Republican Whip Congressman Scalise Talks About Farming, Research During Lubbock Visit

By Julie Castaneda, KCBD-TV 11, Lubbock, Texas

LUBBOCK, TX - Republican Whip Congressman Steve Scalise traveled from Louisiana on Thursday to meet with Texas District 19 Representative Jodey Arrington and talk about agriculture research on the Texas Tech University campus. Arrington and Scalise worked on the farm bill together. Scalise said Arrington helped put cotton back on that bill.

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Hey California: Eat More Louisiana Alligators

By Greg Hilburn, The News-Star, Monroe

Members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation are asking California lawmakers to remove an impending ban on the sale of alligator products there, which they said threatens an important industry in the bayous and on farms. Louisiana has the largest alligator population in America. Hunters harvest more than 28,000 wild alligators here annually, and farmers harvest more than 280,000, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Young Advocates Storm Washington for Agriculture

By Clinton Griffiths, AgDay TV

"I learned that you have to figure out what they're passionate about and what their story is and [it's about] really connecting that with your personal story," says Irene Lewis of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "We're seeing how we can advocate not for just agriculture but for the greater good of our country." She's in Washington D.C. on behalf of the MANRRS program. For her and others, advocating for ag is a new found passion.

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Bastrop Conducting Feasibility Study for Aquaponics Farm

By Brittany Wilson, Bastrop Daily Enterprise

Bastrop Mayor Henry Cotton recently announced that the city of Bastrop is conducting a feasibility study at the old Ditto Garment Plant to explore the possibility of turning the building into an aquaponics farm. According to theaquaponicssource.com, aquaponics is the combining of aquaculture, or fish raising, and hydroponics, which is the process of growing plants without soil, into one integrated system.

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2019 Small Farmers Conference Hosted by Southern University Ag Center

By Travis Spradling, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

The 2019 Louisiana Small Farmers Conference was hosted recently by the Southern University Ag Center at the school's F.G. Clark Activity Center. Upcoming areas of interest in farming and the many challenges affecting small farming operations, including rains in the last year that made it difficult to harvest many crops in Louisiana, were addressed by Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, DVM, and keynote speaker Randolph Joseph, Jr.

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Crawfish Prices Looking a Pinch Better in Capital City Area

BATON ROUGE - Crawfish prices are seeing a slow but steady decline in the capital area right now. According to WBRZ's Crawfish Price Index, the average price for boiled crawdads saw another small drop this week. Despite the average price hanging around $5.13 per pound, you can still get a pound for as low as $4.29 at some of the more popular spots in the capital area.

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Timber Markets Face Challenges

By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter

Market opportunities, management practices and tax incentives were among the topics presented at the 34th Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum held March 12 at the LSU Shreveport University Center. “It’s not what you want to grow or how you want to grow it, but who is going to take it,” said LSU AgCenter forest economist Shaun Tanger, addressing about 75 timber landowners and forestry industry representatives.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.29 million during the week ending March 16, 2019. Placements were up 19 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and up 1 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.77 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending March 16, 2019, up 3 percent from the same period last year but down 1 percent from the previous week.

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Flooding Covers Nebraska While Louisiana Struggles to Contain the Mighty Mississippi

Flooding Covers Nebraska While Louisiana Struggles to Contain the Mighty Mississippi

Massive rainfall combined with the melting of an above-normal winter snowfall has put farms and ranches under water in many areas of Nebraska. All of that water will eventually make its way down the Mississippi River to Louisiana, where it is already above flood stage in some areas. “In those areas adjacent to the river we’re watching for seepage,” said Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain. “We’re watching for sand boils, where the water comes under the levee and starts coming out on the other side.”

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