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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 »

Louisiana growers continue to assess Hurricane Laura damage

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• By Steve Linscombe, Josh Hankins and Emily Woodall • It’s been a week since Hurricane Laura made landfall in the rice country of southwest Louisiana, carving a path of destruction with winds and rain that then moved on through neighboring states to the north. Effects on the 2020 rice crop are still being assessed to determine the extent of ... Read More »

Laura’s wind, rain deal blow to harvested rice in Louisiana

destroyed binis

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers without electricity across southwest Louisiana are struggling to save their rice crop in storage. Farmer Paul Johnson of Bell City had a good rice crop harvested long before Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast Aug. 27. He stored his grain at a dryer facility in Thornwell, but the storm blew parts of the ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Louisiana agriculture

Floodwater surrounds a seafood store in Delcambre.

• By Bruce Schultz • Although definitive results won’t be available for a few days, the effects on agriculture appear to be less destructive than most people feared before Hurricane Laura struck, but forests and residences sustained significant damage. Blair Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent for sugarcane in the Bayou Teche area, said cane plants have been blown down, or lodged, ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

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Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers prepare for Hurricane Laura

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• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers are preparing for Hurricane Laura by getting their crops out of the fields and moving livestock away from coastal areas. A previous storm that hit the Cameron Parish coast almost 15 years ago is being used as a reference with expectations Laura will bring a devastating storm surge. “It’s looking like Hurricane Rita,” said ... Read More »

Four, including a rice grower, inducted into the Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

John Denison

Four icons of agriculture were inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony Aug. 6 at the L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge. The four individuals are James Barnett, a forestry researcher from Pineville; John Denison, a rice, crawfish and cattle farmer from Iowa; Jay Hardwick, a row crop farmer from Newellton; and Calvin Viator, an agricultural crop ... Read More »

LSU virtual field day focuses on row rice in NE Louisiana

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• By Bruce Schultz • Presentations for the virtual northeast Louisiana row rice field day were released July 27, providing farmers with the latest information from Louisiana State University AgCenter researchers.The complete event is available online at https://bit.ly/LSURowRice. Melissa Cater, director of the AgCenter Northeast Region, credited AgCenter agents Keith Collins and Bruce Garner for their work on the virtual ... Read More »

Rice, crawfish farmer elected to lead Louisiana Farm Bureau

Jim Harper

Jim Harper, a rice, crawfish, sugarcane and soybean farmer in Rapides Parish, has been elected as the 12th president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. Harper now leads the state’s largest general farm organization at a pivotal moment where farmers face a number of issues in the state and nation. He succeeds Ronnie Anderson of Ethel, Louisiana, who served for 31 ... Read More »

South Louisiana Rail Facility to build rice mill

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The South Louisiana Rail Facility plans to develop an $11.6 million rice mill in Jefferson Davis Parish. Located at the Lacassine Industrial Park, SLRF is owned by the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury and can handle up to 25,000 bushels of rice per hour for storage and export. SLRF will invest $10 million to equip the new 15,000-square-foot facility, with ... Read More »