Louisiana Farm Bureau Donates Food & Cash to the Ronald McDonald House of Monroe

By Tammi Arender, KNOE-TV 8, Monroe

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Monroe and New Orleans receive food and other essentials from the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation in honor of “Our Food Link,” formerly National Food Checkout Week. “Our Food Link” is an initiative by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Farm Bureau that connects consumers to their sources of food and fiber. 

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Conservation Stewardship Program Sign Up Deadline Next Month for Louisiana Producers

Louisiana farmers and ranches are being reminded the next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is May 10, 2019. “CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Amanda Mathis, NRCS acting state conservationist in Louisiana.

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Good Dirt: Farming is a Family Tradition

By Bill Ellzey, Columnist, The Daily Comet, Lafourche Parish

Pecan trees, their delicious nuts treasured far beyond their sparse shade, came to Herdis Neil’s mind when he reflected on an adage from Sunday’s column. “One who plants trees knowing he will never enjoy their shade, understands the meaning of life.” Neil was reminded of his late grandfather James Neil, who continued even in his 80s, caring for tiny pecan trees, aware that it would be at least 20 years before they would bear nuts.

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Louisiana Farm Service Agency Newsletter - April 2019

Here we go again. We all recognize the rainfall and wet conditions that began last fall and continued through early March in much of the State; however, by the first week of April, a significant portion (over 66%) of the State was abnormally dry. Mother Nature is an awesome force. The good news about that dry spell is that it allowed significant field work to be completed, rice and corn was planted, sugar was worked, and significant acres were repaired from the damage incurred during last year’s harvest.

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Sheriff's Office Says Lightning Killed Bull in Louisiana, Not a Bullet

LINCOLN PARISH - The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office (LPSO) says lightning killed a pet bull in Lincoln Parish instead of a bullet. According to LPSO, they began investigating the death of a bull at a property located on Graham Road in the Simsboro area of Lincoln Parish on April 8, 2019. Initially it appeared that this bull was possibly killed by being shot in the right eye. 

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.22 million during the week ending April 20, 2019. Placements were up 22 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but down 3 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.85 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending April 20 2019, up 7 percent from the same period last year and up slightly from the previous week.

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Louisiana-Named Fungus Troubles Wheat Crop

By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter

While Louisiana can boast of many things — great food, fun festivals and places famous for history and hospitality — having a Louisiana-named fungus is not likely to top the list. Fusarium louisianense is a fungal species found in Jefferson Davis Parish and is only one of many species that can wreak havoc on wheat, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Boyd Padgett.

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Louisiana Environmental Regulators Craft Program to Allow Buying and Selling Pollution Credits

By Steve Hardy, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

Farms and industrial plants that discharge pollutants into Louisiana wetlands and waterways will soon have a new system to buy and sell pollution credits. State officials said the idea behind pollution credits was inspired by carbon trading programs intended to curb air pollution. But some environmental watchdogs are skeptical of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's plan, officially called the Water Quality Trading program.

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Time to Fast-Track Infrastructure Legislation

By Paul Aucoin and D. Paul Robichaux, Opinion Contributors, TheHill.com

As the largest port by tonnage in the Western Hemisphere, the Port of South Louisiana plays a critical role in the free flow of goods between the United States and our trading partners across the globe. In Louisiana, our port system is responsible for more than 500,000 jobs and $182 billion dollars of annual global economic output. Every year, over $21 billion in agriculture exports are shipped through Louisiana’s port system; shipments grew rapidly in 2017 and 2018. 

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How Legal Hemp Could Change the Game for Home Builders and Farmers in Louisiana

By Missy Wilkinson, Nola.curbed.com

Louisiana’s 2019 legislative session is underway, and a bill by Rep. Clay Schexnayder would legalize industrial hemp as authorized by the recently passed Farm Bill. ”Industrial hemp is an alternative specialty high value crop with the potential to create new industries and enhance economic development for Louisiana,” Schexnayder stated in a press release.

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Syrup Production for Fuels & Chemicals from Bagasse

By Giovanna M. Aita, Fang Deng, Patrisha Bugayong, Saeed Oladi and Dae-Yeol Cheong, LSU AgCenter

Bagasse is the solid residue that remains after the extraction of juice from crops such as sugarcane, energy cane and sorghum. It is a promising renewable resource that can be used in the production of a syrup feedstock with great potential in the processing of fuels (for example, ethanol, butanol), polymers, microbial lipids and other chemicals.

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