Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.25 million during the week ending July 6, 2019. Placements were up slightly from the comparable week in 2018 but down 2 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.68 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending July 6, 2019, down 1 percent from the same period last year but up 9 percent from the previous week.
The Latest News in Louisiana Agriculture
By Anthony McAuley, NOLA.com
A California rice sale to China two weeks ago is a big breakthrough for rice growers and could finally open a huge market to Louisiana growers, officials said. China, the largest market for rice in the world, has been shut to the U.S. even before the recent trade war, which has seen tariffs of up to 26% on U.S. rice imports. For years, China stalled on giving U.S. rice the official stamp of approval, though last year a Chinese delegation toured U.S. rice mills and certified many of them for exports.
ST. LOUIS — The United Soybean Board’s commitment to improve market conditions for farmers hits a new bottom — the Mississippi River bottom. USB has approved funding to support environmental assessments (research) and education of this important improvement to our infrastructure system located near the Port of New Orleans.Read More
By Dr. Carrie Castille, Louisiana Director, USDA Rural Development
Many small rural businesses and agricultural producers know that energy use can take a big bite out of their operating budgets. But they may not know about a USDA program called REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) that can help them cut high energy costs. And money saved can be used to grow the business, including hiring more workers, or adding it to their profits.Read More
Longleaf pine, often described as majestic and diverse, once dominated the landscape across the southeast. In its heyday, longleaf covered nearly 90 million acres of land, stretching from southern Virginia to East Texas. Today, less than three million acres are grown nationwide. For Betty Lou Young of Winn Parish, the beauty of longleaf pine that she remembered as a child was never far away from her thoughts.
Louisiana crops are rated in very good condition, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released Monday. Corn harvest is getting closer, with 1 percent of the crop mature, with 41 percent in the dent stage.
By Sabrina Robertson, Natchez Democrat
VIDALIA — Vidalia Denim, an up-and-coming denim manufacturing facility announced last year, is expected to start running with a full workforce of about 300 people by February of 2020, company officials said. One year ago, Vidalia Denim CEO Dan Feibus and Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft announced they were closing a sale on the old Fruit of the Loom factory for $12 million to make way for the new industry, which at the time had been known to the public only by the code name “Project Blue.”
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.
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.
By Kyle Peveto, LSU AgCenter
When Robert A. Godke Jr. died in 2015, he was remembered as a giant in the field of reproductive physiology. A Boyd Professor — the highest honor bestowed at LSU — and a lauded LSU AgCenter researcher, Godke’s legacy lives on in reproductive physiology textbooks and academic journals and in the work of his students.
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.
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.
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.