Louisiana Governor: Upriver Floods a Disaster for Fisheries

By Janey McConnaughey, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he’s asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. The fresh water has driven crabs, shrimp and fish out of bays and marshes and into saltier water where they can survive. But oysters are stuck — glued to the bottom.

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Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. to Lease Louisiana Elevators from Agspring

MANDEVILLE - Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (“CGB”), a leader in the grain and transportation industries since 1970, is pleased to announce it has signed a definitive agreement to lease eight facilities located in the heart of the deep south from Big River Rice and Grain, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agspring. Big River Rice and Grain, formed in 2013 through acquisition, is headquartered in Pioneer, Louisiana, centrally located among facilities in Delhi, Mer Rouge, Monticello, Lake Providence, and Crowville, Louisiana.

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Abraham, Iraqi Trade Minister Discuss Agriculture Trade

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, met with Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Hashim Abdul-Majeed Jasim and Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Fareed Yasseen at his Washington office on Thursday. Abraham and the Iraqi trade delegation discussed ways they could further enhance a trade relationship between the two countries, particularly regarding US agriculture exports.

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LSU AgCenter Rice, Soybean Tour Set for July 9 in St. Joseph

ST JOSEPH — A row rice and soybean tour will be held July 9 at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station at 4589 Hwy. 605 in St. Joseph. “This event offers a focused programming effort targeting row rice production methods, which have gained interest in the northern part of the state, while providing crop management updates that producers need at this time,” said AgCenter regional director Melissa Cater.

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Duncan Family Nominated for YF&R Achievement Award

By Lacey Dodson, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Robert and Rachel Duncan, along with their 9-month old daughter Wrigley, embody the spirit of a young farm family. They farm soybeans, grow and sell their own hay and have around 200 head of cattle. Something that sets this family apart is the custom beef they recently started raising and selling. The young couple from Boyce, La. has been named one of three finalists that have been nominated for the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award for their in dedication in the agriculture industry.

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Mississippi River's Record High Water Wreaks Havoc on River Traffic and Commerce in South Louisiana

By Anthony McAuley, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

The Mississippi River’s record high-water season, which is stretching into its seventh month, is wreaking havoc on commerce and river traffic up and down the waterway’s 2,300-plus miles. The historic flooding has not only inundated millions of acres of agricultural land — including Louisiana farmland — and caused widespread damage to levees, dams, bridges and roads. It has also put enormous strains on the commercial river traffic that is a lifeblood of American industry.

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As Louisiana Bans "Fake Meat" Labels, Tyson Foods Enters the Market

By Caitie Burkes, Baton Rouge Business Report

Louisiana is among a slew of states, including Missouri and South Dakota, that have passed legislation against “fake meat” being labeled as meat at a time when more producers are entering the alternative meat market. Farmers and ranchers have been promoting “real meat” laws in several states this year, Governing reports, saying only animal-based products can be called meat.

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Economist Sees Favorable Rice Price Outlook

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

An LSU AgCenter economist had good news for rice farmers at the Vermilion Parish rice field day on June 11. “Optimism is high that with recaptured market share in core markets, the outlook for rice is positive from a price standpoint,” said Michael Deliberto. He told farmers American rice has become more competitive, which could allow the U.S. to regain market share in Latin America.

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Smokey Bear Birthday Challenge

BATON ROUGE – Smokey Bear turns 75 August 9, 2019. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is taking part in a social media challenge to throw Smokey a pre-birthday bash. “When you’re everyone’s favorite bear, you deserve to party all year long! Funny thing is, Smokey doesn’t look like he’s aged one bit,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

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Caughern Family Nominated for Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award

By Lacey Dodson, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Adam and Megan Caughern find success in bailing hay, trucking cotton, shipping grain, raising beef cattle and all while taking care of their nine-month old son, Caleb. That’s part of why this couple from Gilliam, La. is one of three finalists for the 2019 Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement award for their personal growth and involvement in the agriculture industry.  With all of their responsibilities on their plate, it’s hard to believe that they’re first-generation farmers.

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