Feral Swine Eradication Grants Available

Have a feral hog problem? Few do not, but for landowners in 10 Louisiana parishes, there could be help through a federal grant to be part of a feral swine eradication and control pilot project through NRCS and APHIS. Louisiana is one of 10 states that will participate in a feral swine eradication and control pilot project through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).


Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus.


Louisiana Milk Production Down 7 Percent from Previous Quarter

Louisiana milk production during the April - June 2019 quarter was 37.0 million pounds, down 14 percent from the same period in 2018 and down 7 percent from the January - March quarter. The average number of milk cows on farms during the quarter was 10,500 head, 1,000 head lower than the same period last year and 500 head lower than the previous quarter.


New Homegrown by Heroes Logo Representing Female Veterans

BATON ROUGE – The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) recently revamped its state collaborated Homegrown by Heroes labels with the inclusion of a female service member to complement the existing male figure. Currently, 12 states, including Louisiana, are participating in the program which brings awareness to consumers of agricultural products that are produced by U.S. military veterans.


Louisiana Sugarcane Crop Poised for Good Harvest Despite Hurricane Barry

ST. GABRIEL — After escaping Hurricane Barry with minimal damage, the Louisiana sugarcane crop seems to be on track for another successful harvest. Barry, a Category 1 hurricane that made landfall July 13 near Vermilion Bay, delivered anywhere from 3 to 14 inches of rain across the sugarcane belt in south Louisiana. “We were pretty dry, so actually, people were looking for a little bit of rain,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.


A Sugarcane Experiment in Louisiana, Years in the Making, Released This Month for Farmers

By Ellyn Couvillion, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

ST. GABRIEL — In a sense, two new sugar cane varieties announced at a public gathering this week were more than a century years in the making. The crossbred cane, developed at LSU's sugar research station in St. Gabriel and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's station in Houma, started as experimental seedlings among thousands of others years ago.


The Shocking Lack of Lawyers in Rural America

By Jessica Pishko, The Atlantic

LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, a rural agricultural region, is in almost the exact center of the state. In Louisiana, a parish is the equivalent of a county. LaSalle is marked with creeks and rivers that have been rerouted to make space for fast-food restaurants and trailer parks. The biggest town is Jena, with a population of just over 3,000, where one-story clapboard buildings have been constructed around a small downtown.


Officials: Hurricane Barry Farm Damage Fairly Local

By Associated Press

CROWLEY — Some Louisiana farmers say they’ve never seen storm damage worse than Hurricane Barry left behind, but the LSU AgCenter says that statewide crop damage was minimal. AgCenter and federal Farm Service Agency workers are checking crop damage, and it could be a few weeks before assessments are complete, state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said in a news release Thursday.


Hurricane Barry Flooded Some Louisiana Farms; Extent of Damage Still Being Assessed

By Kristen Mosbrucker, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

Some major crops in Louisiana were impacted by heavy rains during Hurricane Barry in late July. Some soybeans and rice fields were flooded in addition to damage to corn crops and sugar cane fields, according to specialists at the LSU AgCenter who reached out to farmers. Rice plants were underwater near Oberlin and Ville Platte in addition to Bunkie and Simmesport.


Hurricane Barry Caused Up to $900M in Property Damage, Analytics Firm Estimates

By Greg Hilburn, The News-Star, Monroe

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said his agency, the LSU AgCenter and the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency are also conducting crop damage assessments. “I’ve also been in communication with top officials from the USDA and Gov. Edwards to discuss a possible secretarial disaster designation to ensure our agriculture industry is protected,” Strain said.


Farming, Love Caused Career Change For Julie Richard

By Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press

Julie Baker was laser focused on her career. She earned an undergraduate degree in animal science, and a master’s degree and Ph.D., in human resource education, with a minor in ag policy from Louisiana State University. She worked in a dean’s office at LSU for six years handling recruitment and retention duties. She left after accepting a position with the Louisiana Farm Bureau.