Louisiana’s Hardwicks Increasing Sustainability Through Technology

By Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press

When a conflict kept Louisiana cotton producer Ted Schneider from being a presenter at the 22ndannual Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference in Baton Rouge, La., this year, Marshall Hardwick stepped up to the plate. Hardwick Planting Company on Somerset Plantation, located in Tensas Parish in the northeast corner of the Bayou State, is home to Marshall and his family. To say the Hardwicks have a long farming history on one of the most sustainable operations in Louisiana would be quite an understatement.

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Borlaug Fellow Shares Rice Research Findings

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

A participant in a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellowship program spent 10 weeks working in an LSU AgCenter laboratory to develop higher quality rice varieties to be used in Malaysia. Malaysian rice breeder Acga Cheng, of the University of Malaya, gave a presentation Feb. 12 on her work during the time she spent at the AgCenter through the USDA-sponsored Borlaug Fellowship Program.

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99.9 % of Foreign Fish Goes Without Testing for Unsafe Drugs; Hurts Louisiana Seafood Industry

Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik, InvestigateTV

VENICE, LA - Nearly every piece of seafood in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants comes from another country, but our government only looks at a tiny fraction to make sure it’s safe. But when they do test, they find contaminated fish that could harm consumers, InvestigateTV has found.

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H-2B Worker Program & the Louisiana Seafood Processing Industry

One of every 70 jobs in Louisiana is related to seafood. Seafood is part of the cultural and culinary identity of the state. Crawfish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, alligator and finfish are produced and processed in Louisiana. Also, Louisiana is the only state commercially producing alligator products, and the crawfish industry competes in the world market.

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Cheneyville Man Among Inductees into Agriculture Hall of Distinction

KALB-TV 5, Alexandria

The sixth annual Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction honors this year’s inductees on March 7. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. Grady Coburn, of Cheneyville, is one of the state’s earliest crop consultants and contract researchers. Over the past 40 years, he’s had an integral role in increasing producer profitability.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.15 million during the week ending February 9, 2019. Placements were up 2 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but down 1 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.74 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending February 9, 2019, up 4 percent from the same period last year but down 1 percent from the previous week.

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Deadline for Market Facilitation Program is Tomorrow

Louisiana Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments. 

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Walmart Foundation Awards $1M to Rice Stewardship Partnership

More farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana can reduce groundwater use thanks to a new grant from the Walmart Foundation.  The $1 million dollar grant complements $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support on-farm work through the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership. 

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