Dry weather conditions across Louisiana have allowed sugarcane farmers to make big progress planting cane last week, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report. The report shows sugarcane planting now 83 percent complete, well ahead of last week’s 57 percent and the five-year average pace of 73 percent.
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The latest national and Louisiana ag news, market information, and a visit with Troy Romero of Sports Turf Specialists in Lacassine, Louisiana. Troy discusses issues he faces with his turf business, how those issues are related to farming, and his current campaign for State Representative.
McNeese State University is preparing for its 13th annual Heifer Development Program. The program is designed to assist producers in selecting and managing for replacement heifers. It offers producers relief from providing additional facilities, labor, and feed to retain young heifers. The program is designed for heifers ranging in weight from 400-800 lbs. Heifers are entered into the program in mid-October and fed through mid-March.
MARION — A beginning farmer/rancher pasture walk/workshop will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Casey Towns Farm in Marion, Louisiana. Anyone interested in beginning their own grazing operation is encouraged to attend. This free workshop is being hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Trailblazer RC&D.Read More
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said President Trump declared Sept. 15-21 National Farm Safety and Health Week. “This year’s theme is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America,” Strain said.
BATON ROUGE - With safety the number one priority, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding both drivers and agricultural producers to use caution and patience on the roadway this sugarcane harvest season. Harvest usually runs from September through December.
BATON ROUGE –Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Director of Weights and Measures in the Office of Agro-Consumer Services Bobby Fletcher, Jr., Ph.D., is the recipient of the Honorary American Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
By Sam Karlin, The Advocate
The race for Louisiana agriculture commissioner is typically a lower-profile affair than elections for governor and some other statewide offices. But this year, the office has become an unlikely arena for some prominent national issues — like climate change, marijuana laws and the U.S. trade war with China — that have received little play in Louisiana's elections.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., announced the funding of an additional $10 million in grant awards to eligible producers impacted by flood events that occurred in March and August of 2016. “This additional funding is only available to those producers who participated in the 2016 Louisiana Farm Recovery Grant Program,” Strain said.
By Anne Ourso Landry, Baton Rouge Business Report
In a sign of easing trade tensions, China announced it will not impose additional tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other agricultural products and plans to resume imports of American crops, recently making its first large purchase of soybeans in months. Both gestures appear to be good news for Louisiana soybean farmers, who have taken a direct hit as a result of the U.S.-China trade war, but it doesn’t mean the hurt is over.
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested a Pointe Coupee Parish man who is accused of possession of two stolen championship rodeo saddles valued at more than $3,000. Shaquille Oneal Deandre Levi of 3540 State Road, Batchelor, La., was charged with two counts of illegal possession of stolen things on September 12, 2019.
By Brianne Hendricks, Acadiana Lifestyle
What’s it like to live a day in the shoes of a sugar cane farmer during the busiest seasons of their lives? We talked to Eddie Lewis III owner, operator of Eddie Lewis Cane Farms, LLC to find out! Starting at somewhere around five o’clock in the morning, Eddie starts his day by getting out of bed. He makes a cup of coffee first, sweetening it with …you guess it… sugar.
By Thomas Perumean, WWL Radio
Meat means a portion of beef, pork, poultry, alligator, farm raised deer, turkey, domestic rabbit, crawfish or shrimp that is edible by humans. But it does not include a synthetic product derived from a plant, insect, or other source, period" -- Louisiana Agricuture and Forestry Commissioner Michael Strain. New Wave Foods makes a plant-based faux shrimp alternative protein replacement for the crustacean.
Holly Dutchman, Baton Rouge Business Report
The LSU AgCenter got the OK from the Board of Supervisors this morning to enter into a contract with its chosen partner to redevelop more than 800 acres in St. Gabriel into a wetlands mitigation bank, which the center intends to leverage as a revenue generator and a teaching tool. After receiving two qualified offers for the project, the AgCenter tapped Spanish Lake Restoration to “finance, design, construct, create, enhance, operate and maintain the mitigation bank.”
Along with AFBF, Farmers for Free Trade, and other national farm organizations - we are asking Congress to bring the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) to a vote and to succesfully ratify this important trade agreement. National farm groups are rallying on the National Mall today, and we at LFBF want to follow this momentum by contacting our Representatives and Senators through grassroots engagement.
By Mike Strain D.V.M., Louisiana Comissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., praised the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which modernizes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which has been in place for over 25 years. “I’m pleased that Canada and Mexico have taken this important step in the right direction toward fair trade and increased market access for American farmers and ranchers,” Strain said.Read More