Say Goodbye to 'Cauliflower Rice?' Bill Takes Aim at Plant-Based Alternatives to Meat and Rice

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

Agriculture interests in Louisiana are pushing to ban food sellers from “mislabeling” products like “cauliflower rice” and vegetarian “meat” products, arguing they hurt domestic rice and cattle producers in part by misrepresenting their products. State Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, on Tuesday won approval from the Senate Agriculture Committee he chairs for a measure that targets products like cauliflower rice and meat substitutes.

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Capitol Views: Senate Getting Real with Grocery Items

By Jeremy Alford and Mitch Rabalais, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony Tuesday on legislation that could alter the labels attached to many of your favorite products at grocery stores. More specifically, the “Truth in Labeling of Agricultural Products Act” would require sellers to identify if an item, like cauliflower rice, is merely an imitation of another agricultural product.

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Louisiana Next State to Take on Rice Pretenders

By Kane Webb, USA Rice

BATON ROUGE -- On Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development met to discuss and hear testimony on an important piece of legislation to be considered for the 2019 Legislative Session.  The bill, SB 152 - Truth in Labeling of Agriculture Commodities, includes language for the definition (SOI) for rice, and also establishes distinct definitions for other commodities such as meats and seafood, and how they may be labeled in Louisiana. 

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Jeff Davis Parish Agritourism Brings in Visitors from All Over the World

By Rebeca Marroquin, KLFY-TV 10, Lafayette

Agritourism is a big part of Jeff Davis Parish. It's an agriculturally-based activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. And because Jeff Davis Parish is a rural parish, the Tourism Commission decided it was a great way to showcase their culture to visitors. "We are one of the largest parishes that raises crawfish and rice so why not educate people on what we do in our parish?" says Dione Sablehaus, the marketing director for JDP Tourist Commission.

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Syrup Production for Fuels & Chemicals from Bagasse

By Giovanna Aita, LSU AgCenter

Bagasse is the solid residue that remains after the extraction of juice from crops such as sugarcane, energy cane and sorghum. It is a promising renewable resource that can be used in the production of a syrup feedstock with great potential in the processing of fuels (for example, ethanol, butanol), polymers, microbial lipids and other chemicals.

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Use of Broiler Litter in Electricity Production

By Krishna Paudel, Theegala, Chandra, Niu, Huizhen, Adusumilli, Naveen, LSU AgCenter

Poultry production, which is the largest animal industry in Louisiana, generated approximately $1.8 billion combined in farm revenue ($904.9 million) and value-added activities ($882.3 million) and employed 4,361 individuals in 2017. The poultry industry in Louisiana has had steady growth since 1990. Economic opportunities created by the poultry industry also translate into large amounts of poultry litter as a byproduct.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.31 million during the week ending April 13, 2019. Placements were up 18 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but up slightly from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.83 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending April 13, 2019, up 3 percent from the same period last year and up 5 percent from the previous week.

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Product Labeling Legislation Advances

By Matt Doyle, Louisiana Radio Network

The Senate Ag Committee approved and expanded a bill that would require “truth in labeling” for food products like Almond “milk”, “riced” cauliflower, and “sugar” substitutes. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says it’s the governments job to keep advertisers honest, and prevent misleading products from tricking customers.

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Louisiana's Pierce Named Ginner of the Year

By Forrest Laws, Delta Farm Press

Therrell Pierce says his life could have taken other paths, but he is glad his took him down the path of becoming a cotton ginner. Much of Pierce’s career has been spent as manager of the McNutt Gin Co., Inc., in Boyce, La. Boyce is in the Red River Valley north of Alexandria, an area that has stayed in cotton in the 30 years he has been working with the gin.

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Sugar Mill Officials Hear Research Results from Grinding Season

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Each spring, representatives from Louisiana sugarcane mills hear results from researchers at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute. During the factory operations seminar on April 11, researchers from the institute provided the sugar mill management teams with their latest research findings, which are helpful in the mills’ operations.

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Crawfish Season Hasn’t Quite Found it’s Groove Yet

By Matt Doyle, Louisiana Radio Network

The crawfish supply remains limited this season and experts cannot pin down the exact cause of this year’s disappointing harvest so far. LSU Ag Center Aquaculture Specialist Greg Lutz says this late in the season we could be looking at a mixed bag when it comes to size and quantity of the crop. “There are a lot of crawfish out there that are young and growing, and probably will find their way into someone’s pot, but the season only lasts so long.”

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Big Rains Slow Fieldwork in North Louisiana

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 64 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 63 percent surplus.

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