Grow Louisiana to Offer Free, Business-Focused Training for Beginning Farmers in Acadiana

By Hannah Simmons, The Advocate

Grow Louisiana, a free yearlong training program for beginning farmers, will soon be providing educational courses, mentoring and networking opportunities in Acadiana. Chris Adams, local coordinator of Grow Louisiana, said the purpose of the program is to foster new and successful farms. “We are looking for people with a strong potential of either continuing their current farming business or starting up a brand-new farming business,” Adams said.

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Ruby Miller Receives National Honor for Reflecting Highest 4-H Values

By Randy LaBauve, LSU AgCenter

A ruby is considered one of the most valuable gemstones in the world. Ruby Miller has been recognized nationally as one of the greatest treasures to Louisiana 4-H for her more than 30 years of extraordinarily innovative and impactful service to the organization. Miller, a retired 4-H agent and current volunteer with the LSU AgCenter, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Oct. 11.

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Multidisciplinary Teams From Several Cotton States Work To Learn More About Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus

Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor, Cotton Farming Magazine

Teams of cotton researchers throughout the Cotton Belt are working diligently to learn more about the new disease that has garnered everyone’s attention. Although it was possibly in growers’ fields a year or two prior, researchers identified and confirmed cotton leaf roll dwarf virus two years ago. The virus showed up again in 2018 in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. It has since been confirmed in Tennessee and Louisiana.

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Louisiana Gubernatorial Race: The Candidates Views on Agriculture

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will face Baton Rouge business owner Eddie Rispone in a runoff election on November 16th. So what are the two candidates positions on agriculture? The weekly television show “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” interviewed both candidates before the primary election. You can watch those interviews by clicking here:

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Youth Learn Culinary Arts in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off 4-H Edition

Quincy L. Vidrine and Robin Landry, LSU AgCenter

The world of culinary arts is a growing, ever-changing realm that interests many young 4-H’ers. Traditionally, 4-H programming has focused on commodity cook-offs and nutrition education workshops to introduce youth to basic cooking skills, food safety and workforce preparation. But in 2010, a new competition was introduced into the Louisiana 4-H program –– the Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition –– which takes these experiences to the next level and teaches students culinary arts.

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Strain Wins Another Term as Ag Commissioner

BATON ROUGE — Republican Mike Strain has defeated four farmers vying to unseat him as Louisiana’s agriculture commissioner. Voters reelected Strain, a veterinarian in office since 2008, to a fourth term in Saturday’s primary. Strain defended his tenure, saying he’s streamlined the department, paid down debt and saved taxpayers millions while the industries he regulates doubled in value.

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Grain Elevator, Processing Professionals Endow LSU College of Ag Scholarship

By Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter

The Gulf South Chapter of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is endowing a scholarship in the LSU College of Agriculture. The GEAPS-Gulf South Chapter has supported a scholarship in the college for four years. Roy Baker, chapter president and operations manager at Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, said the chapter recently had a surplus and decided the money would be best served helping students.

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If You Thought It Was Hot In September You Were Correct!

It’s been an unusual early Fall so far. The latest Drought Monitor shows conditions here in the Southeastern United States continue to dry out, coinciding with record warmth with deterioration widespread and rapidly occurring in the region. Louisiana experienced the warmest September on record as did Texas. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi had their second warmest on record.

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Louisiana Crop Production: Soybeans, Rice & Sugarcane Down; Cotton Up

Soybean production in 2019 is forecast at 41.3 million bushels, down 3 percent from the September 1 forecast and down 33 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yield is expected to average 48 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last month and down 3.5 bushels from last year. Planted acreage is revised to 890,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from August 2019.

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