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.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #6 - May 25, 2018

On Episode #6 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we look at the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, where we talk to Northwest Louisiana crop consultant Gary Wolfe and hear about the 2018 Louisiana Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year, Paula Guidry. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Dr. Mike Strains joins us for this week's Grassroots Government segment to discuss the Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Then we go "In the Field" to Central Louisiana to visit with Jim Harper of Rapides Parish. Our regular market analysts, Greg Fox and Dave Foster, get us caught up on the grain and cattle markets, and we wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #5 - May 18, 2018

On Episode #5 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we’ll talk to Charlie Shudmak, president of the American Sugar Cane League about the attacks on the U.S. sugar program during the Farm Bill debate. LSU AgCenter corn and cotton specialist Dan Fromme will give his input on the condition of the Louisiana corn and cotton crops.  Louisiana Farm Bureau lobbyist Joe Mapes will give us a first-hand update on the chaos at the State Capitol in our Grassroots Government segment, then we’ll go In the Field with hay producer Adam Caughern of Caddo Parish. Our regular market commentators, Greg Fox and Dave Foster, will discuss the grain and cattle markets, and we’ll wrap it all up with a look at the Louisiana Ag Calendar.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #4 - May 4, 2018

On Episode #4 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast we check the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture and hear from Louisiana’s 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham about the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill. We'll go “In the Field” to talk to Evangeline Parish farmer Richard Fontenot about his rice and soybean planting progress. We’ll look inside the markets with analysis from Greg Fox and Mark Tall with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association, and get insight on the cattle market from Dave Foster, CEO of Cattle Producers of Louisiana.  Then we’ll wrap up the podcast by looking at the Louisiana ag calendar where we will talk to Taylor Frey, State Coordinator for the Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Institute about their Louisiana Farms Bus Tour coming up on May 9th-11th.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #3 - April 27, 2018

On this week's Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we look at the latest news headlines and talk to Louisiana State Statistician Kathy Broussard about the importance of participating in the Census of Agriculture.  Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain joins us for a look at the current Louisiana legislative session in our Grassroots Government Segment.  We go "In the Field" to talk with Grant Parish farmer Ryan Yerby, who is putting in long hours getting his soybean crop in the ground. We'll take an in-depth look at the grain markets with Greg Fox and Mark Tall. Then we go to the Northwest Louisiana Beef and Forage Field Day to discuss the cattle market with Dr. Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University.  

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #2 - April 20, 2018

On this episode of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast we will talk to Louisiana Senator John Kennedy about the letter he sent to President Trump this week asking him to add Chinese crawfish and shrimp to the list of possible tariffs on Chinese products. Greg Fox takes a look at news affecting the grain markets, and we'll go to Natchitoches to visit with Cattle Producers of Louisiana's Dave Foster, where he gives us a cattle market update from Superior Livestock's Gulf Coast Classic sale. Our Grassroots Government segment takes us to the State Capitol in Baton Rouge to talk to Louisiana Farm Bureau lobbyist Joe Mapes, and we head to the field to visit with Vermillion Parish farmer Christian Richard to talk about his rice, crawfish and soybean crops.

The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #1 - April 13, 2018

In this first episode of our podcast, we look at the latest news headlines in Louisiana agriculture, including the effect that proposed Chinese tariffs on soybeans will have on Louisiana farmers. We'll talk to Greg Fox with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association about the performance of the grain markets over the past week.  We also catch up with Rayburn Smith of Superior Livestock to discuss their upcoming Gulf Coast Classic sale that will be hosted in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Congressman Ralph Abraham gives us an update on the newly-released 2018 Farm Bill, and Caddo Parish Marty Wooldridge joins us for a look at conditions on his cattle operation in Northwest Louisiana.