The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #26 - February 2, 2019

The cattle industry converged on New Orleans last week, and The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture was there to bring you all of the news and happenings from the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.  On Episode #26 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we’ll hear from officials with the three organizations that came together for the Cattle Industry Convention.  NCBA Lobbyist Colin Woodall will bring us up to date on all of the issues that NCBA is working on in Washington D.C., and we will hear from some Louisiana cattlemen who attended the convention and trade show.  On Grassroots Government we will hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue, who addressed the nation’s cattlemen in New Orleans.  We’ll go “In the Field” to talk with Derrick Miller, General Manager of The Branch Ranch in Mansfield and Natchitoches, Louisiana. We caught up with Rayburn Smith of Superior Livestock and the Red River Livestock Auction in Coushatta for a look at the cattle markets. We’ll check the Louisiana Ag Calendar, then wrap up the podcast with a very funny story from a Louisiana legend. Louisiana native and four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw addressed the convention’s opening session on Wednesday and talked about how he got into the cattle business back in the 1970s in DeSoto Parish. It’s the longest podcast we’ve ever produced, but there was just too much going on in New Orleans to cut it short!

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #25 - January 25, 2019

On Episode #25 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we take a look back at the Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association’s joint annual meeting held earlier this month.  It was a news-making event, and Don Molino was there to bring us the stories.  We also discuss the opening of Farm Service Agency offices across Louisiana and the outlook for Louisiana cotton in 2019. On “Grassroots Government” we visit with former Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany, who is advocating for tariff reduction and free trade to open more markets for Louisiana farmers. We’ll go “In the Field” to talk to Scotty Fontenot, a rice, soybean and crawfish farmer from Evangeline Parish. Scotty takes a look back at the 2018 crop and a look forward at what 2019 holds. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox, Mark Tall and Dave Foster check in with us for a look at the soybean, rice and cattle markets. Then we wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #24 - January 15, 2019

This is our first podcast of 2019! Episode #24 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast originates from the 100th Anniversary Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans. President Donald Trump addressed the nation’s farmers and ranchers during the convention, and this podcast will bring you the highlights of President Trump’s hour-long speech, as well as reaction from Louisiana farmers and government officials. We caught up with Iberville Parish sugarcane farmer Cecil Ramagos, and he gave us an update on his recently finished sugarcane harvest. Then we check in with our regular market analysts for their first look at the 2019 grain, rice and cattle markets. We wrap up our podcast from the Crescent City with look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar, all from the American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #23 - December 14, 2018

This is our final podcast of 2018, and it is Episode #23 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. We cover a lot of news on this final podcast of the year. Don Molino attended the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego and brings us several stories from that meeting. Avery Davidson attended the DTN/Progressive Farmer Ag Summit in Chicago and reports on a very special award given to a young Louisiana farm couple. In our “Grassroots Government” segment, we welcome back Congressman Ralph Abraham to give us a recap on all of the activity that went down on the 2018 Farm Bill over the past week. He will also give us his opinion of the new Clean Water Rule issued by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Bobby and Melissa Morris of West Baton Rouge Parish are our guests on this week’s “In the Field.” Then we finish things off with a look at the grain markets, the cattle market and the Louisiana Ag Calendar. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #22 - November 30, 2018

The Holidays are here and we’re now at Episode #22 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. In news headlines, we will take a look at the 2018 Louisiana harvest season, as farmers are in the middle of sugarcane and second crop rice harvest, while wrapping up harvest of the soybean and cotton crops. Don Molino will also look into the beginning of the 2019 crawfish season. Louisiana’s 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham checks in to give us some information on a bill he filed last week to help Louisiana soybean farmers and to give us an update on the 2018 Farm Bill. Avery Davidson goes “In the Field” to Richard Fontenot’s farm in Evangeline Parish. Richard has garnered national attention recently with the loss of his soybean crop. On the day Avery visited his farm, CNBC had a film crew there. Our regular market analysts, Greg Fox and Dave Foster, give us an update on the grain and cattle markets, then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #21 - November 9, 2018

