invasive species?

August 11, 2017

Crawfish an invasive species... say what?!?!  The tasty crustacean we know and love here in Louisiana, is an unwelcome guest to the residents of Detroit, Michigan.  TWILA's Avery Davidson visited a crawfish farmer in Vermillion Parish where he has a little fun with the story that's making headlines here in the Bayou State.  

WDIV Report -- Invasive Species in Metro Detroit


Connecting with cuba -- Part two

August 11, 2017

Last week, we showed you how tourism is fueling the economy in Cuba, as well as the challenges, both to the relationship with the United States and within the Island Nation itself.  This week, TWILA’s Neil Melanco explores the idea of reconciling with Cuba in hopes of restoring trade.  What he found, was a path toward mending old wounds.


CORN Harvest Update

August 11, 2017

Louisiana corn farmers are racing to harvest a stellar crop this season.  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, harvest is a quarter done, with a whopping 87 percent is in the good to excellent category.  Corn stands in contrast to many crops in the state, where the incessant rains have hampered everything from planting to growing to harvesting.  


2017 Black Farmer Field Day

August 11, 2017

In Morehouse Parish, the Black Farmers and Landowners Association recently hosted a field day, showing off the latest in ag technology and educating farmers from three states.  As TWILA’s Tammi Arender tells us, it was also a way to encourage the next generation to take a second look at agriculture as a career.


In Memoriam 

August 11, 2017

This week, we bring you some sad news.  In the last month, the sugar industry lost two giants, who spent much of their life working to improve the Louisiana sugar business.  Dr. Ben Legendre, Senior passed away on July 5th at the age of 73. And exactly a month later, on August 5th, William Billy Schwing Patout the third died. He was 84.

 


Celebrating Farmers Market Week

August 11, 2017

It's National Farmers Market Week!  Did you know that farmers markets stimulate local economies & connect urban friends with rural neighbors. This week helps to shine the spotlight on family farms right here in Louisiana like Luckett Farms, located just outside of Baton Rouge and run by Derek and Kacie Luckett.


Trending on TWILA -- Crawfish Hysteria!

August 11, 2017

Crawdads in Detroit City?!?! Our tasty little, red mudbugs have created mass hysteria for residents of the Great Lake State!  Here at home, Louisiana residents got a big kick out of responding to the story online.  In this week's Trending on TWILA, we show you what cajuns had to say about the crawfish story on social media, plus we show why a Louisiana born NFL player is bringing the beef both on and off the football field!