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Linda Benedict  |  12/2/2009 3:51:56 AM

Ville Platte man named 2008 best farmer, other finalists from Hamburg, Ponchatoula
Richard Fontenot can’t sit still. With more than 2,500 acres to farm, he can’t afford to. But his efforts and contributions to Louisiana agriculture led to his being named the 2008 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. Read more.

Weed Tenacity
James L. Griffin, an LSU AgCenter weed scientist, discovered this golf ball in a sugarcane field in Youngsville, La., where he was conducting an experiment. Read more.

Pecan seminar helps growers prepare for 2008
The LSU AgCenter Pecan Research and Extension Station in Shreveport hosted a seminar on pecan growing on Feb. 28, 2008, which was attended by 35 growers. Read more.

Louisiana can gain from move to biofuels
MONROE – As competition between food and bioenergy drives up prices of corn, soybeans and other farm commodities, Louisiana has untapped land that could be put into production for alternative crops, according to agricultural industry observers.
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Red River holds 12th annual tomato seminar
Intermittent rains didn’t stop commercial tomato growers from viewing outdoor exhibits and touring the greenhouse tomato operation during a tomato field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City on Feb. 29, 2008. Read more.

Forestry value decreases in 2007
The projected Louisiana gross farm value of forest products decreased significantly Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2007, according to the LSU AgCenter’s 2007 AgSummary. This followed an increase in 2006. Read more.

Louisiana sweet potato industry continues to prosper
Louisiana sweet potato producers harvested an average to slightly above average crop in 2007, although acreage was slightly down from that of 2006 with 14,254 harvested acres for 2007. Read more.

Coastal plants team wins Tipton Award
The coastal plants study team won the LSU AgCenter’s top research team award for 2007. Read more.

(These articles were published in the winter 2008 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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