Beauregard Parish Couple Arrested for Timber Theft

BATON ROUGE – A couple from DeRidder, La. is in trouble with the law for allegedly stealing timber from an absentee landowner. The timber is valued at $36,094.87. Ricky L. Cooley, 51, and Priscilla L. Cooley, 48, of 426 Arthur Cooley Rd., DeRidder, La., were arrested by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) on October 2, 2019.

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National 4-H Week Celebrates Technology

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE — The celebration of National 4-H Week from Oct. 6 to 12 will feature a variety of fun, learning activities for 4-H’ers throughout Louisiana. Each parish has activities scheduled for each day of the week. And Wednesday, which is designated 4-H National Youth Science Day, will see thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge.

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Iraqi Delegation Goes to the Source for Recent US Rice Sales

By Kane Webb, USA Rice

Last week, USA Rice hosted a delegation of seven officials from Iraq's Ministry of Trade for a meeting with U.S. rice exporters. The team, led by Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs Haitham Al-Khshali, discussed ways to ensure continued trade between the two countries including improved rice quality, technical trainings, and investments into Iraq.

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Southern University Ag Center Holds Produce Safety Alliance Workshop

BATON ROUGE - Twenty-five participates from 15 states received certificates of completion during the Southern University Ag Center’s Produce Safety Alliance Train-the-Trainer Certification Workshop. The two-day workshop, which was held September 11 and 12 at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Baton Rouge, provided produce safety trainers with the certification needed to conduct trainings for farmers who are governed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety Rule.

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Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Harvest in Full Swing

“A relatively dry week provided good harvest conditions. Scattered showers over the weekend provided some light rains which helped to settle dusty field conditions. Cane harvest progressed with growers reporting lighter than expected tonnage and decent sugar. Cattle producers were planting cool season forages and marketing calves. Hay harvest was winding down with plentiful supplies.”

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Report: ‘Flash Drought’ Worsening Across 14 Southern US States, Including Louisiana

By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

ATLANTA — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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A Podcast All About Sugar Cane

By Lisa Hanchey, Acadiana Lifestyle

Sugar cane farmers, millers and producers – Rejoice! There is finally a podcast just for you. Two years ago, the American Sugar Cane League of the U.S.A., Inc., located in Thibodaux, La., released its first podcast designed solely for the sugar cane industry. “It’s not a typical podcast that’s telling stories,” explains Sam Irwin, public relations director for the ASCL. “It is information that’s very relevant to sugar cane farmers and millers. The podcast is not really intended for the general public – it is about research, sugar cane varieties and other topics that a sugar cane farmer or producer would love.”

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Scientific Delegation from Brazil Signs Agreement with LSU, LSU AgCenter

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE — During the week of Sept. 17-20, a scientific delegation from Universidade Federal Rural De Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with LSU and the LSU AgCenter. The delegation was led by Emidio Cantidio de Oliveria Filho, UFRPE advisor for strategic institutional affairs, along with Thiago Goncalves Souza, coordinator of ethnobiology Ph.D. program.

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Nominations for the Louisiana Agricultural Hall of Distinction Being Accepted

Nominations for the Louisiana Agricultural Hall of Distinction Being Accepted

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 26, 2020, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com  or through any parish LSU AgCenter extension office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Nov. 22. 

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LSU AgCenter Renews Partnership with Czech University

BATON ROUGE — After five years of student and faculty exchanges and other cooperative efforts, LSU and the LSU AgCenter have renewed a memorandum of understanding with Mendel University, an agriculture-centered institution in the Czech Republic. “Our partnership with Mendel University has created numerous opportunities for our faculty and students,” said AgCenter Associate Vice President Wade Baumgartner.

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Southern University Ag Student Elected Undergraduate President of National Ag Organization

BATON ROUGE – Southern University student Irene Lewis, a senior Agricultural Sciences major with a concentration in Plant and Soil Sciences, has been elected the national undergraduate president of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization for the 2019-2020 year. MANRRS provides leadership training and networking to positively promote the agricultural sciences and related fields among minorities.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Louisiana hatcheries set 3.88 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending September 28, 2019, up 12 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and up 8 percent from the previous week. Louisiana broiler-type chicks placed for meat production were 3.24 million during the week ending September 28, 2019, down 2 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but up 2 percent from the previous week.

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