(Distributed 10/28/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Reproductive Biology Center recently received full accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). The accreditation certifies this AgCenter research unit is providing the highest quality care of the animals used in its research program and is accountable in maintaining a standard of excellence, said Richard Denniston, coordinator of the unit.
(Distributed 10/28/05) LSU AgCenter experts say soil contamination in Jefferson and Orleans parishes from flooding after this summer’s hurricanes may not be as serious as originally feared. Those experts say initial results of tests conducted in October indicate no need for special preparations to the soils prior to planting and that there should be no danger for individuals digging or planting in the soil.
(Distributed 10/27/05) Farmers attending workshops in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes Tuesday (Oct. 25) learned about assistance for dealing with hardships caused by two hurricanes that struck the state this summer. Similar sessions, organized by the LSU AgCenter, were planned for New Iberia, Hammond and Raceland over the next few days.
(Distributed 10/25/05) Although the latest strain of avian influenza, H5N1, has not been detected in the United States, an LSU AgCenter poultry specialist says bird owners should do all they can to protect their flocks. Another expert says hunters also can take precautions.
(Distributed 10/25/05) Gerald Roberts, an LSU AgCenter and Southern University county agent in St. Landry Parish, said being chosen as 2005’s Mr. Yam punctuates his 29-year career of service to sweet potato growers in the area.
(Distributed 10/25/05) Louisiana citrus is another of the state’s agricultural crops heavily damaged by the hurricanes this year. Officials say some Louisiana citrus will be available despite the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina to southeastern Louisiana, but they warn it will be at a premium.
(Distributed 10/25/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center is giving the public opportunities to see aspects of its stronger, safer and smarter construction.
(Distributed 10/21/05) The LSU AgCenter soon will begin comprehensive tests for salt contamination in areas of Vermilion Parish hit by Hurricane Rita’s storm surge, but officials this week said the problem may not be as bad as originally feared.
(Distributed 10/21/05) There will be trees from the Shady Pond Christmas Tree Farm northeast of New Orleans this year – thanks in large part to some help from fellow growers from North Carolina.
(Distributed 10/20/05) Don’t give up was the message from one state’s 4-H’er to those in Louisiana who were affected by the recent hurricanes. To stress that message, 4-H’ers from across North Carolina collected school supplies, toiletries and stuffed animals for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The items were packed into "Boxes of Hope" that arrived in Louisiana Monday (Oct. 17).
(Distributed 10/20/05) Recent hurricanes may have obliterated your house, your job and likely even the property values in your area – leaving you with the feeling that the only things still intact are your mortgage and other debts.
(Distributed 10/20/05) Many lawnmowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other lawn and garden equipment with small engines were underwater during the flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
(Distributed 10/19/05) The LSU AgCenter recently established a toll-free phone system to help Louisiana citizens obtain information about recovering from the disasters and damages created by recent hurricanes. The LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery Hotline can be reached by dialing 866-573-0178.
(Distributed 10/19/05) The LSU AgCenter will present several workshops in South Louisiana to help farmers recover from hurricanes Rita and Katrina, with the first sessions set for Tuesday (Oct. 25) in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes.
(Distributed 10/18/05) LSU AgCenter faculty members are working on plans to put the Formosan subterranean termite research project in New Orleans’ French Quarter back on track after the recent hurricanes.
(Distributed 10/13/05) Cattle, goats, horses, pigs and sheep surviving Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita are vulnerable to several diseases, including infectious diseases and toxicities, according to a veterinarian with the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 10/13/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center will open its doors each Friday this fall for mid-construction open houses designed to display some of its advanced construction features.
(Distributed 10/12/05) A scourge of New Orleans and South Louisiana could find its way to other parts of the state and country if people move wood that’s infested with Formosan subterranean termites.
(Distributed 10/12/05) Vermilion Parish rice farmer David Lacour emerged from a rice bin recently, covered in sweat and dust.
(Distributed 10/12/05) With hundreds of square miles of standing water in Louisiana, LSU AgCenter entomologists advise homeowners to protect themselves from being exposed to the unusually heavy populations of mosquitoes following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
(Distributed 10/06/05) Fire ants can be a serious problem after hurricanes – particularly in flooded areas, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter.
(Distributed 10/06/05) The recent hurricane-related weather experienced throughout much of Louisiana can cause a number of problems for pond owners, including poor water quality and fish kills from low oxygen or disease, experts with the LSU AgCenter caution.
(Distributed 10/06/05) A breeze is blowing through storm-beaten pecan trees in Ben Littlepage’s 300-acre orchard near Colfax. The trees are almost leafless, and there’s about a handful of pecans left on one very large native tree.
(Distributed 10/06/05) Will the grass come back and how long will it be before vegetable gardens can be planted were questions on the minds of LSU AgCenter faculty members who recently toured the New Orleans area.
(Distributed 10/06/05) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns made a brief stop at a storm-damaged farm in Calcasieu Parish Wednesday morning (Oct. 5) to learn how Hurricane Rita devastated the region’s agriculture.
(Distributed 10/05/05) 4-H’ers at Zachary Elementary School had their own Election Day Wednesday (Oct. 5) as students selected 4-H officers for the 2005-06 school year with the same voting machines their parents use to elect national and state officials.
(Distributed 10/05/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Community Leadership and Economic Development Program was recognized by the International Economic Development Council late last month for its outstanding achievements.
(Distributed 10/05/05) Hurricane Rita dealt a second blow to Louisiana’s nursery, landscape and retail garden center businesses, known collectively as the "Green Industry," according to experts with the LSU AgCenter.