New Rice Mill Opens in Louisiana (with video)

By Eric Schroeder, BakingBusiness.com

PRAIRIE RONDE, LA. — James Rice Farms has opened a new rice mill in Prairie Ronde. The mill will turn out a new brand of non-bioengineered single variety rice, Prairie Ronde Rice, that will be distributed as part of a partnership between Beth James and Rolando Sanchez. The brand was named after the area in which the rice is grown and milled.

 

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Local Youth Experience 3rd Annual Iberville AgAdventures Expo

By The Plaquemine Post South

The Iberville Parish 4-H Program, Iberville Agricultural Education Program and Iberville FFA Chapter hosted the 3rd Annual Iberville AgAdventures Expo at the C.M. "Mike" Zito Multipurpose Arena on March 16-17. More than 750 2nd-5th grade students, 40 educators and 70 chaperones visited the expo.

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Wheat, Oat Field Day Set for April 19 in Winnsboro

By Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter

WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a wheat and oat field day on April 19 at the Macon Ridge Research Station located south of Winnsboro. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The field day will include both indoor presentations and field tours of wheat and oat plots located at the station.

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Making Southern Forests Great Again

By Jim Barnett, Forests & People Magazine

In the late 19th century, virgin Southern pine forests in the West Gulf Coast Region remained virtually untouched. Louisiana had some of the best pine timberland in the South and much of it was controlled by the federal government. A large portion was in virgin longleaf pine. 

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Louisiana NRCS to Begin Design on the RESTORE Act Funded Bayou DuLarge Coastal Restoration Project on Behalf of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Louisiana is beginning the engineering and design of the Bayou DuLarge Ridge, Marsh and Hydrologic Restoration Project on behalf of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. 

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Research Continues to be Vital to the Future of Agriculture

By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network

During this report on the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain pointed out the talks in both Washington and Baton Rouge about the new farm bill have centered on how agriculture is the foundation of our overall economy, when looking at the natural resource based industries.

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Jack Dillard: Great Start to Spring, Keep Eye on Moisture, Grazing

By Jack Dillard, Shreveport Times

With the first day of spring last Monday, we could not have a better start to springtime 2017. Adequate moisture, sunshine, but not too hot, adequate length of the sun during the day to have our plants grow to the maximum, and a mild winter that did not do damage to our pasture grasses.

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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Louisiana

By Jena McRell, Angus Media

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met March 2-5 in Baton Rouge, La., to participate in a Raising the Bar conference.

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LSU Hires Blake Wilson as New Extension Rice and Sugarcane Entomologist

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Dr. Blake Wilson has been hired as an assistant professor of field crops entomology with the LSU AgCenter. Dr. Wilson’s chief responsibilities with the AgCenter will be research and extension relating to rice and sugarcane insects. He plans to focus his program in rice on improving the economics and sustainability of integrated pest management.

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Louisiana Farm Broadcaster Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Long-time Louisiana farm radio and television broadcaster Don Molino received the Radio Lifetime Achievement award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Tuesday.  Molino has been a staple on radio stations across Louisiana for 35 years with the Louisiana Radio Network.  He also co-hosted the weekly television show "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture" for nearly 10 years.  

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Louisiana Rice: Higher Blackbird Pressure to the North This Year. Why?

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

I received a lot of conflicting reports about blackbirds over the last couple of weeks. Many consultants reported to me that in the area south of I-10, the number of blackbirds seems to be lower than normal. Other reports from consultants around the Oberlin, Elton, Mamou and Ville Platte areas have suggested higher than normal blackbird activity.

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Louisiana Rice: Planting Rolls Along in Southwest

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Dry weather in many parts of southwest Louisiana have played a big part in speeding rice planting along so far this spring. The most recent USDA-NASS Louisiana Crop Progress Report has us at 21 percent planted as of Sunday, March 19. This is approximately 9 percent ahead of our 5-year average at this time of year.

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