Tough Times for Turf

May 12, 2017

More than 100,000 LSU tiger fans take it for granted that their team will have pristine turf grass come game day. However, a change in the federal guest worker program could impact football fields, manicured lawns and cups of coffee across Louisiana.  Recent changes to the H-2B program could make it impossible for landscapers and sugar mills to get the help they need to stay in business. As TWILA’s Avery Davidson shows us, the company which put sod down in Death Valley is missing a third of its workforce.


cotton comeback

May 12, 2017

In 2008, cotton markets fell to record low prices, and Louisiana’s cotton acreage dropped as well. But now, that trend is turning around. This week, TWILA’s Karl Wiggers travelled to Richland Parish to learn why they are working to rebuild the white gold capitol of the south.

Cottonseed Policy 
Cottonseed in the Farm Bill


boll weevil eradication

May 12, 2017

Did you know that ornamental cotton can add a beautiful presence to your home's landscaping?  But if you grow cotton at your home, you must monitor your plants for a little pest called the boll weevil. 
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says you also need to contact his office, so they can monitor your ornamental plants in order to keep all cotton in Louisiana boll weevil free. 

Boll Weevil Eradication Program
(225) 922-1338
bollweevil@ldaf.state.la.us


fullness farm

May 12, 2017

Fullness Farm got its start with a simple idea: get the people the freshest, tastiest food around.  Located just off of Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge, Fullness Farm founders Grant & Allison Guidroz have discovered their own farm formula-- hard work plus a vision equals success. This week, TWILA’s AJ Sabine introduces us the freshest farm around.

Fullness Organic Farm


2017 wheat crop update

May 12, 2017

In Louisiana, wheat is considered a secondary crop by most grain farmers who mostly grow soybeans and corn.  The crop rotation plays a primary role in both farm profitability and soil health.  However,  Louisiana has seen a drastic reduction in wheat acres lately, and LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux shows us why.

 


Grassroots Government

May 12, 2017

Last week, President Donald Trump created a new agriculture task force, designed to address the needs of America’s farmers, as well as rural areas that depend upon ag in their economy.  In this edition of Grassroots Government, Louisiana Farm Bureau Legislative Specialist Joe Mapes caught up with Representative Ralph Abraham to find out why this is good news for Louisiana agriculture. 

Louisiana Farm Bureau Legislative Affairs 


TRENDING ON TWILA — ag photo challenge

May 12, 2017

In this week’s Trending on TWILA, a photo challenge goes viral, and we jumped on the band wagon!  A few weeks ago, someone on Facebook decided to start an agriculture photo challenge by posting just one ag related photo, and tagging a few of their friends requesting that they do the same.  The goal? Fill Facebook with agricultural photos to remind folks of where their food and fiber starts.