Agriculture Census Countdown Begins for Farmers and Ranchers

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  The census, which is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), will be mailed at the end of this year to all states and is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.


LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist to Retire

By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network

LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy is going to retire later this month after working with Louisiana soybean farmers for quite a number of years.“I guess my highlight has been being able to work with some of the good producers throughout the state and to see the accomplishments that they have made in production,” said Levy.

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Jack Dillard: It's Time to Plant Corn in Ark-La-Tex

By Jack Dillard, Shreveport Times

As I was doing some reading before this column was written, the fact jumped out that it is time to get corn planted in the mid-west and the Ark-La-Tex. We do an auction in San Patrico County (Sinton, Texas) in late January and the first of February or at least by the middle of the month they have the milo and corn being planted and cotton by late February.


Louisiana's Amelia Kent Selected for AFBF PAL Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An outstanding group of young farm and ranch leaders have been selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation as the organization’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. AFBF created the PAL curriculum as a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, in public speaking, in congressional testimony and other advocacy arenas.


Strain Meets with Presidential Ag Adviser and EPA

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., returned from Washington D.C. Wednesday evening following meetings with high ranking federal administrators. Strain met with Ray Starling who serves as President Donald Trump’s special assistant for agriculture, trade and food assistance and with Scott Pruitt who is the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Five Teenagers Arrested for Cruelty and Theft of Horses in St. Landry Parish

BATON ROUGE – Five St. Landry Parish teenagers ranging in age from 13-16 years old are accused of stealing two horses and tack from Dominique’s Stockyard in Opelousas on April 4, 2017. Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission say the horses were stolen from the stockyard.