.com/events or contact Ashley Gutierrez at AGutierrez@agcenter.lsu.edu.