(Radio News 04/09/07) A large number of crane flies are active this time of the year. These giant flies and their larva can be a nuisance, explains LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 04/09/07) Large-animal veterinarians are stressing the importance of vaccinating horses against encephalitic diseases now. These diseases can cause neurological problems and death in horses. (Runtime: 1 minute, 33 seconds)
(Radio News 04/09/07) Horses contract diseases such as eastern and western equine encephalitis and West Nile virus from mosquitoes. But horse owners shouldn’t wait until mosquitoes become active to vaccinate. LSU AgCenter veterinarian Dr. Dennis French says by then it could be too late. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/30/07) Several plant feeder insects are making their spring appearances. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says to watch for lace bugs on azaleas with the onset of warmer weather. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/30/07) Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana’s coastline. Healthy wetlands can serve to protect coastal communities from a hurricane. Montegut Middle School teacher Cally Chauvin is working with her class to revitalize areas that could protect their homes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 04/02/07) Hurricane Katrina wiped out Gregg Henderson’s termite research projects in Plaquemines Parish, but today the LSU AgCenter entomologist has new projects up and running and is continuing the battle against these destructive pests. (Runtime: 1 minute, 40 seconds)
(Radio News 04/09/07) With summer approaching there are few things horse owners can do to ensure their horses stay healthy during the summer. Heat stress usually isn’t a problem for most horses in Louisiana except for those that don’t sweat. LSU AgCenter veterinarian Dr. Dennis French explains.
(Radio News 04/16/07) Around 60 percent of American workers are suffering from financial distress. The LSU AgCenter and partners in the Louisiana Jumpstart Coalition are offering employers an opportunity to help their employees become more financially savvy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 04/30/07) A group of South Louisiana youngsters spent some time out of the classroom to help revitalize an ailing wetland that is practically in their backyard. Just because the youngsters weren’t in the classroom didn’t mean they weren’t learning. (Runtime: 1 minute, 37 seconds)
(Radio News 04/30/07) Youngsters across the state participated in Youth Wetlands Week activities during April. LSU AgCenter fisheries agent David Bourgeois said a group of students planting marsh grass in Terrebonne Parish learned a valuable lesson about the wetlands in their area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/01/07) A natural termite repellent could have several benefits for southern Louisiana. Vetiver grass also could be used in erosion control, and it is salt tolerant, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Gregg Henderson. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/23/07) Even though West Nile virus peaks during the summer it is active throughout the year. The virus shows up in mosquitoes in the spring, and LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Wayne Kramer is trying to understand how the virus amplifies into the summer.
(Radio News 04/09/07) Wide-scale treatment of fire ants is a proven way to keep yards fire-ant free longer. April is a good month treat your yard with a growth hormone regulator, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 04/23/07) Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. They also are a health threat, because mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus. By studying the bird population in different habitats, LSU AgCenter researchers are learning more about mosquito-borne diseases. (Runtime: 1 minute, 43 seconds)
(Radio News 04/30/07) Through the Coastal Roots program, students get hands-on experience in saving Louisiana’s coastline. The program is a combined effort of the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio 04/16/07) There is no way to predict what the mosquito population will be like this year, so LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Wayne Kramer won’t even try. But the fact that mosquitoes will be present is a given. Eliminating standing water, however, is one way to cut down on mosquito breeding. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/30/07) The LSU AgCenter’s Agricultural Leadership Development program is helping individuals in all aspects of agriculture become effective advocates for the industry. Applications for the next class are being accepted. Participants in the program will take part in 10 seminars that deal with different themes such as environmental and economic issues. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/16/07) AgMagic, an interactive exhibit that takes youngsters through Louisiana agriculture, is growing. The LSU AgCenter will present AgMagic for the fourth year the week of April 23-29. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist and AgMagic exhibitor Dr. Theresia Lavergne talks about some old favorites that return to the expanding educational event. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/16/07) Youngsters can get a hands-on lesson about where their food and clothing originates at this year’s AgMagic. Exhibits include a butterfly garden, a bug display and a simulated forest. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/09/07) This time of the year horse owners are probably vaccinating their horses for encephalitic diseases. LSU AgCenter veterinarian Dr. Dennis French says owners also should make sure their horses are vaccinated once a year for tetanus. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio News 04/02/07) Little wooden structures are part of a new termite study at the LSU AgCenter's Coastal Area Research Station in Plaquemines Parish. The structures house crates of termites, and LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Gregg Henderson is using this system to evaluate different wood treatments. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Radio 04/23/07) Jessica Brauch’s Friday mornings often are spent capturing birds. The LSU entomology graduate student is studying mosquito-borne viruses in the bird population. After she captures them using mist nets, she collects blood samples. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(TV News 04/16/07) Farmers across the country are jumping at the opportunity to grow corn, since prices are high. The amount of corn grown in Louisiana is expected to double this year compared to the 2006 level. While the situation is good news for corn producers it's bad news for cattle producers, because corn prices are driving up feed prices.(Runtime: 1 minute, 44 seconds)
(Radio News 04/16/07) The Louisiana JumpStart Coalition wants citizens to jump start their money the last week in April. The coalition is sponsoring "Jump Start Your Money" week to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy and education in Louisiana.
(Radio News 04/23/07) Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hurt the Louisiana cattle industry. Many cattle were lost in southern Louisiana, and the storms damaged fences that contained cattle and forage that fed them. But LSU AgCenter beef cattle specialist Dr. Jason Rowntree says cattle herds in the state have rebounded to about 500,000 head.
(Radio News 04/23/07) Rising production costs can cut into farmers’ profits. Like many farmers, cattle producers are facing several issues this year that will make raising cattle a little more difficult. (Runtime: 60 seconds)