Forestry Forum Slated for March 17 in Hammond


Johnny Morgan  LSU AgCenter  

(02/15/17) HAMMOND, La. – The 27th annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum will be held on March 17 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The forum will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:45 p.m. The theme is Updating Forest Landowners, according to LSU AgCenter area forester Brian Chandler.


Agritourism Safety Management Workshoops



By Marsha Salzwedel

The LSU AgCenter will host two Agritourism Safety Management Workshops with guest speaker, Marsha Salzwedel, youth safety specialist with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Ms. Salzwedel will walk participants through the farm highlighting good safety practices, emergency preparedness and record keeping.


2016 Louisiana Total Value of Production for Principal Field Crops (Excluding Sugarcane) Up 2 Percent

The value of production for principal field crops in Louisiana during 2016 totaled $1.78 billion, up 2 percent from $1.74 billion in 2015. The top three crop commodities (excluding sugarcane); soybeans, corn, and rice accounted for 83 percent of the total value of production for principal field crops.


Another Budget Cut to Louisiana Department of Agriculture (with audio)

By Talk 107.3 Baton Rouge

Louisiana agriculture has taken it’s 12th budget cut in 15 years, with the most recent handed down in the recently completed special session. Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain is trying to keep a good “can do” attitude, but warns that some vital services may soon be in jeopardy.


Legislature Considers Taking Dedicated Funds from Ag Department

By Don Molino, Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network

The latest special session of the Louisiana legislature ended Wednesday night after taking another $1,245,410 from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry budget. Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says further cuts will be based on whether or not there are unfilled vacancies in his department. “In other words, if we have a position that’s not filled, those funds will be cut as well.”

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Be Aware of Poisonous Plants Around the Farm

By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

The fact that many of the plants that we grow as ornamentals are considered poisonous is a topic that horticulturists don’t often discuss. After all, cases of people eating poisonous plants are relatively rare, and there is no need to cause the public undue alarm. 


Special Legislative Session Ends; Ag Takes a Small Cut

By Carey Martin & Don Molino, Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network

The latest special session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up Wednesday night as lawmakers agreed on a fix for the 304 million mid-year budget shortfall. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry took a 1.2 million cut to help fill the budget deficit, according to State Senator Bret Allain, vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Farm, Forestry Money was a Target in Louisiana House of Representatives

By Katie Gagliano, Manship School News Service

Two pieces of legislation introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives during the special session raised concerns among agricultural interests and created doubt about the security of public money for agriculture.


Floods That Saturated Louisiana Also Damaged Its Seed Rice (with video)

By Associated Press, KATC-TV Lafayette

The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he's temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure farmers can buy enough seed for a chance at a good crop.