The Latest News in Louisiana Agriculture
By Sharon Cummings, KTVE/KARD-TV, Monroe
MOREHOUSE PARISH - The Bastrop Fire Department says a fellow bin worker helped save the day after a man became trapped inside of a grain bin on Tuesday. According to the department, they responded to the call of an entrapped gentleman on the brink of suffocation at Jones in the far Northern part of Morehouse Parish around noon on May 15, 2018.
Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent over the last few weeks. The growing conditions for rice have been really good, and the crop looks like it. Rice is responding favorably to fertilizer and water.Read More
"We're going to flood on some fields and flushing a good many more where rice has either made a stand or it's just been planted. We want to push these plants and also get everything activated. It's hot and we need to get this rice growing quickly.Read More
By Maxwell J. Hamilton, Contributor, The Dallas Morning News
Inside the wood-paneled office of Louisiana's commissioner for agriculture and forestry, I found Mike Strain monitoring the television for news about China's cotton stockpile. "Our people demand trade," declared Strain, a plain-spoken Republican elected to his office three times.
The May 2018 edition of the RD Update from Louisiana USDA Rural Development is now available, featuring information on Rural Development activities at the State Capitol, the Louisiana Women in Ag Conference and more.
The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation have awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to 1,842 recipients, thanks to the generosity of 114 sponsors. More than 8,800 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards.Read More
A wet spring has turned dry very quickly across Louisiana, and that has put a stop to soybean planting in many areas of the state, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report.
“Due to lack of rainfall, soybean planting has come to a stop in most areas across the parish. The dry conditions from the past 3-4 weeks have allowed most hay producers to make their first cutting of the growing season. All crops across the parish are in need of some moisture.”
Farmers who count on sugar aren't fond of the calls for reform. "We would probably go out of business in a few years," said Jim Harper of Cheneyville, Louisiana. Harper said he and his peers in Louisiana and across the country are the backbone of their local economies.
"My guys are probably 85% done with cotton planting. In places, some worked up fields late but then lost moisture and are now waiting for rain. We'll definitely have some late-May cotton where we're waiting to finish planting. That said, most cotton came up like a dream, with 5 days from planting to emergence.Read More
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Meat and Poultry Inspection Program Director James “Jim” Jenkins was recently selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
By Josh Roberson, Reporter, KSLA-TV 12, Shreveport
SHREVEPORT - Robert Shaver, who has been standing on the corner of Youree at Ockley drives for 24 years, says this simply is the best crawfish season he's ever seen for this time of year.
By Zack McMath and Kohlie Frantzen
As founders and co-owners of two of Lafayette’s leading-edge agriculture businesses, we have a sound grasp on where food production is headed in Louisiana. Helical Holdings is currently in production of a second hydroponic lettuce farm which will provide the Lafayette Parish school system with fresh greens from local farms.