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  • Flooding damage to Louisiana agriculture pegged at $277M

    September 13, 2016 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study says the mid-August flooding's wreckage of south Louisiana crops and farmland caused an estimated $277 million in damage. The estimate released Tuesday by LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is more than twice his original damage assessment of what farmers lost in crops, livestock, equipment... more »
  • Two hits for farmers mean strawberries could cost more this season

    September 7, 2016 6:00 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The Louisiana Strawberry was hit hard by two floods in 2016 and it could mean higher prices for the popular fruit in the coming months. "They've had a significant.. loss," Ag Commissioner Mike Strain said. " [ Tangipahoa ] is the center of strawberry production," he said,... more »
  • Cattle were stolen from farm, left on I-12 authorities reveal

    June 28, 2016 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighteen stolen cattle will be returned to the owner Wednesday after the cattle were found in a trailer abandoned on the side of I-12 last week . The cattle were left on the side of I-12 eastbound near Hammond in a stolen cattle trailer. The trailer... more »
  • US rep says he wants Louisiana to pursue commerce with Cuba

    March 27, 2016 6:22 PM

    MONROE - A Louisiana congressman says he wants the state to quickly become a trading partner with Cuba once the U.S. finishes normalizing relations with the island nation. The News Star reports that Republican U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and Rick Crawford of Arkansas are traveling to Cuba on... more »
  • USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

    February 16, 2016 5:23 AM

    WASHINGTON- Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday. The rules are designed to ensure people who use food stamps have better access... more »
  • DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger, then 3-way split

    December 11, 2015 1:29 PM

    DOVER, Del. - Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses. The two companies, whose research has brought the world... more »
  • USDA expects record soybean crop, third-largest corn crop

    November 10, 2015 3:20 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - With most of this year's corn and soybeans harvested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting its expectations for the size of the crops. An update Tuesday says farmers are expected to produce a record soybean crop totaling 3.98 billion bushels, up 1 percent from... more »
  • USDA invests $30M to improve Mississippi River Basin

    November 4, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing ones to improve the Mississippi River Basin's water quality. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a news release Tuesday, said the projects reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to... more »
  • Rain, mud dampen sugarcane harvest Play Video

    November 2, 2015 6:13 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Sugarcane farmers are dealing with soggy fields after another weekend of rain in the Baton Rouge area. Sugarcane farmers in West Baton Rouge like Travis Medine say the year started off great, but now the sugarcane is wet and muddy. The rain knocks down the sugarcane and... more »
  • USDA expands drought aid eligibility in La. and Miss

    October 22, 2015 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers in nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's parishes and of Mississippi's counties are now eligible for drought disaster aid. In Mississippi, USDA added 10 counties to the list of primary disaster areas on Thursday, bringing the total to 30.... more »
  • Farmers in 21 parishes eligible for drought disaster aid

    September 16, 2015 5:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers in 21 Louisiana parishes are eligible for drought disaster aid. It designated 10 parishes - Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union and Webster - as primary disaster areas. News releases Wednesday said the others are... more »
  • Ag broadcaster Mike Danna dies at 54

    March 6, 2015 4:01 PM

    ZACHARY - Louisiana agriculture broadcaster Mike Danna died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 54. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation said on their Facebook page that Danna passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning. Danna was the longtime host of "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture,"... more »
  • Firewood could have dangerous, deadly bug Play Video

    December 1, 2014 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is issuing a public service announcement before you put logs in the fireplace this season. Pests have burrowed into trees and moving firewood around spreads them. To help stop the spread of these pests, ag agents made a PSA and... more »
  • Sugarcane crop rebounds from icy winter Play Video

