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Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

Passing down the passion

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SW Louisiana farm family continues and expands the conservation practices that previous generations started. • By Amy Robertson Fuselier • Located in Louisiana’s Acadia and Vermilion parishes is Simon Farms, a multi-generational family farm known far and wide for their dedication to conservation. This close-knit family has a passion for soil health and a thirst for knowledge about ways to ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts review 2020 rice season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Two Louisiana State University AgCenter rice experts gave their perspectives on the past growing season in Louisiana during a recent online presentation for the 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The event is usually held in one of the six rice-producing states — it was scheduled for Austin, Texas, in 2020 — but it was held ... Read More »

Rice market remains resilient but could face headwinds later in 2021

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• By Kurt M. Guidry • Despite several challenges in 2020, the rice market has been resilient and has remained fairly stable. The first challenge was the large increase in acres in 2020, most of which were in long grain. Total acres harvested this season are estimated at just under 3 million acres, roughly 21% more than in 2019. A ... Read More »

‘Semper Gumby’ took on new meaning in 2020

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The Marines have a motto, “Semper fidelis,” which means always faithful or always loyal. A twist on that is “Semper Gumby,” the motto of Marine parents that means always flexible, according to a former coworker whose son served. Considering the strange twists and turns this year has taken, those Marine parents may be onto something. Farming has always required flexibility ... Read More »

Webinars scheduled for annual state outlook and research reports

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• By Lesley Dixon • In lieu of in-person meetings at the now-canceled 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, the annual state outlook and research reports will be held live via webinar.  The bedrock of the Outlook Conference and the culmination of a year in the rice industry, these reports provide updates, research and analysis from land grant universities in all ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeks nominations for 2021 inductees

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The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2021, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Dec. 1. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the Louisiana Radio ... Read More »

Farmers, LSU AgCenter assess Hurricane Delta damage

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through Louisiana as Hurricane Laura, with many crops still in the field affected by the second major storm to hit the state in six weeks. Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, said a few farmers had damaged bins. He said some rice fields ready for second-crop harvest ... Read More »

Déjà vu as Hurricane Delta hits Louisiana rice country

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• By Kane Webb • Let me begin by stating that those of us in southwest Louisiana, particularly in the rice industry, have decided we want to officially cancel our subscription to the Hurricane of the Month club! This past weekend, southwest Louisiana and areas northward felt the winds and heavy rains of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter: Hurricane Laura ag, forestry losses top $1.6 billion

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Laura caused $525.4 million in damage to Louisiana farmers and $1.1 billion to the Louisiana timber industry, according to preliminary estimates by the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Laura devastated 757,538 acres of timber from the southwest to northeast parts of the state, according to a report by AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry and AgCenter forestry ... Read More »