Morganza Spillway Likely to be Opened for Third Time in History

By Jay Grimes, WAFB-TV 9, Baton Rouge

MORGANZA - With a forecast for additional rises along the Lower Mississippi River during the next two weeks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now anticipating the opening of the Morganza Spillway to accommodate the excess water. This will be only the third time the Corps has operated the spillway for flood management purposes. The last opening was in May of 2011.

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Boll Weevil Eradication Fees Going Down Again

The Boll Weevil Eradication Program in Louisiana was starred several years ago as part of a concentrated effort Belt Wide to once and for all eliminate that major pest from all cotton fields. And it worked. No boll weevils have been spotted anywhere in Louisiana in almost too long to count. Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain says the legislature has made a change in the funding of the program by eliminating the boll weevil fund.

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Hemp Growth Legalization Bill Clears Key Hurdle, but with a 'Tremendous Amount' of Regulations

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

A proposal to legalize the growth of hemp in Louisiana cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, but not before lawmakers added a long list of regulations and conditions to the industry and the sale of popular CBD products that are already widely available. State Sen. Francis Thompson, a self-described skeptic of hemp and CBD products and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, tacked an extensive list of amendments onto the bill before the committee cleared the legislation on a 5-2 vote.

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Seahawks’ Nose Tackle is Also a Farmer in Louisiana

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It’s always great to see people in the spotlight do something to really support farming and bring awareness to how modern agriculture works. Al Woods, a nine-year veteran nose tackle in the NFL, is one of those people. When he’s not prepping for games with the Seattle Seahawks, he working on his farm in the small town of Elton, Louisiana.

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Wetlands Education Featured at 4-H Training

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Tangipahoa Parish 4-H members were taught lessons in wetlands ecology recently at the Shell Training Center near Hammond. The goal of the pilot program is to teach the students more about wetlands and the importance of the marsh and coastal areas. The Shell Wetland Education Program develops and nurtures youth stewardship of natural Louisiana landscapes, said LSU AgCenter 4-H agent Joanna Pesson.

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Louisiana Chick Placements Up 13 Percent from Last Year

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.21 million during the week ending May 18, 2019. Placements were up 13 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but down 7 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.65 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending May 18 2019, up 1 percent from the same period last year but down 4 percent from the previous week.

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T.B. Porter: Louisiana’s Legendary First Rodeo Cowboy is a Tough Act to Follow

By Raymond Partsch III, Written for the LSWA

The man Shreveport Journal Sports Editor Jimmy Bullock called “the Pelican State’s Mr. Rodeo” brings that toughness to Natchitoches as the 2019 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class is inducted Saturday, June 8. The ceremony, live on Cox Sports Television from the sold-out Natchitoches Events Center, culminates a three-day Induction Celebration June 6-8. Visit LaSportsHall.com for details. Fittingly, Louisiana’s first pro rodeo cowboy is the first from his sport elected to the Hall.

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Mississippi River Reaches Record Flood Duration

By Greg Hilburn, The News-Star, Monroe

Never has the mighty Mississippi River been so high for so long in modern history, having reached a record for the number of consecutive days above flood stage at points throughout most of Louisiana. "I've never seen anything like it in my entire life," said 5th Louisiana Levee District President Reynold Minsky. "I'm on pins and needles until it falls below flood stage."

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Louisiana Eats: Meet Your Farmers

By Poppy Tooker, WWNO-FM 89.9, New Orleans

Louisiana Eats ventures from land to sea to learn where our food comes from and meet the people responsible for bringing the bounty to our table. We begin in Grand Isle, Louisiana, where we meet the Guerreros family of Grand Isle Sea Farms. Owner Marcos Guerrero and his son Boris welcome us aboard their compact bay boat for a morning out on the water to learn the process of oyster farming Louisiana-style.

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Louisiana Rice: Short Dry Period; Prevented Planting Info

By Dustin Harrell and Don Groth, LSU AgCenter Extension Rice Specialists

Louisiana has had a short reprieve from the recent frequent rainfall events this week. Daily high temperatures are in the mid to upper eighties and fields are beginning to dry enough to allow field work again. For rice fields that have not established the permanent flood, this is a welcome dry window. Many fields will be dry enough to spray and fertilize on Thursday and Friday of this week and this has growers, consultants, airplanes and commercial ground fertilizer and spray applicators busy. 

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Lafourche Sugars: Changing With the Times

By Sam Irwin, American Sugar Cane League

Lafourche Sugars, the sugarcane mill in Thibodaux, represents the changing nature of Louisiana’s 224-year old sugarcane industry. Many folks in the industry are the latest in a long line of sugarcane growers and millers, but modern agriculture, however, is driven by advances in science and technology. Sugarcane finds it must compete with newer technical industries for the top homegrown talent to manage the mechanics and science of the mill and the field.

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USDA Seeks Project Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. “These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in achieving greater wetland acreage and maximizing their benefits to farmers, ranchers and the local communities where wetlands exist,” said Tim Landreneau, acting state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Louisiana.

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