Louisiana Chick Placements Up Slightly from Last Year

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.

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China Finally Opens to Rice Growers, Though It's Iraq That Has Saved the Day for Louisiana Farmers

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.

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USDA Helps Louisiana Farmers, Ag Producers, and Businesses Cut Energy Costs

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.  

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Growing Longleaf Pine for Future Generations

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.

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Vidalia Denim Working Toward Hiring, Production Later in Year

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.”

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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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