The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast #36 - August 12, 2019

On Episode #36 of The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Podcast, we will dig deep into the class-action lawsuit that all Louisiana rice producers are now a part of.  We’ll visit with Acadia Parish rice grower Jackie Loewer about the history of the suit and how we got to this point.  Cotton prices have taken a nose dive over the last few months, so Don Molino will visit with LSU AgCenter Ag Economist Dr. Michael Deliberto about the factors that have weighed so heavily on the cotton market. Rice harvest is moving at full speed in Louisiana, and Rice Specialist Dr. Dustin Harrell will give us an update on how harvest is progressing. In Grassroots Government, we will talk to the “Dean” of the Louisiana House of Representatives Andy Anders. Andy is a former farmer who won a seat in the State Legislature over 13 years ago, and for several years he chaired the House Agriculture Committee. We’ll go “In the Field” to visit with Alan Lawson, an Acadia Parish rice, crawfish and soybean farmer.  Alan will talk about his 2019 rice crop and how his harvest is going so far. USDA released its August Crop Production and Supply and Demand Report on Monday, and it had a big effect on the corn market.  Louisiana Farm Bureau Grain Marketing Specialist Greg Fox will discuss the report and why it caused such a disruption in the grain markets. Cattle futures were limit down on Monday, so we’ll visit with Dave Foster of Cattle Producers of Louisiana to get his take on the cattle markets.  Then we’ll wrap it all up with Jack Dillard’s “Voice of the Ark-La-Tex.”