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Dates, times and locations of Master Farmer training opportunities in north and central Louisiana.
Calcasieu Parish Master Farmer Participants
West Baton Rouge Parish Master Farmer Participants
Vermilion Parish Master Farmer Participants
Iberia Parish Master Farmer Participants
Evangeline Parish Master Farmer Participants
Lafayette Parish Master Farmer Participants
St. Mary Parish Master Farmer Participants
St. Martin Parish Master Farmer Participants
St. Landry Parish Master Farmer Participants
Beauregard Parish Master Farmer Participants
Jefferson Davis Parish Master Farmer Participants
Natchitoches Parish Master Farmer Participants
Caddo Parish Master Farmer Participants
Tensas Parish Master Farmer Participants
Acadia Parish Master Farmer Participants
Webster Parish Master Farmer Participants
Morehouse Parish Master Farmer Participants
West Carroll Parish Master Farmer Participants
Bossier Parish Master Farmer Participants
Claiborne Parish Master Farmer Participants
Rapides Parish Master Farmer Participants
Madison Parish Master Farmer Participants
Allen Parish Master Farmer Participants
Concordia Parish Master Farmer Participants
Franklin Parish Master Farmer Participants
East Carroll Parish Master Farmer Participants
Ouachita Parish Master Farmer participants
This article provides a listing of farms which have been certified as "agritourism operations" in accordance with R.S. 9:2795.4
Lincoln Parish Master Farmer Participants
Red River Parish Master Farmer Participants
Bienville Parish Master Farmer Participants
Tangipahoa Parish Master Farmer Participants
East Feliciana Parish Master Farmer Participants
BMPs for poultry farms are a specific set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land. This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of those practices that will help poultry farmers conserve soil and protect water and air resources. (PDF format only)
Why is the sugarcane industry important to Louisiana? Why do farmers burn sugarcane in the first place? What are the benefits of burning sugarcane? Find these answers and more. (PDF Format Only)
In the right conditions, molds multiply and can release enough spores in the air to cause health problems.
Smooth cordgrass is a perennial grass native to intertidal saline marshes along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. It is important for coastal areas because it reduces coastal erosion. Smooth cordgrass stems reduce wave energy and build land. The roots stabilize existing land. Reducing coastal erosion is especially important in Louisiana because the state has the highest erosion rate in the continental United States. (PDF Format Only)
LA Master Farmers recertified in 2014
Individual images of 2014 LA Master Farmers
Nine agricultural producers were certified as Louisiana Master Farmers at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts, held January 13, 2015, in Baton Rouge.
Ruben Dauzat of Avoyelles Parish receives the 2014 Outstanding Master Farmer Award.
A lawn that’s properly cared for and healthy will resist weeds and other pest problems. Following the best management practices (BMPs) in this publication should help keep your lawn in good condition.
John Tilton recieves 2012 Outstanding Louisiana Master Farmer Award.
Harper Armstrong has been farming in Louisiana for the past 47 years, continuing a tradition handed down to him by his father. He farms 2,500 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat in Morehouse Parish. He was recently selected as the Northeast Region Agricultural Producer of the Year and the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Donald Berken has been farming for the past 40 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He says it's the only thing he ever wanted to to do. He farms 980 acres of rice and soybeans in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Gerald Wood has been farming all his life. He farms almost 6,500 acres of sugarcane and timber in St. James and Pointe Coupee parishes and was a finalist for the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Anthony Plattsmier farms approximately 500 acres of rice and soybeans in St. Landry Parish. He has participated in the LSU AgCenter's rice verification program. (Running time: 1:10)
Contributing authors to the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Conservation Tillage Handbook.
This publication was designed to inspire producers considering moving to a conservation tillage system. As with conventional tillage, conservation tillage systems have hurdles that must be overcome. Technology exists to overcome all of these obstacles, however.
Well maintained and adjusted planting and spraying equipment is crucial for obtaining good stands and weed control in conservation tillage systems.
A disease develops when these three factors are present and work together. This is referred to as the disease triangle.
Prior to implementing a conservation tillage system, producers should identify the specific weed species and their densities present in the field(s), determine the weeds' growth habit (annual or perennial), and whether the weeds have developed resistance to herbicides based on past experiences in a specific field and surrounding areas.
The objective of this section is to identify pest issues inconservation tillage systems and briefly summarize theproper integration of selected integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in these systems.
Although variety selection for conservation practices isnot greatly different from that used in other croppingsystems, selection of suitable varieties for planting canhelp make conservation tillage planting more successful.
Winter cover crops fall into two general categories– grass (grain) crops and legumes. The grass cropsinclude wheat, rye and oats, while the legumes includesuch crops as the vetches, peas and clovers.
Crop rotations are especially important for cropping systems with soybeans, wheat and sweet potatoes - crops that quickly lose yield and quality potential with continuous cropping practices, because of disease, insect and weed problems. In addition to the yield benefits, other benefits are derived from rotation in conservation systems are described in this chapter.
Conversion from a conventional tillage system in which the soil is worked extensively, to a conservation tillage system in which the soil is rarely or never disturbed, causes significant changes in the soil.
The purpose of this publication is to provide up-to-date information on agronomic and pest management practices for southern row crops in conservation tillage systems. Many of these recommendations will help producers and private crop consultants implement conservation tillage and other soil-conserving practices to maintain efficient and economical production while minimizing negative effects on soil and water quality. (PDF format only)
(Video) Charles Staples has been milking dairy cows nearly every day of the week for the past 54 years. He arises at 1:30 in the morning to begin a day that involves milking approximately 100 head of Holstein dairy cattle. And he does not plan to retire anytime soon. (Runtime: 3:50)
(Video) Bobby Morris is a West Baton Rouge Parish farmer who grows sugarcane on nearly 1,500 acres of land. Morris’ family grew grain crops when he was very young but made the switch to sugarcane after they saw a greater opportunity. He serves as a provider of seed cane for area farmers, and he sees farming as a great way to spend time with family. (Runtime: 4:02)
A total of 135 agricultural producers are now certified Master Farmers in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Eleven producers from around the state were certified at the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in Lafayette on January 12, 2012.
The goal of the EPA's SPCC program is to prevent oil spills into waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines. Oil spills can cause injuries to people and damage to the environment. A key element of this program calls for farmers and other facilities to have an oil spill prevention plan, called an SPCC plan. These plans can help farmers prevent oil spills, which can damage water resources needed for farming operations.
Introduction to the Louisiana Conservation Tillage Handbook prepared by the LSU AgCenter and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Conservation Tillage was prepared in cooperation with and through funding provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Master Farmer Program.
This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of practices that will help growers conserve soil and protect water and air resources. (PDF format only)
(Video) Christian Richard, who farms 2,000 acres of rice, soybeans and crawfish in Kaplan, was named the 2010 Outstanding Louisiana Master Farmer. Bruce Schultz, communications specialist, joins him in his tractor cab as he’s planting rice to talk to him about farming and the latest technology he uses. (5 min.)
(Video) For three generations, the Gravois family has worked the fields near Vacherie in St. James Parish producing sugarcane, cattle and soybeans. Gravois was the 2011 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. (4 min.)
(Video) Dennis Kieffer is a cattle and hay producer and farm manager in Wheeling in Winn Parish. His company, Circle K Cattle, oversees both registered and commercial herds. Learn more about the Louisiana's cattle industry. (4 min.)
In Louisiana, agriculture is big business. The industry contributes billions of dollars to the economy, employs thousands of people and provides many opportunities for ancillary businesses that service the industry and market food and fiber products. Meet some of Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers in these short videos.