Feral Hog Problems

April 22, 2017

The fight to control the feral hog population in Louisiana hit another roadblock this week.  Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestr Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain suspended the eventual sale of a poison designed to reduce the state's wild hog population, because of concerns about its impact on other species, especially the black bear. 

Fixing the "Fiscal Cliff"

April 22, 2017

The Louisiana Legislature convened on April 10, 2017 and tax reform is once again at the top of the agenda, as legislators must fill a $440 million budget hole for next fiscal year. Governor John Bel Edwards says the state is facing a $1.3 billion "fiscal cliff," which will materialize when the "clean penny tax" comes to an end. The Governor introduced his 2017 Budget Stabilization Plan, designed to bring “stability and predictability” to the state, and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

2017 Louisiana Beef Tour Coverage

April 22, 2017

A few weeks ago, Louisiana cattlemen traveled across the state of Arkansas touring different cattle ranches, to gain some fresh ideas and methods to improve their own farms and ranches.  TWILA’s Karl Wiggers tagged along the tour, where he found one farm family who has overcome tough times with some creative thinking, community support, and a lot of hard work. 

2017 Louisiana Beef Tour Photos


Thinning the herd  

April 22, 2017

It could be the most picturesque farm owned by the LSU AgCenter, but soon, there may not be a cattle herd at the Hill Farm research station in Claiborne Parish.  The LSU AgCenter announced last week that it plans to sell off most of the cattle at the station and eventually end cattle research at Hill Farm.

GROWING leadership  

April 22, 2017

If you’re looking for the freshest produce, Community Supported Agriculture programs provide one of the best ways to get it.  TWILA's Neil Melancon went to one CSA farm in Central, where they’re not only growing produce, but lessons in how to be an entrepreneur.  

Luckett Farms
Louisiana Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee

practice what you preach

April 22, 2017

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has 38 different programs and activities available to help you with your land. But how many NRCS employees actually practice what they preach and take advantage of conservation programs on their own land? TWILA’s Avery Davidson found one in north Louisiana who has been doing so for more than 30 years.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Freshest in Town

April 22, 2017

Fresh, ruby red heirloom tomatoes-- it’s the flavor that compels folks to visit farmers markets every spring to get the “first pick” of the season’s crop. TWILA’s AJ Sabine takes us to West Feliciana Parish, where one tomato grower turned his hobby garden into a thriving ag enterprise. 

Grant parish ag day

April 22, 2017

What's the best way to learn about agriculture? Bring the farm to school!  At Grant Parish's Annual Ag Day,  farmers and FFA students gathered nearly 300 3rd graders for a hands-on lesson about how their food is produced.  


April 22, 2017

How is the 2017 Planting Season going for farmers in Louisiana?  On this week's Trending on TWILA, we go online to see what farmers are posting from the field as they get this season's crop in the ground.  Plus, we share a little girl's "Planting Prayer" that's going viral on social media.   

A Planting Prayer -- Honoring Farmers