Episode #21 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast originates from Kansas City, Missouri, where we’re attending the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual convention. There are a lot of newsmakers here, so we’ll bring you a lot of stories in our opening news segment from Kansas City, as well as several stories from back home in Louisiana. Avery Davidson, host of the weekly television show “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” chips in to help us out while we’re on the road this week. Avery interviews Louisiana Farm Bureau’s Kyle McCann about the outcome of the midterm elections and the effect it will have on agriculture. Avery also hosts our “In the Field” segment this week where he talks to Jacob Rumbaugh of Caddo Parish. Grayson Close and Mark Tall of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association check in with us to discuss the grain and rice markets, and Dave Foster give us an update on the cattle markets. Then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar. One final note from our trip to Kansas City… Congratulations to our own Don Molino. Don was named the 2018 National Farm Broadcaster of the year. It’s the highest award given by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and Don is well deserving of the honor.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #20 - October 29, 2018

We’ve hit the big 2-0!  It’s Episode 20 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. We get it started with news headlines, where we will hear about the fight to keep the boll weevil out of Louisiana.  Two boll weevils have been trapped in Mississippi, and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain tells us what is being done to keep our state free of that pest.  We will also hear from Louisiana Farm Service Agency Director Craig McCain about two programs that are benefitting Louisiana farmers and ranchers this fall.  In our Grassroots Government segment we will visit with Louisiana 6th District Congressman Garrett Graves. Congressman Graves has a lot of sugarcane and soybean acreage in his district, and he will update us on several agricultural issues that are being discussed in Washington D.C. We’ll go “In the Field” to talk to Evangeline Parish farmer Richard Fontenot about his disastrous soybean crop, and how he is coping with this crisis. Greg Fox and Dave Foster stop by to talk about the grain and cattle markets, then we wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #19 - October 12, 2018

On Episode #19 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we dive into the dire situation that many Louisiana soybean farmers are facing this fall with constant rains and damaged beans. However, the Louisiana cotton crop is looking very good according to LSU AgCenter Cotton Specialist Dan Fromme. We have a very special guest on Grassroots Government this week. US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue visited Louisiana last week, and we caught up with him at Raceland Sugars. We visited with the Secretary about several issues, including the soybean problems we’re having, trade issues with China and the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. We’ll go in the field this week to Tensas Parish where we will hear from Donnie VandeVen about his cotton crop. Grayson Close and Mark Tall check in with us with an update on the grain and rice markets, and we’ll hear from Dave Foster on the cattle markets. Then we’ll wrap it up with a look at a very active Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #18 - September 28, 2018

On Episode #18 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we’ll get you caught up with the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, including stories on all of the problems that wet weather is causing Louisiana farmers trying to get the 2018 crops out of the field. Louisiana Farm Bureau Lobbyist Joe Mapes and Caddo Parish Cattleman Marty Wooldridge will check in with us on Grassroots Government to give us an update on a meeting they had this week with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Pointe Coupee Parish Farmer George LaCour is our guest on this week’s “In the Field” segment. George will discuss the harvest issues he is having with the daily rain showers, and talk about the past year that he spent as President of the Cotton Board. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster stop by with a look at the grain and cattle markets. Then we wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #17 - September 7, 2018

On Episode #17 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we hear from Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain about hurricane preparedness, after dodging a bullet last week with Hurricane Gordon.  Congressman Ralph Abraham sits on the House/Senate Conference Committee for the 2018 Farm Bill. The committee met for the first time last week, so we’ll get an update on what’s happening from Dr. Abraham. Sugarcane planting is rolling full-speed ahead in Louisiana, so we will check in with St. Martin Parish sugarcane and soybean grower Mike Melancon to get his observations from the field. Greg Fox and Dave Foster stop by with market analysis on the grain and cattle markets.  Then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #16 - August 24, 2018

We cover a lot of ground on Episode #16 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, starting with the latest Louisiana Ag News Headlines. Iraq purchased U.S. rice this week, which is great news for Louisiana rice farmers. We will hear about the new denim plant in Vidalia, and we hear from two Louisiana farmers about the current international trade situation. In Grassroots Government, the President of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Ronnie Anderson, joins us to discuss the WOTUS rule, the 2018 Farm Bill and more. We go “In the Field” to learn about Noble Guedan of Concordia Parish. We’ll hear from Greg Fox and Dave Foster on the grain and cattle markets, then wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #15 - August 17, 2018

