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Louisiana Agriculture Magazine Winter 2024

Research at the LSU AgCenter extends well beyond the farm gate. Across 150 acres at the Hammond Research Station, experts in landscape horticulture test the best ways to grow ornamental plants and trees. In Baton Rouge, researchers study how to protect homes in the path of a hurricane. Across the state the AgCenter Healthy Communities team works to empower food pantries and improve sidewalks and other pedestrian infrastructure in rural areas.

This issue of Louisiana Agriculture focuses on these topics along with new research on soil health and high-tech delivery systems for sugarcane ripening agents. Other articles focus on the historic herd of Brahman cattle at the AgCenter Doyle Chambers Research Station and the work of economist Michael Deliberto.

fields.png thumbnailThe Hammond Gardens: Connecting Science to the Success of an Industry

Jeb S. Fields, Damon E. Abdi and Jason Stagg

Sprawling across 150 acres, the Hammond Research Station is Louisiana’s home for ornamental horticulture research and extension, where professionals and hobby horticulturists both learn about ornamental plant research and new varieties.

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10 Native Louisiana Medicinal Plants for Your Garden

Jennifer Blanchard

The use of plants as medicine dates back thousands of years. Louisiana has a long tradition of medicinal plants passed on from Indigenous people and Cajun traiteurs. These 10 plants have traditionally been used for medicine and are attractive in the landscape.

friedland.png thumbnailBreaking the Disaster Cycle: LaHouse Extension Strengthening Communities Through Education and Outreach

Carol Friedland

Hurricanes and tornadoes cause significant damage to homes and neighborhoods and put the safety of Louisiana families at risk. Faculty at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Research and Education Center are working to reduce damage and improve community resilience through research, education and extension.

Stroope.png thumbnailRural Towns Receive Unprecedented Investment in Pedestrian Infrastructure

Jessica Stroope, Ruthie Losavio, Jamila Freightman and Denise Holston

Many small towns face large barriers when it comes to improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure. To address some of these difficulties, the LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities team worked with partners to make funding more accessible to small towns.

mcclure.png thumbnailLSU's Brahman Bloodlines

Olivia McClure

Brahman cattle are known for their tolerance for heat and their humped backs. LSU’s Brahman herd has ties to an important name in the history of the breed – a gentle, beefy bull named Manso.

peveot.png thumbnailEconomist Michael Deliberto: A Trusted Source for Louisiana Producers

Kyle Peveto

Economist Michael Deliberto is a trusted voice for Louisiana agricultural producers. They hear him speak, read his newsletters and use the tools he has created to help them budget and prosper in a complex economic world.

abdi.png thumbnailCovering Ground: Temperature and Water-Wise Practices in the Landscape

Damon E. Abdi and Jeb S. Fields

Ensuring soil health is essential to sustaining landscapes and providing protection from temperature and precipitation extremes. Ground cover species, which are low-growing, spreading plants, not only provide soil insulation but manage soil moisture.

price.png thumbnailSprayer Drone Use and Utilization in Louisiana Agriculture

Randy Price and Albert Orgeron

Researchers have developed methods for using drones to spray ripening agents on sugarcane. They offer advice and guidelines for this procedure.

Zhang.png thumbnailSoil Health Improvement From a Soil Physics Perspective

Xi Zhang and Changyoon Jeong

Soil is a complex and dynamic living system that is critical to agricultural ecosystem functions and crop productivity. Just as human health is essential for a prosperous life, soil health is indispensable for robust crop growth and sustainable agricultural practices.

abdi2.png thumbnailDevelopment of a Statewide Education Series for Landscape Professionals in Louisiana

Damon E. Abdi and Jeb S. Fields

Expanding educational offerings for Louisiana’s nursery and landscape industry has led to the development of the “Landscape Professional Education Series,” a unique, daylong event centered around addressing the issues that are most relevant to the respective host regions.

losavio.png thumbnailStrengthening Communities: Empowering Food Pantries in Rural Louisiana

Ruthie Losavio, Katherine Seals, Jamila Freightman and Denise Holston

While local food pantries work hard to provide much-needed services in rural Louisiana, their communities' needs often outpace their capacities and resources. To address these challenges, the LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities team deployed a variety of strategies in six rural parishes.

mcclure2.png thumbnailThree Decades Later, Mark Shirley Still Finds Joy in Teaching 4-H'ers About Louisiana Marshes

Olivia McClure

Mark Shirley, a coastal specialist with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant, created Marsh Maneuvers decades ago to educate youths about the state’s coastal areas.

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