Mill Closure an Issue for Louisiana Loggers & Local Economy

Dr. Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter

A major paper mill closed its fine paper production unit near Baton Rouge, and it is causing a major concern for forestry operations in the area. An economic analysis indicates it will have more than a $200 million-effect on the local economy the first year. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story.

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Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission Expects Increased Sweet Potatoes Prices

By Keith Loria, The Produce News

Wet weather negatively affected the 2018 Louisiana sweet potato growing season causing some crops to go unharvested. “We’re expecting not to have a surplus by any means,” said René Simon, director of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, based in Baton Rouge, LA. “I don’t believe there’s going to be an oversupply of sweet potatoes in 2019. In fact, I think that there’s going to be a shortage.”

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AgCenter Research Featured at National Conservation Conference

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE — LSU AgCenter scientists and researchers were among the presenters at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown said a new product to control soybean loopers infects the larvae with a virus that kills the pest and spreads naturally across soybean fields.

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LSU AgCenter Scientist Named Researcher of the Year

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson received the Soybean and Corn Researcher of the Year award at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference on Jan. 31. Stephenson, based at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and his doctorate in weed science from the University of Arkansas.

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Elton FFA Chapter Turns Students Into Community Leaders

By Kacie Hulshof, Staff Writer, AgDaily.com

Tucked away in Louisiana, you will find the small town of Elton. In that town is a hard-working FFA chapter that is setting the way for the future of agriculture. With an FFA chapter that includes 73 members, and growing, the Elton FFA Chapter does all they can to help out their rural community.

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