New Training Program Available for Beginning Farmers in New Orleans

Beginner farmers in New Orleans have the option of a free yearlong training program called Grow Louisiana. Louisiana State University’s AgCenter is offering the program starting in January, funded with a federal grant. Interested farmers may apply through Dec. 14 online. Eligible farmers include those with fewer than 10 years of experience, including farmers just getting started.


Sugarcane Farmers Having Difficulty Harvesting Due to Weather Conditions

By Sylvia Masters, KLFY-TV 10, Lafayette

Mother nature is affecting the harvesting of sugarcane in Vermilion Parish. Sugarcane farmers are having trouble because of recent weather conditions. Brothers Donny and Monte Vallot with Vallot Farms say this sugarcane harvest season is one of the most difficult they've experienced in a long time. 


Harold Schexnayder's Augusta Road Open Kettle Sugar Cane Syrup

By Sam Irwin, American Sugarcane League

Retired sugarcane farmer Harold Schexnayder Sr, 85, of White Castle, has been a public servant for his country, state, parish and community for a good portion of his life. Even though his military, political, farming and researching days are long over, he still provides a very important service for his friends, family and stockholders: he produces a batch of Augusta Road Open Kettle Sugar Syrup every year.    


Jack Dillard: Get Into the Spirit by Visiting Merket’s Christmas Tree Farm

By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport

If you are feeling a touch of Christmas season, that’s OK as December has arrived along with some chilly weather recently. It was last week when I went along with my son, his wife and family on a trip to choose a Christmas tree at the Christmas Tree Plantation near Beckville, Texas, which assured Christmas 2018 was nearing, and with a great granddaughter (5-year-old) provided a guarantee the season is not far away.


Field Day Highlights Agriculture Careers

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

More than 50 students attended the LSU AgCenter Southwest Regional Agricultural Career Day on Nov. 29 to learn about career options available to them after they finish their education. The students from seven parishes heard about four agriculture career possibilities: agricultural engineering, renewable natural resources, agriculture education and extension, and environment and coastal management.