Strawberry Season Arrives With Tasty Fruit

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE — For those who wait patiently for those big, juicy Louisiana strawberries each year, the wait is over. Growers in the Florida Parishes have begun picking, and the weather is working in their favor. LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Mary Helen Ferguson said some growers in Tangipahoa Parish are starting to pick berries.

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USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Louisiana Impacted by Natural Disasters

ALEXANDRIA — Louisiana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in Washington Parish, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by a tornado that occurred on Nov. 1, 2018.

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Louisiana Strong: Layers of Support Contribute to Tap Parker's Success

By Carroll Smith, Cotton Farming Magazine

Thomas “Tap” Parker says he always loved everything about farming but did not step into a large, multi-generational operation. His mother and father, Marie “Tweet” and Bill, owned 300 acres of farmland near Lake Providence, Louisiana, along with a small gas station and fuel distributorship. “After my father died when I was 12 years old, my mom rented the farm to Troyce Dukes, a local farmer who worked it until I graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1985 with a degree in ag business,” Parker says.

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4-H Participant Readies His Animal for Livestock Shows

Dr. Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter

Across Louisiana, 4-H’ers are showing their animals at local livestock shows with aspirations to qualify for the state show. While pygmy goats are one of the smaller show animals, it still takes a big effort to get them ready for the competition. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux tells us how one 4-H’er preps his goat for showing

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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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