LSU AgCenter researchers and extension agents are well known for their contributions to rice breeding, horticulture and helping the seafood industry, and examples of this important work are featured in the Louisiana Agriculture spring issue. Another AgCenter program, the Healthy Communities initiative, works throughout the state to improve the healthfulness and well-being of Louisiana residents. The initiative aims to make Louisiana towns healthier places to live, work, learn and play. Three articles in this issue of the magazine detail the activities of the researchers and agents involved in this important work.
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V. Todd Miller
Healthy Communities: The St. Helena Farmers Market in Greensburg provides fresh fruits and vegetables to one of Louisiana’s rural food deserts.
Jessica Stroope, Ruthie Losavio, Joy K. Sims and Denise Holston
Healthy Communities: The AgCenter Healthy Communities initiative encourages physical activity through two activities — StoryWalks and Play Streets — that bring children and their families out to play.
Katherine Seals, Jamila Freightman and Denise Holston
Healthy Communities: Extension agents studied the needs of charitable food sites in parishes with high obesity rates and provided help to improve their operations.
Brijesh Angira, Adam Famoso, Raul Guerra and Michael Deliberto
Rice breeders researched the preferred rice varieties of Latin American consumers and then developed a new variety for Louisiana producers to grow for the market.
Terrence Tiersch, Jack Koch and Yue Liu
The LSU AgCenter Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center is where the LSU Dairy Improvement Center once stood. Today the facility is used to preserve the genetic material of aquatic species.
Ivana Tregenza and Maria Bampasidou
Two institutions on different continents, the LSU AgCenter and Mendel University, have collaborated on several projects and established a food symposium to discuss the future of food.
David Moseley, Andre Reis, Manoch Kongchum, Rasel Parvej, Boyd Padgett, Thanos Gentimis, Brandi Woolam and Laura Lee
Researchers analyzed data from a soybean trial to determine whether guidelines for planting established in the mid-1990s were beneficial for Louisiana growers.
In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service included wild-caught shrimp in its purchase of food products for outlets such as food banks. AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant agents helped shrimpers prepare for the program.
The AgCenter Seafood Quality Laboratory supports the Louisiana seafood industry by researching ways to help the industry enhance seafood quality and expand shelf life.
An economist explains how marketing, transportation and storage costs contribute to food prices.
Maria Bampasidou and Jeb S. Fields
The plant nursery business is growing in Louisiana, and labor shortages have led the nurseries to recruit workers from other countries through a federal program.
Marilyn Dalen and Brenda Tubaña
Phosphorus is vital to plant growth. AgCenter researchers studied the ways corn is fertilized with the nutrient for different soil types to assist farmers growing the crop.
A horticulture researcher has studied ways to improve the market life of one of Louisiana’s best-loved fruits, the satsuma.
Jennifer Duhon, a registered dietitian, serves as the family and consumer sciences program coordinator for a 10-parish area and as a nutrition agent for Rapides and Avoyelles parishes.
The AgCenter teaches animal care in New Orleans. The Healthy Communities team wins an award. Master Farmer awards are presented.
The LSU poultry team wins a national contest. An LSU College of Agriculture advisor wins advisor of the year. Four College of Agriculture students were recognized in the Tiger Twelve.
For 25 years, Linda Foster Benedict led Louisiana Agriculture magazine, consistently producing a vibrant, informative publication.