Abraham Bill Provides Relief to Louisiana Soybean Farmers Impacted by Chinese Tariffs

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.

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Louisiana Lt. Gov. to Push for Legislation for Increased Seafood Testing

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.

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Sustainability Takes Center Stage at Recent Cotton & Rice Conference

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.

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Market Questions Highlight Crops Forum

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.

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Burns Named County Agent of the Year

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.

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Louisiana’s Hardwicks Increasing Sustainability Through Technology

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.

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Borlaug Fellow Shares Rice Research Findings

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.

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99.9 % of Foreign Fish Goes Without Testing for Unsafe Drugs; Hurts Louisiana Seafood Industry

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.

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H-2B Worker Program & the Louisiana Seafood Processing Industry

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.

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