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Linda Benedict  |  11/24/2009 3:51:23 AM

MarketMaker will boost Louisiana agriculture, seafood industry
Louisiana’s agriculture and seafood industries will have a new marketing tool in early 2010 when MarketMaker, a national Internet-driven service, is inaugurated in the state. "Louisiana MarketMaker will serve as a central clearinghouse for any agricultural commodity in the state, including seafood products and specialty crops," said Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Read more.

LSU AgCenter gets $518,000 for blueberry Web site
The LSU AgCenter, along with a Mississippi agriculture agency and three other southern universities, has been awarded a $518,000 grant to develop an interactive, educational Web site about blueberries. The site’s purpose will be to teach people in the southeastern United States how to grow this commodity, which is increasingly popular, and to encourage consumers to eat more blueberries, which are a valuable source of many nutrients and fiber. Read more.

West Carroll students use technology to improve safety
Three West Carroll Parish high school students learned enough sophisticated computer technology that they were able to create digital fire district maps, which will be used to improve local services in the parish. Read more.

10 schools get started with Louisiana 4-H Seeds for Service
Students at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans along with 10 other schools around the state really know what it means to get down and dirty, thanks to a $25,000 grant secured by the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development office. Read more.

Valverde’s photo selected for virology journal
The Journal of General Virology, a prestigious international journal of virus research published by the Society for General Microbiology in the United Kingdom, has selected a photo from Rodrigo Valverde, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, for its October 2009 cover. Read more.

TGRx gets first $30 million contract
TransGenRx (TGRx) – a biotechnology company started by licensing technology from the LSU AgCenter – has landed its first contract worth $30 million. TGRx will produce human growth hormones for an Argentinean pharmaceutical company, called Cassara, over the next 12 to 18 months. Cassara will distribute the hormone in medicines primarily in Central and South America. Read more.
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