Truth in Labeling Bill Aims to Help Louisiana Dairy Farmers

By Jeff Ferrell, KSLA-TV 12, Shreveport

SHREVEPORT - Truth in labeling is expected to become a potentially big issue this legislative session down in Baton Rouge. It all centers around the definition of milk. The dairy industry is all but vanishing right before our eyes in Louisiana. There used to be well over a thousand dairies, but now there are fewer than 100 statewide. Now, the milk industry is getting some help in the form of a bill filed for this year's legislative session that just got underway this week.

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Increased Cotton Acreage Calls for Number Crunching

By Ron Smith, Delta Farm Press

Although nationwide, 2019 cotton acreage is expected to increase only slightly — 2.9 percent — over 2018, the Mid-South is poised to add 13.6 percent more cotton, led by Louisiana’s 22.2 percent jump in estimated acreage, moving from 195,000 acres last year to an estimated 238,000. An acreage increase that significant could mean a lot of farmers are either getting back into cotton or planting it for the first time, says Dr. Michael Deliberto, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge.

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USDA Announces Sign-Up Period for Updated Conservation Stewardship Program

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is May 10, 2019. CSP is offered in Louisiana through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes. 

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Timber Market Turndown Concerns Louisiana Landowners

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Forest landowners voiced concerns about a lack of mills where they can sell their crop during the Florida Parishes Forestry Forum April 5. The meeting came as landowners grapple with an overall downturn in the timber market — the effects of which have been compounded locally by the recent partial closure of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill north of Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.31 million during the week ending April 6, 2019. Placements were up 12 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but down slightly from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.65 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending April 6, 2019, down 2 percent from the same period last year but unchanged from the previous week.

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Louisiana Corn Fields Flooded

By Dan Fromme, State Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Cotton Specialist, LSU AgCenter

During the past week, corn fields have received in excess of 4-6 inches in the northern corn growing areas of Louisiana. Many of these corn fields range from having seed that has just started the germination process through the 2-3 leaf stage. Corn is extremely vulnerable to flooding prior to the 6- leaf stage or when the growing point is near or below the soil surface.

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Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board Meets Today

The purpose for our meeting will be to approve and rank nominations to the United Soybean Board (USB).  The LSGRPB nominates individuals to the US Secretary of Agriculture, USDA, for appointment to serve as a Board member on the USB. We will need to nominate two individuals and rank our nominations for the one USB position that is up for reappointment at this time.

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Making Sugar in Louisiana: Much More Than Meets the Eye

By Chris Hogan, Sugar Association Vice President of Communications

If you spend much time with folks who work in the sugar industry, you learn a few things pretty quickly. Sugar is not simply a crop or an ingredient, nor even just a livelihood, for the thousands of farmers who grow and process sugar beets and sugar cane. It’s a passion. It’s tradition. Often, it’s a family business, stretching back multiple generations.

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Looking to the Future in Branch: What’s Your Story?

By Daniel Phillips, KATC-TV 3, Lafayette

We found ourselves sitting in a dry office with Michael Fruge. “My brother and I both grew up on this farm in Branch,” says Fruge “We grew up driving tractors and working equipment.” Michael has been in the farming business most of his life, even if for a little while he didn’t think that would be the case.

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