BATON ROUGE -- A resolution the Restore Louisiana Task Force approved Feb. 15 will amend its plan of action to reallocate disaster recovery funding to multiple programs designed to address outstanding housing needs for residents and communities still recovering from the 2016 floods.
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., reintroduced legislation to help soybean farmers better access a program designed to offset losses caused by Chinese tariffs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) last year that offers payments to farmers based on losses incurred by Chinese tariffs.
By Amanda Roberts, WVUE-TV Fox 8, New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Merlin Schaefer says their phones have been ringing at Schaefer Seafood, and not just to ask about the fresh catch. “‘Where’s your fish from?’ We have customers calling for years, ‘Where you get your fish from?’” said Schaefer. He said he’s proud to give the answer he’s always given: Everything they sell is Louisiana fresh.
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine parishes in Louisiana as primary natural disaster areas because of excessive rain and flooding that occurred from September 1 through December 10, 2018. As a result, some Louisiana farmers could be eligible for assistance.Read More
BATON ROUGE - The spotlight was on sustainability at this year's Cotton & Rice Conference where more than 100 speakers gave presentations on agricultural techniques, trade, and economic issues. USA Rice hosted breakout sessions on the organization's new online conservation program search platform and the recent U.S. Rice Sustainability Report, continuing to roll out the mission of sustainability across the mid-South which began at the Outlook Conference in San Diego last December.Read More
USA Rice extends condolences to the family and friends of Frank Godchaux, of Abbeville, Louisiana, who passed away February 13, at the age of 92. Frank was a veteran of WWII who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1949 before joining his family's business, Louisiana State Rice Milling Company.Read More
By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter
DELHI — Trade and price uncertainties best describe the agricultural market outlook on the eve of the highly anticipated release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, LSU AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto said at the Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum. Held Feb. 7 at the Delhi Civic Center, the meeting drew about 85 farmers and industry representatives.
By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
MARKSVILLE — LSU AgCenter agent Dennis Burns was honored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association as County Agent of the Year at the organization’s annual conference on Feb. 11-13. Burns serves Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, and he specializes in agricultural technology, including drones, irrigation and yield maps.
By Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press
When a conflict kept Louisiana cotton producer Ted Schneider from being a presenter at the 22ndannual Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference in Baton Rouge, La., this year, Marshall Hardwick stepped up to the plate. Hardwick Planting Company on Somerset Plantation, located in Tensas Parish in the northeast corner of the Bayou State, is home to Marshall and his family. To say the Hardwicks have a long farming history on one of the most sustainable operations in Louisiana would be quite an understatement.
By Jay Whatley, KPEL-FM 96.5, Lafayette
Crawfish season is underway and, so far, it's looking pretty good. LSU Ag Center Aquaculture Specialist Greg Lutz has some good news crawfish fanatics: this year’s crop is looking A-OK. Granted, this won't be a "record-setting" year for our state, but I'll take good over bad any day.
By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter
A participant in a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellowship program spent 10 weeks working in an LSU AgCenter laboratory to develop higher quality rice varieties to be used in Malaysia. Malaysian rice breeder Acga Cheng, of the University of Malaya, gave a presentation Feb. 12 on her work during the time she spent at the AgCenter through the USDA-sponsored Borlaug Fellowship Program.
Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik, InvestigateTV
VENICE, LA - Nearly every piece of seafood in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants comes from another country, but our government only looks at a tiny fraction to make sure it’s safe. But when they do test, they find contaminated fish that could harm consumers, InvestigateTV has found.
One of every 70 jobs in Louisiana is related to seafood. Seafood is part of the cultural and culinary identity of the state. Crawfish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, alligator and finfish are produced and processed in Louisiana. Also, Louisiana is the only state commercially producing alligator products, and the crawfish industry competes in the world market.Read More