Kent Brown has been chosen as the 2017 Farmer of the Year by the International Rice Festival, according to Suzy Webb, festival president. This year’s festival dates are Oct. 19 through 22.Read More
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“I am very proud of Cotton Incorporated’s adaptability with their budget and their foresight on this cottonseed issue. Cotton Incorporated is committed to finding ways to increase cotton producers’ profitability,” said George LaCour Jr., Louisiana cotton producer and chairman of The Cotton Board.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted Tuesday.Read More
Task Force Chairman Ted Schneider, a Louisiana cotton producer, said the actual sustainability resolution that the Council adopted earlier this year called for the creation of the sustainability task force and specified that it collaborate with U.S. cotton industry associations “on developing industrywide goals for measurable continual improvements in environmental stewardship, farm productivity, and resource efficiency such as land, water, air, input, and energy use.”Read More
The Midday Market Report from The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network, featuring grain market commentary from Grayson Close, grain marketing specialist for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association.Read More
Dry weather conditions are allowing farmers and ranchers to make up for time lost earlier this year because of a very wet spring and summer, according to Louisiana County Agent comments in the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report.Read More
By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
With red-banded stink bugs once again attacking soybean fields around Louisiana, LSU Extension Service Pest Management Specialist Dr. Sebe Brown is recommending at least one sweep per week in each field.Read More
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, will hold a listening session in Rayville to gather information from Louisiana’s agriculture industry leaders to assist in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. Dr. Abraham is Louisiana’s only member serving on the House Agriculture Committee, and he still actively farms land near his home in Richland Parish.Read More
A week of very good harvesting weather allowed farmers to get a lot of field work done last week, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report. Sugarcane planting is also progressing rapidly, with 81 percent of the crop now in the ground.
By David Bennett, Delta Farm Press
With the wall-to-wall TV coverage of hurricane-backed weather, flooding and misery, “folks may find it hard to believe, but the yields have been excellent this year,” says Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter corn specialist. “We might average a state yield record with our previous high around 184 or 185 bushels per acre. That puts it in perspective."
By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport
The First Caddo Parish Bale of Cotton Ginned will be sold at auction on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Caddo Parish Extension Service Meeting Room, located at 2408 East 70th Street, Shreveport. You are invited to attend, bid, have breakfast and enjoy others attending.
By Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter
Many Louisiana sugarcane farmers had wondered if they would ever get their crop planted, especially after experiencing rain from Hurricane Harvey and a wet summer. Sunshine and favorable conditions have allowed farmers to get back on track.
Minister MacAulay travelled this week to New Orleans, Louisiana to deliver a keynote address at the U.S. National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Annual Meeting. During his address, Minister MacAulay highlighted the more than $62 billion (CAD) in agriculture and agri-food products that crossed the Canada-U.S. border in 2016.
By AgFax Media LLC, AgFax.com
Too much rain and cloudy weather have clearly taken a toll on cotton in parts of our coverage area. Much of the damage – boll rot, hardlocking and fruit shed – was triggered by rains and cloudy conditions that predated hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Read More
By Bruce Shultz, LSU AgCenter
Louisiana farmers are benefiting from long overdue dry weather that has allowed them to cut hay, harvest soybeans and plant sugarcane.“This spell of dry weather will let us get a lot done,” said Vince Deshotel, LSU AgCenter county agent in St. Landry Parish. “The winds of Irma have dried everything out.”Read More
Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund and distributed grants to Texas and Louisiana farmers and ranchers who have lost their crops, livestock, pasture, barns, equipment and other essentials to maintaining their livelihoods.
By Ben Mosley, USA Rice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement Thursday to provide much-needed guidance to rice farmers whose crops are in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Under the original statement issued by FDA last week, it was unclear whether any crops in those areas would be accepted for use in human or animal food.Read More
By Richard Bogren, LSU AgCenter
NEW ORLEANS — Sustainable food production — from local producers to commercial growers — will be key to feeding a world population that will number 9.1 billion people by 2050.We must be aware of what needs to happen to feed 2 billion more people, LSU AgCenter associate vice president Gina Eubanks said at the Farm & Table New Orleans conference.Read More
By Craig Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter
A team of LSU AgCenter researchers led by Qinglin Wu is developing drilling fluids that include a component made from nontoxic biomass materials. Wu said the drilling fluid will consist of nanocellulose made from trees or other biomass material, such as sugarcane bagasse and straw.Read More