DENVER - Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture last night announced the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Sustainability Leadership Awards. The Alliance honored Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Agrible and General Mills, Inc. with the 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award and presented the 2018 Farmer of the Year Award to Louisiana cotton farmer Jay Hardwick.
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By Chandler Watkins, KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles
JEFF DAVIS PARISH - Could colder temperatures earlier in the year affect Southwest Louisiana farmers? “We live and die by weather. Seriously and literally," says Kevin Berken, a rice farmer. "So whether we make it or not we have to take what the good Lord gives us and that’s it.”
“Continued rainfall made it difficult to harvest the sugarcane crop that was ready. Wet conditions wreaked havoc on fields, which will have to be fixed once they dry. Pecan producers are still waiting for some drier weather so they can get into the orchards to pick whatever pecans did not get washed away with the rain.”
By Anna Denton, KALB-TV 5, Alexandria
VERNON PARISH - A Vernon Parish couple is taking a new approach to farming by selling their own produce online. Leesville couple Patti and Fredie Manes have spent years teaching themselves the ins and outs of farming, trial, and error leading them to where they are now.
Tickets are now available for the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’ Annual Scholarship Gala. The fundraising event will be held at the Raising Cane’s River Center, 275 River Road South, in Baton Rouge on Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.Read More
By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport
Always popular, as far as “contests go,” is the guessing of when the first day in the fall that our area will have a “killing frost or first freeze.” Last Wednesday, in an advanced weather prediction, 32 degrees is being predicted for Wednesday the 14th. Now all we have to do is wait until Wednesday and see.
BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated three Louisiana parishes as contiguous disaster areas as the result of excessive rain and flooding that happened between April 1 to June 30, 2018, said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Rain is not slowing down the 2018 Louisiana sugarcane harvest, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released this week. The report shows cane harvest now 46 percent done, right on pace with the 46 percent five-year average.
By Tommy Comeaux, Plaquemine Post South
To the uninformed, Cora Texas Manufacturing Company near White Castle looks like most plants in Iberville Parish. Except for the line of sugar cane trucks during the 100-day period farmers and employees of Cora Tex call “the grind.”
By Tobie Blanchard & Sarah Elizabeth Bernard, LSU AgCenter
BATON ROUGE — The LSU AgCenter hosted an agricultural delegation from the Czech Republic earlier this month to see how the LSU AgCenter brings value to the state of Louisiana. Visitors included two representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, two scientists from the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information and one professor from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.
BATON ROUGE – Madison Parish residents are invited to attend a Listening Session hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus and the U. S. Department of Agriculture from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on November 15 at the Tallulah-Madison Community Center, located at 800 N. Beech St., in Tallulah, La.Read More
DENVER – Staying a step ahead in the cattle industry is no small challenge. Cattlemen and women looking to find that extra step will be attending the 2019 Cattlemen’s College in New Orleans, La., Jan. 29-30.Read More
Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.35 million during the week ending November 10, 2018. Placements were up 17 percent from the comparable week in 2017 and up 7 percent from the previous week.