Michael Fruge wasn't expecting the call when he and his wife, Sarah, were stuck in traffic in Metairie, Louisiana. It was December 7, the last day of the 2018 Outlook Conference, and they were on their way to watch the Louisiana state high school football championship game in New Orleans after leaving San Diego, the site of this year's conference, early.Read More
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Residents in and around Bastrop in northeast Louisiana are invited to attend a Listening Session hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on January 17 at the LSU AgCenter Auditorium, located at 9606 Martlett Drive.Read More
By Dr. Christine Navarre, LSU AgCenter
One of the most common conditions occurring in show cattle is chronic bloat. Common feeding regimes of show animals, which include large amounts of high carbohydrate containing feeds with limited roughage, can cause rumentitis and lead to secondary chronic bloat problems.
The Beltwide Cotton Conference, coordinated by the National Cotton Council in Memphis, opens today at the New Orleans Marriott and will run through Thursday. The conference is designed to provide insight on current research and emerging technology in order to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency.Read More
By Jeff Zerengue, Louisiana Forestry Association
Running a family business can be a challenge, but it’s a rewarding one that third generation logger Randy Wilson wouldn’t have any other way. Strong family ties make for a strong business and, in Wilson’s case, helped Randall Wilson Logging Inc. become the Outstanding Louisiana Logger for 2018.
The 2019 Northwest Region Master Cattleman Classes will be held in Winnfield starting on March 4th. Classes will be held on Monday nights for ten weeks and will cover all aspects of beef cattle production. Cost to attend is $125 per person. The tuition fee covers curriculum, meals, metal farm sign upon completion of the course, and any class supplies. Deadline to register is February 15th.
The 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum will be held at the West Monroe Convention Center Jan. 18 in West Monroe, La. “The program will cover a wide range of topics, all of which are important to area timberland owners, forestry consultants and industry partners,” said LSU AgCenter forest and wildlife agent Luke Stamper.
By Maria Bampasidou, LSU AgCenter
Louisiana offers many opportunities for agritourism. The agritourism and recreational services industry grew substantially in the state from 2007 to 2012, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture reporting that the number of operations increased by 110 percent, from 170 to 361.
By Kyle Peveto, LSU AgCenter
Heather Hughes wasn’t familiar with the agritourism business when her family opened their pumpkin patch in Tangipahoa Parish about 15 years ago. “I just thought it was fun playing with the kids,” Hughes said. “I love to be outside, and it was just having fun letting the kids do the things we used to do.”
By Evelyn Watts, Thomas Hymel, LSU AgCenter
Catfish is one of the iconic seafood products of Louisiana, from wild-caught to farm-raised. Historically, as with other seafood products, catfish processing had been regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, in 2008, Congress moved jurisdiction over catfish to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service.
By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter
LSU AgCenter experts will present the latest research updates in corn, cotton and soybean production at the annual Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum set for Feb. 7 at the Delhi Convention Center. Forum topics will include insect and weed resistance management, cover crops and cover crop termination recommendations, wildlife damage management, 2018 Farm Bill highlights and commodity outlook updates.
Plenty of rain over the last two weeks during the holiday break. Offerings are very light and growers are searching for a market for their remaining pecans that are still available. Some offerings have been turned away due to excess moisture, sprouting and black rot.
By Kevin Savoie, Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
For the past 50 years, Louisiana Sea Grant has played a vital role in the coastal community, assisting with its expertise in the marine environment and helping the seafood industry maintain its essential role in the state’s economy.