NEW ROADS – A man trapped inside a grain silo Tuesday afternoon has been pronounced dead, the Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office told WBRZ. Burciaga Martinez, 47, became trapped inside a grain silo at Beaud Farms and slipped deeper into the bin as rescuers attempted to reach him.
The Latest News in Louisiana Agriculture
By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
Jody Meche is a Louisiana crawfish producer from St. Martin Parish. He says quite a lot goes into bringing Louisiana crawfish to the consumer. “This past crawfish season I started in February. Sometime it’s a little slower that time of year but sometimes you can catch a significant amount of crawfish to make money,” said Meche.Read More
"The U.S. is currently an open market for rice and levies effectively zero duties against imported rice, regardless of its origin, yet China currently does not accept U.S.-grown rice," said Bobby Hanks, Louisiana miller and chair of the USA Rice International Trade Policy Committee.Read More
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold four outreach meetings around the state to update produce industry stakeholders on the implementation of the new Produce Safety Rule from the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).Read More
Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.28 million during the week ending September 15, 2018. Placements were up 1 percent from the comparable week in 2017 and up 1 percent from the previous week.
The 2018 Louisiana soybean harvest has now passed the half-way point, with 51 percent of the crop now harvested, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released Monday.
By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
ABBEVILLE — It’s almost time to flood crawfish ponds and get started on another season, said Mark Shirley, aquaculture specialist with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. But he recommends that farmers wait a few more weeks when temperatures moderate a bit before beginning to flood.
By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter
BATON ROUGE — Two workshops have been scheduled to look at ways to slow the progression of cogongrass, an invasive weed. The workshops will be held at the LSU AgCenter Southeast Research Station in Franklinton on Sept. 25 and at the Kentwood Co-op at 74219 Highway 1054 in Kentwood on Oct. 2.
By Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter
HAMMOND — When it comes to pollination, honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds get most of the positive press, but more than 200,000 species of insects and animals act as pollinators. Keith Hawkins, AgCenter agent in Beauregard Parish, has been keeping bees for eight years. He talked about a year in the life of a beekeeper.
The Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Institute is hosting three events this week that may be of interest to Louisiana farmers and ranchers. A pasture walk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at Four Oaks Farm in Morganza, Louisiana.Read More
Brad Robb, Delta Farm Press
After the Texas attorney general’s office threatened to appeal to a higher court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted a request for a temporary injunction on the implementation of the 2015 Waters of the United States, or WOTUS rule, in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport
The importance of all Americans supporting our agriculture producers has never been more important than it is in the year 2018. We can do a part of what needs to be done by supporting events that agriculture is based on.
By Catherine Wattigny, Special to the Daily Iberian
When Simeon and Appoline Patout came to Louisiana from France, little could they have imagined that the sugar mill they founded in 1825 would become one of the longest-operating, family-owned businesses in the United States.