The Latest News in Louisiana Agriculture
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested two juveniles for a second time in connection with cruelty and theft of two horses.Read More
BATON ROUGE – Hurricane season is quickly approaching and there are already signs of a possible tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico. While there is no impact expected in Louisiana at this time, the situation could change as the weekend approaches depending on the track of the storm.Read More
By Maranda Whittington, KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles
Governor John Bel Edwards wants increased sales taxes to bridge the budget gap, but if lawmakers don't agree to tax hikes state funding would be slashed. One agency that could be hit hard would be the LSU AgCenter.
Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 2.83 million during the week ending May 19, 2018. Placements were down 11 percent from the comparable week in 2017 and down 6 percent from the previous week.
Planting is wrapping up for all of Louisiana's major row crops, but reports from across the state show that dry conditions are starting to take a toll, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report.
“Most crops are becoming drought stressed at this point. A general rain is needed. Some spotty showers have offered some relief. Livestock pastures are short on forages and hay cuttings are light. Some cattle producers are already feeding fresh baled hay."
Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter
BATON ROUGE — After a lengthy search, the LSU AgCenter has named Gillian Eggleston director of the Audubon Sugar Institute. The institute, located in St. Gabriel, is a research facility that also offers educational programs for the sugarcane industry.
Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson said while the bill’s failure is disappointing, he remains hopeful positive legislation will get passed this year. “We still have a chance to get this bill through this year, which will help Louisiana farmers and ranchers by giving them certainty as to government policy,” Anderson said.Read More
WASHINGTON — Facing the risk of a mutually harmful trade war, the world's two biggest economies have put their differences on hold. And while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicted big increases in agriculture and energy related sales to the Chinese market — moves that could benefit Louisiana farmers and businesses — trade experts said it's too soon to know what will happen.
BATON ROUGE—Incomes, immigration and advocacy will dominate the discussion when Louisiana farmers, ranchers and landowners gather in New Orleans for the 96th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.Read More
By Josh Meny, KATC-TV 3, Lafayette
"It's probably the best rice I have seen in many years. And, the low 90's and upward 80's during the day with low cloud cover and the cooler temperatures in the low seventies and uppers seventies is just perfect for growing rice. In fact, some of the best we've had in the last three years," explained Dr. Harrell.
Crawfish lovers gathered at the Capitol Hill Club last Wednesday night to savor authentic Louisiana cuisine at "Crawfish on Capitol Hill," an annual event that promotes Louisiana-style camaraderie and food culture in D.C.Read More