    November 6, 2014 4:21 PM

    ROSEDALE - Halfway through harvesting, sugarcane experts say Louisiana's on track for a record sugar recovery. This year started off difficult with cold weather. Ideally sugarcane farmers want a warm winter, rainy summer and a dry fall. However, an icy winter hurt sugarcane already planted in the ground, but... more »
  • SU gives kids an appreciation for math, science Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids from all over Louisiana are getting exposed to educational seminars, workshops and games at Southern University this weekend. The Southern Agriculture Youth Exposition is going on and kids are excited to learn more about math, science, and agriculture. "I love science, and being here... more »
  • Drones above farmland could make grocery prices fall Play Video

    May 12, 2014 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Scientists at LSU are getting an aerial view of farmers' crops and what they see could help cut down on rising costs. "I see this as the future of agriculture," researcher Charles Malveaux said. He designed and built an $8000 aircraft, as well as several... more »
  • House votes to allow raw milk sales in Louisiana

    May 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to lift the state's ban on sales of raw milk from farmers to the public. While the agriculture committee had spent hours debating the idea, the House spent less than five minutes on the proposal before passing it in a 77-19 vote... more »
  • Bill would allow the sale of raw milk in Louisiana

    April 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Arguments of choice versus public safety are heated in a fight over whether to let Louisiana farmers sell raw milk to the public. The full state House will consider a bill that would allow sales of unpasteurized milk, after it was advanced in a 9-6 vote Thursday... more »
  • Southern celebrates National Agriculture Day Play Video

    March 20, 2014 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - National Agriculture Day is coming up and the Southern University AgCenter is joining in the celebration. National Ag Day is set aside to recognize the contributions of agriculture. The SU AgCenter is teaming up with JAGS in Ag. to host a three day event. It... more »
  • Feral hogs wreaking havoc across Louisiana Play Video

    March 7, 2014 4:13 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People in West Feliciana Parish are trying their best to knock down the feral hog population. Feral hogs cause destruction to land around Louisiana giving farmers and hunters headaches. The hogs cause millions of dollars of damage across the Southeastern United States, according to the LSU... more »
  • China seeking to export apples to US

    December 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    SPOKANE, Wash. - China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop, are OK with it. It may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should able... more »
  • State wants to lease site of closed syrup mill

    November 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry wants to lease the site of a syrup mill near Lacassine. The mill cost $72 million and operated for only three months. It was built with state funds and touted by the former Ag Commissioner Bob Odom to help... more »
  • Memorial planned for slain Ariz. firefighters

    July 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials scheduled a public memorial for Tuesday in Baton Rouge to honor 19 firefighters killed while fighting a wildfire raging in Arizona. The State Fire Marshal's Office and Department of Agriculture and Forestry are working with several other firefighting agencies in Louisiana to put the... more »
  • Ag commissioner says he won't run for governor

    July 1, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he'll seek re-election to his current position in 2015, rather than running for governor. Strain, a Republican former lawmaker and veterinarian, announced his plans Sunday on his Facebook page. He says friends and supporters asked him to run again to lead the... more »
  • Weather hurt La. rice plantings, researcher says

    June 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    WELSH, La. - The future of Louisiana's rice industry depends on research into new varieties that can provide bigger crop yields and plants that thrive in changing weather conditions, an LSU researcher says. Steve Linscombe, rice research director for the LSU Ag-Center, told farmers attending a Jeff Davis Business Alliance... more »
  • La. donates food to Oklahoma tornado survivors

    May 31, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say Louisiana companies are donating food and supplies to a food bank in Oklahoma following a tornado that wiped out much of the town of Moore. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana has received much help in the past from other parts of the... more »
  • Ag officials warn of potential horse virus

    March 5, 2013 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials are monitoring an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 at the Horse Shows in the Sun equestrian event last month in Ocala, Fla. The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry says on Feb. 21 a horse was diagnosed with a wild strain of the virus... more »
  • 2nd top La extension service official is retiring

    January 14, 2013 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second top official of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is retiring. The LSU AgCenter said Monday that Dwight Landreneau - an AgCenter associate vice chancellor and associate director of the extension service - will retire June 1. On Jan. 4, extension service director and AgCenter vice... more »

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