Crop nutrient demand and nutrient supply from broiler production by parish in 2008
(Vol. 53, No. 2) The focus of this issue is on LSU AgCenter efforts to assure that animal waste is converted into safe uses to grow food and protect the environment.
A device that can “harvest” an oil spill in open seas or in a marsh – much like a combine harvests wheat and eliminates the chaff – was built as a working concept model by LSU AgCenter engineer Chandra Theegala.
Animal waste is not necessarily waste at all and can be a valuable resource in agriculture.
Edgar and Christine Raymond own Riverosa Ranch, a registered Angus and Brahman X Angus F1 cattle operation in West Carroll Parish near Oak Grove, La.
Ken McMillin, a professor in the Department of Food Science, was elected as an Institute of Food Technology Fellow in 2010 for his outstanding achievements in meat and food processing, packaging and safety, as well as international trainingin these areas.
Louisiana Agriculture Magazine
Animal waste management has always been a concern for agricultural producers. In Louisiana, a group of environmentally concerned farmers has taken waste management matters into their own hands.
Highlights of the LSU AgCenter.
Gary Lirette and his son Stephen are poultry producers in the heart of Natchitoches Parish near Marthaville, La. Gary, who owns Little Flower Farm Enterprises, is one of three poultry producers certified as Master Farmers in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.
David Weindorf, an assistant professor in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research at University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
These news articles appears in the spring 2010 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.
Louisiana’s abundance of public water bodies and plentiful rainfall makes the state’s waters particularly susceptible to runoff from manure-enriched soils and overflow from concentrated animal-rearing facilities.
Poultry production is the largest animal agricultural industry in Louisiana with a gross farm value in 2009 of $450.8 million and an industry value-added total of $432.8 million, ranking it second to forestry in total income production from statewide agricultural commodities.
Lee Southern, Doyle Chambers Professor in the School of Animal Sciences, has been named chairman of the National Research Council’s committee to update the publication, Nutrient Requirements of Swine.
Controlling phosphorus loss from pastures fertilized with poultry litter is a nutrient management problem poultry farmers face.
The U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972 requires states to have water quality guidelines that protect the condition of water bodies within that state.
Beginning in 1989, one-cell waste lagoons were being constructed on Louisiana dairy farms as new installations or were modified from established two-stage, aerobic and anaerobic cell lagoons using financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). Building these types of waste installations continued through 2000.
Dairy producers face the challenge of minimizing the costs of manure disposal while at the same time complying with environmental regulations.
The LSU AgCenter has received two specialty crop block grants worth $310,500 from the U.S. Department of Agricultureto enhance the competitiveness of Louisiana-grown nursery crops and sweet potatoes.
An LSU AgCenter soil scientist has been working on a project to help detect oil and other hydrocarbons in soil, and it could be used with the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Regulations intended to assure public water safety in the United States have been in place since 1948 under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Despite these laws, degradation of public waters continues.
Nutrient management and recovery on livestock farms, such as dairies, is important for two reasons. The major concern is the gradual buildup in the soil of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from manure application.
The Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station is the research arm of the LSU AgCenter. Its faculty can be found in 11 academic departments, where scientists conduct research and hold joint teaching appointments in the LSU College of Agriculture, and 20 research stations across Louisiana, where resident faculty develop new knowledge and technology to help our producers provide our state and the nation with a vast array of food, fiber and fuel.
The growing demand for food and fuel in the world has spurred widespread concern about the sustainability of agriculture’s intensive use of energy and nutrients. An easy and cost-effective method to improve nutrient balance in animal husbandry is to reduc inputs.
Members of LSU’s Interinstitutional Biological and Recombinant DNA Safety Committee were honored at an awards recognition luncheon April 28 in Baton Rouge.
Poultry production is the largest animal industry in Louisiana. It generated approximately $883.5 million in combined farm revenue of $450.8 million and value-added products at $432.7 million and employed more than 4,000 people in 2009.
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants and animals and is critically important to poultry production. Most of the phosphorus in broiler diets, however, is in the form of phytate.