US Cotton Sets Goals to Further Reduce Environmental Footprint

US Cotton Sets Goals to Further Reduce Environmental Footprint

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.”

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Abraham to Hold Farm Bill Listening Session

Abraham to Hold Farm Bill Listening Session

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.

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Corn Harvest Reveals Excellent Yields for Louisiana & Mid-South Farmers

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."

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Minister MacAulay Promotes Agricultural Trade at NASDA Annual Meeting

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.

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FDA Provides Clarification on Rice in Areas Affected by Hurricane Harvey

FDA Provides Clarification on Rice in Areas Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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.

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Expanding Population Puts Pressure on Food Production

Expanding Population Puts Pressure on Food Production

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. 

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