The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #32 - June 7, 2019

Water, water and more water! That’s one of the main topics on Episode #32 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. The Mississippi River is so high that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to open the Morganza Spillway. Then they decided not to. It’s all up in the air right now. We’ll try to wrap our arms around it in our news headlines segment. The 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session is now in the history books, so Louisiana Farm Bureau Lobbyist Joe Mapes checks in to give us a wrap up on how agriculture fared in the session. We’ll go “In the Field” to hear from Avoyelles Parish farmer Luke Sayes to hear how he’s coping with all of the water. All of this water is affecting both the grain and cattle markets, so we’ll hear from Grayson Close and Dave Foster to get an update on how the markets are handling the chaos. We’ll check the Louisiana Ag Calendar to see what’s happening, and hear from Taylor Frey, State Coordinator of the Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative about a couple of workshops they have coming up in July. Then we’ll wrap up the podcast with a special song that Taylor Frey wrote and recorded about the struggles that her family faced the last time the Morganza Spillway was opened in 2011. It’s called “Too Much Water, Not Enough Rain.”


The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #31 - May 21, 2019

On Episode #31 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we take a different direction to focus on issues happening in our nation’s capital. Host Carey Martin took a recent trip to Washington D.C. and we will bring you several of the interviews he conducted while there.  Of course, we will first bring you up to date on the latest news in Louisiana agriculture.  Then we will follow that up with several of our interviews with producer and commodity organizations in Washington. Some of our featured guests will include USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey, American Sugar Alliance’s Phillip Hays, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Colin Woodall, and Alan Bierga of the National Milk Producers Federation. Then we’ll wrap up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #30 - April 29, 2019

Happy Birthday to us! It’s our one-year birthday, and Episode #30 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture is jam-packed with news and information. The weather continues to dominate the headlines, and we’ll have all of the latest news on how the weather is impacting the planting of all of our 2019 crops in Louisiana. On Grassroots Government, Joe Mapes checks in from the State Capitol with an update on the ongoing legislative session. We’ll go “In the Field” to hear from Red River Parish farmer Blake McCartney on how he’s faring so far getting his corn and soybean crops planted. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster will give us their insight into the grain and cattle markets. Then we wrap up this birthday episode with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #29 - April 1, 2019

It’s no April Fools’ joke… The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast is back with Episode #29 for April 1, 2019. We’re packed full of information, as usual, with the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture. We’ll talk about the lightning fast planting pace that Louisiana farmers are on right now getting corn, rice, sorghum and soybeans in the ground. On Grassroots Government, we have our first visit with Dr. Carrie Castille, Louisiana Director of USDA Rural Development. She will fill us in on all that her agency is doing for Louisiana agriculture and talk about a rural broadband roundtable discussion coming up in Monroe. We’ll go In the Field to visit with Caddo Parish cattleman Marty Wooldridge, who chairs the Louisiana Farm Bureau Livestock Committee. Marty joined a group of Louisiana cattlemen on a bus trip to Southwest Missouri last week to learn more about that state’s cattle industry. Greg Fox will stop by to talk about last week’s USDA Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Stocks Report, and Dave Foster will lend his insight on the cattle market. We’ll wrap things up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar, where we’ll hear from Taylor Frey with the Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. They have a bus tour coming up later this month, and Taylor will have all of the details about it.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #28 - March 15, 2019

We’re overdue for another podcast, so here we go with Episode #28 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast. We have a very long news segment this time because we’re including excerpts from the induction speeches at the recent Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction Banquet. Four very deserving folks are now in the Hall, and you’ll hear from each of them, along with the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture. Rain and river flooding are on everyone’s minds right now, so we’ll check in with the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain to get his take on the situation in Grassroots Government.  We’ll go In the Field to visit with West Carroll Parish farmer William Stutts, and he will update us on what’s happening on his Northeast Louisiana farm. Our regular market analysts, Greg Fox and Dave Foster, will stop by for an update on the grain and cattle markets. Then we’ll wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #27 - February 22, 2019

Another jam-packed podcast awaits on Episode #27 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture podcast. We cover a lot of ground in the news headlines, with stories on more flood relief money for Louisiana farmers, an increase in sugarcane acreage and a new insect control product available in our state for 2019. In “Grassroots Government” we check in with Louisiana Farm Bureau Lobbyist Joe Mapes to get his outlook on the upcoming legislative session and the election cycle we are now in. We’ll go “In the Field” to talk to DeSoto Parish cattleman Joey Register about how his cattle herd is handling this crazy winter. Our regular market analysts Greg Fox and Dave Foster will give us an update on the grain and cattle markets, then we’ll wrap it up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

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.