US Rice Industry Reviews Pillars of Improvements

By Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press

In 2017, Dr. Steve Linscombe retired from the Louisiana State University Rice Research Center after 35 years of service, but he has much more he wants to do for the industry that fueled his career for so long. Linscombe, a world renowned and respected rice breeder and researcher with over 30 varietal releases to his credit, knows that when one door closes, another one usually opens, and for him, that door led to an opportunity to become the new executive director of The Rice Foundation.

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Shreveport Green's FEAST! for 200 was, well, a Feast

By Maggie Martin, The Times, Shreveport

Farmers who grow the food and chefs who prepare it their way were headliners who were honored for their work at Shreveport Green's FEAST! The farm-to-table fab sellout affair was originally scheduled for Provenance Park.  Although It didn't rain on the fundraiser's parade, Green Executive Director Donna Curtis, FEAST! Chief Margaret Elberson and Assistant Chief Clare Williams were concerned about early weather forecasts predicting rain, so they moved dinner inside the club house.

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Louisiana Family Wins Property Fight over Endangered Frog Habitat

A Louisiana family settled its six-year battle with federal bureaucrats who had attempted to claim its property under the auspices of the Endangered Species Act—to protect a frog that hasn’t been seen in the region for half a century. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana agreed to dismiss the Fish and Wildlife Service‘s de facto seizure of 1,544 acres from Edward Poitevent and his family after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the agency in a related case and remanded it back to the lower court.

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Mississippi Lawsuit Raises Questions About Louisiana’s 'Truth in Labeling' Law

By David Jacobs, The Center Square

A new Mississippi law went into effect July 1 that bans using terms associated with meat for non-meat products. Think “veggie burger” or “vegan hot dog.” A lawsuit quickly followed, on the heels of a similar lawsuit in Missouri. Louisiana lawmakers recently passed a similar "truth in labeling" law. 

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Letters: Trump's Trade War With China Will Continue, Further Hurting Louisiana in the Process

By Jerry Hingle and Gary Meltz, International Trade Associates, New Orleans

During the recent Democratic Presidential debates, the unanimity of opinion on China was almost shocking. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stated: “…I think the president has been right to push back on China” and the U.S should mobilize the rest of the world in pushing back on its mercantilist trade policies.

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Raceland Raw Sugar: Good Crops + Good Management = Extreme Sugar

By Sam Irwin, Public Relations Director, American Sugar Cane League

Dan Duplantis Jr.’s job search pretty much ended the day he was born 51 years ago. It seems he was destined to work in the sugarcane industry and it’s no surprise he ended up being the general manager of Raceland Raw Sugar, the sugarcane mill in Lafourche Parish just north of the town of Raceland. "My father (Dan Duplantis Sr.) started working in sugar in 1968 when I was born,” Duplantis said. "I’m fourth generation.

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AgFax: More Rice Heading in Louisiana

“Surprisingly, rice is very clean, with few weed issues, and we’re fortunate in that respect. We have rice at three stages and some will start heading this week. The thing I like about rice is that it’s so forgiving – you can start with a mess and end up clean…sometimes. The first 350 acres of hybrid rice we planted is heading now, and I’m picking up a lot of rice stink bugs in it.”

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AgFax: Plant Bugs Migrating Into Louisiana Cotton Fields

"We're fighting plant bugs pretty hard. A lot of corn has either dried down or is in the process, so plant bugs are migrating from corn into cotton. A big portion of our cotton is at bloom or will be before next week. All of that means more applications are going out. We're seeing large numbers of aphids in cotton, too. Guys are typically taking plant bugs and aphids out with Transform at the same time.”

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Southern University Ag Professor Selected as Next Chair of the Louisiana Society of American Foresters

BATON ROUGE – Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D., Professor and Program Leader for Urban Forestry and Natural Resources in the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and the Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has been selected as the next State Chair for the Louisiana Society of American Foresters (SAF).

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Southern University Plays Hosts to Potential Future Agricultural Leaders

BATON ROUGE. – The Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences hosted 26 high school seniors and incoming college freshman for three weeks during the college’s annual Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Program. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

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Louisiana Field Reports: Crops Make Good Progress, Early Harvest Nears

“Showers with some high winds and heavy rains forced growers out of the fields last week but replenished needed soil moisture. Sugarcane rust continued to linger in some fields but cane was starting to make good growth. Sugarcane borer pressure was high in some fields. Stink bugs showed up in soybean fields. Fig harvest was in full swing. Crawfish growers were starting to plant rice in ponds.”

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Meet the Landry Family - Sugar Cane and Courage

By Brianne Hendricks, Acadiana Lifestyle

Sugarcane, courage and connections. For five generations the Landry family farmers have known Louisiana’s soil better than most, supplying millions of pounds of sugar per year to store shelves from right here in Acadiana, on land that has been farmed for decades. Situated in Loreauville, the appropriately named Loreauville Harvesting, ran by the Landry family, farms over 2,300 acres of land in Iberia Parish and 300 acres in St. Martin Parish.

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