This issue includes a special feature on whooping crane and efforts to bring it back to Louisiana. Other topics: educational change in Louisiana schools, Bt corn, catfish production, Super Plants, heating poultry houses, and costs of producing energy cane. 32 pages
Until the early 1900s, whooping cranes were a fairly common sight in southwestern Louisiana.“At one time, Louisiana had more whooping cranes than anywhere in North America,” said Sammy King, of the U.S. Geological Survey Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the LSU AgCenter.
These shrubs are part of the Louisiana Super Plants program.
Darion Dewhirst had never tasted a tomato before Beth Gambel brought her mobile iPad lab and bags of fresh vegetables to his school.
Plant viruses are biological entities made of RNA or DNA. They are disseminated by way of vectors, usually insects, although in many cases they are transmitted through seed, cuttings from infected plants or mechanical contact.
Louisiana agricultural producers are highly dependent on the world market to sell their commodities, and a new export facility at the Port of Baton Rouge could increase the amount of ag products shipped abroad.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) changed the way schools and state and district education offices organized and carried out their tasks. This paper describes some of these changes, paying special attention to addressing funding changes.
Field corn expressing single or multiple Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) traits has been planted in the Midsouth to manage a complex of corn caterpillar pests – including armyworms, earworms and stalk borers – since 1999.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Act 54 or House Bill 1033, which will implement value-added teacher assessment (VATA) in Louisiana during the 2012/2013 school year. Value-added teacher assessment is a relatively new approach to assessing teacher effectiveness.
These are the warm-season bedding plants that are part of the Louisiana Super Plants program.
These articles were published in the winter 2013 issue of Louisiana Agriculture Magazine.
New Orleans is famous for its food. Fried seafood, rich gumbos and spicy etouffees are some of the city’s staples. But healthier fare is making its mark on the city’s landscape in the form of urban farms.
These are the trees that are part of the Louisiana Super Plants program.
The poultry houses at the Hill Farm Research Station are designed to provide the poultry growers of Louisiana evaluations of the latest innovations in equipment and management techniques for raising broilers under commercial conditions.
Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic animals and plants for local and international commerce. Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) is the most important food fish for U.S. aquaculture – especially in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana – where its consumption is part of the local cuisine.
Renewable energy research and development are expanding in size and scope across the United States as the focus has shifted from the relatively simple process of producing ethanol from grain to producing a variety of biofuels through advanced cellulosic processes.
For decades, Louisiana has ranked below the national average on several measures of education outcomes. Still, Louisianans have become more educated over the past three decades.
For an individual, educational attainment refers to the highest level of education attained. For cities, parishes and states, aggregate educational attainment of the adult population (or labor force) can place them at a comparative advantage or disadvantage in attracting industries.
These are the cool-season bedding plants that are part of the Louisiana Super Plants program.
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation has announced that it has met its financial goals to begin construction on the first phase of its multipurpose building at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, La.
Louisiana’s rice, cotton, corn, soybeans, sugarcane and grain sorghum crops all set yield records in 2012. It was also a good year for animal enterprises with poultry’s value going up15 percent and the cattle industry’s value increasing by 25 percent over 2011.
Table 1. Comparison of tube heat and brooder heat at the Hill Farm poultry demonstration houses.
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The Louisiana Super Plants program, which was started in 2009 to identify and promote exceptional plants that perform well in Louisiana, has proved to be a effective marketing tool.
The LSU AgCenter lost two members of its faculty in 2012 with the untimely deaths of Ron Sheffield and Don Ferrin.
Scientists from the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University shared findings from research on forage and feed at a Southeast Research Station field day on April 5.
Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the Hammond Research Station in 2006, gardens supporting this new mission continue to expand.
Teacher quality is important to student learning and as such has been made a cornerstone of the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative. Part of the legislation mandated that all teachers in core areas meet the individual state requirements to be classified as highly qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 (later revised to the 2007-2008) school year.