We’ve made it to Episode #15 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. Our formula seems to be working, so we’ll stick to it by starting off with Louisiana Ag News Headlines. USDA issued several reports over the past week, so we’ll take a look at all of those numbers and try to make some sense of them. Congressman Ralph Abraham checks in with us to give us an update on the 2018 Farm Bill. He is a member of the Conference Committee and will talk about the progress being made on the bill. Will the new Farm Bill get passed before the old one expires? Congressman Abraham will give us his opinion.  Greg Fox and Dave Foster have their always-insightful analysis of the grain and cattle markets, then wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #14 - August 3, 2018

On Episode #14 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture, we bring you up to date on the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, followed by a visit from Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain. We’ll go “In the Field” to talk to Jason Anderson, a diversified farmer from Red River Parish. Jason has greenhouses, vegetables, corn, soybeans, cattle and more, and he’ll give us an update on the 2018 growing season on his farm. Greg Fox and Dave Foster stop by to discuss the grain and cattle markets, and we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #13 - July 27, 2018

It’s lucky Episode #13 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. We kick it off with a look at the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, followed by a visit with Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Lobbyist Joe Mapes. Joe will recap the final special session of the Louisiana Legislature, and a look ahead to what’s happening in the fall. We’ll go “In the Field” to get a corn harvest update from Donald Schexnayder, who farms in Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge Parishes.  Our regular market analysts, Greg Fox and Dave Foster, stop by to give their insight into the grain and cattle markets. Then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #12 - July 20, 2018

We’re back after a two week break with Episode #12 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast for July 20, 2018. We kick off the podcast with the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, followed by a visit with Louisiana 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham, who was recently named a member of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee.  We go “In the Field” to talk with Jeff Landry, owner of Landry Vineyards in West Monroe. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox, Mark Tall and Dave Foster bring us up to date on the grain and livestock markets, then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #11 - June 29, 2018

On Episode #11 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we continue to bring you news from the recent Louisiana Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans.  It was a very busy convention, with more news than we could put into the podcast last week, so we will play some catch-up this week with more news and interviews.  Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain is featured in our Grassroots Government segment this week, giving us his view of what’s been happening in the Louisiana Legislature. St. James Parish sugarcane farmer Greg Gravois joins us “In the Field” this week, as we take a look at his 2018 sugarcane crop. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster stop by with insight into the grain and livestock markets. Then we wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #10 - June 23, 2018

Episode #10 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast originates from the 96th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. It's the state's largest farm gathering, and we have a lot of news coming out of the convention this year. The US House of Representatives passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill last week, so we will have reaction from those in attendance here in New Orleans. Joe Mapes will give us an update on the 3rd Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature, and we will hear from Jacob and Kari Rumbaugh, winners of the Louisiana Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. Greg Fox and Dave Foster will have their regular analysis of the grain and cattle markets, then we will wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #9 - June 15, 2018

On Episode #9 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast we will take a look at all of the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, followed by an interview that we’ve been working on for several weeks.  We will have Louisiana 1st District Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on our Grassroots Government segment discussing the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill. We also ask Congressman Scalise about the status of his health, following the tragic shooting he endured one year ago this week. We continue our “In the Field” series highlighting the three finalists for the 2018 Louisiana Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award, and we check in with our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster for an update on the grain and cattle markets. Then we wrap it all up with a look at all of the upcoming events on the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #8 - June 8, 2018

On Episode #8 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we look at the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, followed by a recap of the recently concluded 2nd Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature with Joe Mapes, lobbyist for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. We go “In the Field” to start a special series focusing on the three finalists for the 2018 Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. This week’s profile is on Matt Dennis from East Carroll Parish. We’ll get market updates from Troy Lust, Mark Tall and Dave Foster, then wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #7 - June 4, 2018

On Episode #7 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast we take a look at the latest news in Louisiana agriculture, including an update on the Louisiana wheat harvest and a look at insect problems in Louisiana cotton fields. Louisiana Farm Bureau lobbyist Joe Mapes provides an update on the Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature in our Grassroots Government segment. Then we go “In the Field” to talk to Louisiana farmer Jason Condrey about the 23,000 acres that he farms with his family, stretching from Lake Providence to St. Francisville. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster discuss the latest factors affecting the grain and cattle markets, and then we wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.