Processing Greatness

April 20, 2018

Easter has come and gone, but many folks are still craving crawfish!  Beiber Farms in Mamou, LA is one of the many producers providing that crawfish.  By using their own processing facility, TWILA’s Neil Melancon shows us how they're making sure you can enjoy that taste all year long.


From Pond to Platter   

April 20, 2018

In Abbeville, LA, Allen and Erin McLain strive to grow great #crawfish for both their customers and the future of their farm.  TWILA's Karl Wiggers takes us to the farm, where the McLains are delivering the freshest catch from their ponds to your platter.

 


How Much for Crawfish?  

April 20, 2018

Are you planning to boil crawfish this weekend?  Well we have some good news for you!  The crawfish are plentiful, and prices have come down since last week, with most places below $3 per pound.  TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White and Avery Davidson give us an update on local prices across the state.


Farm Bill Progress

April 20, 2018

The 2018 Farm Bill is now in the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. This week, the House Agriculture Committee began the markup of the bill, a process where members debate, amend and rewrite proposed legislation.  During that process, the bill exposed a partisan divide in the traditionally nonpartisan committee, with both sides trading barbs. 

 


Experiencing Agriculture 

April 20, 2018

It’s the premiere farm-to-table event: "Dinner in the Field" showcases culinary skill and the bounty of local agriculture. TWILA's AJ Sabine shows us how the event raises awareness of farm-to-table as well as sustainable slow-food systems that enrich school-age children.

 


The Magic of Agriculture  

April 20, 2018

What do the numbers 3, 2, and 58 all have in common?  The average American is now at least 3 generations removed from the farm.  Only 2% of Americans are farmers, and 58 is the average age of most farmers. That's why the LSU AgCenter hosts AgMagic-- to teach youth about the important role that agriculture plays in our daily lives.

LSU AgMagic


Sweet Rewards with NRCS   

April 20, 2018

Do you know how sweet the sugar industry is to Louisiana?  According to the American Sugarcane League, it injects about $2 billion a year into the state’s economy.  It's a crop that's unlike any other in the state: when you plant it, you harvest that same crop for three years, and harvest time comes long after everything else is cut.  As TWILA’s Avery Davidson explains, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with Louisiana sugarcane farmers to incorporate winter cover crops, and they’re seeing some sweet rewards. 


Protecting Pollinators   

April 20, 2018

Bees play a crucial part in pollinating many plants, including some important agricultural crops. However, as TWILA's Craig Gautreaux shows us, mites are a major concern for beekeepers. That's why researchers with the LSU AgCenter are looking at ways to help identify these pests and protect our precious pollinators.


Trending on TWILA -- Fire & Ice 

April 20, 2018

From a devastating blizzard in one part of the country, to devastating wildfires in another -- it’s shaping up to be a wild spring, filled with fire and ice.  In this week’s Trending on TWILA, TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White  & Avery Davidson explain how mother nature has taken a toll on farmers and ranchers across the nation. 

Oklahoma Wildfire Relief Fund
Hay Urgently Needed In Oklahoma