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December 2014 Articles

Fruit, vegetable growers hear about practices, products
Pasture preparation starts now, experts say
Feeding Hay: Management Considerations
Mobile Pet Shelter for Disasters Becoming a Reality
Horses need proper feeding in winter
Cool down horses after exercise in winter
Bed preparation key to long-term landscape success
Horse owners should watch for symptoms of coronavirus
Farm Bureau and Coalition Call for Lame-Duck Congress to Extend Key Tax Provisio
American Farm Bureau Calls on EPA to Ditch the Waters of the U.S. Rule
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding
Louisiana pecan industry still catching up from 2011 drought
Estimated Feeding Returns in the Broiler Chicken Industry
As strong as an oak
Increasing production efficiency in the cowherd without in
Slow Cooler Dressing
Humor
2013 U.S. animal agriculture

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Fruit, vegetable growers hear about practices, products

 Fruit, vegetable growers hear about practices, products    Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Proper record keeping is essential for vegetable producers to verify their compliance with new Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs), LSU AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari told a recent meeting of Louisiana fruit and vegetable growers.read more


Pasture preparation starts now, experts say

 Pasture preparation starts now, experts say  Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

 OPELOUSAS, La. -- It’s not too early to start preparing spring pastures by attacking weeds and addressing fertility issues, LSU AgCenter experts advised Thursday (Nov. 6) at a beef cattle producer program.

 LSU AgCenter weed scientist Ron Strahan said good rainfall didn’t just benefit forage. “It... read more


Feeding Hay: Management Considerations

 Feeding Hay: Management Considerations - Winter feeding is often cited as the greatest cost associated with livestock production and hay is the primary winter feed used in most operations. Grazing is usually more economical than hay feeding so one goal should be to graze as long as possible before starting to feed hay. Whatever plans had been made for extending

grazing there will most likely be a time when hay feeding is necessary. Like other feed options, hay is an expensive... read more


Mobile Pet Shelter for Disasters Becoming a Reality

 Mobile Pet Shelter for Disasters Becoming a Reality   Source: www.ldaf.state.la.us

Baton Rouge, La. (November­­­ 24, 2014) – Construction is expected to begin in December for a mobile pet shelter scheduled to be in use by the 2015 hurricane season.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “The evacuation, transportation and sheltering of household pets during... read more


Horses need proper feeding in winter

 Horses need proper feeding in winter

Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Winter is quickly approaching in Louisiana.

 In most other parts of the country, that means increased stable time, decreased riding time and significantly different nutrient requirements for our horses, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker. Despite Louisiana’s mild winters, decreased temperatures... read more


Cool down horses after exercise in winter

 Cool down horses after exercise in winter            Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

BATON ROUGE, La. – As cool November temperatures arrive in Louisiana, horse owners need to make preparations to keep their horses healthy through the winter.

“However, don’t let this cold weather fool you,” said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker. “Your riding and training goals... read more


Bed preparation key to long-term landscape success

 Bed preparation key to long-term landscape success          Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

 By Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist

 HAMMOND, La. – Whether renovating an existing landscape or starting from scratch, we need to remember that soil pH and proper bed preparation will be essential in assuring top performance of our ornamental plants. A Louisiana landscape planned for long-term... read more


Horse owners should watch for symptoms of coronavirus

 Horse owners should watch for symptoms of coronavirus

Writer: Olivia McClure at 225-578-3262 or  omcclure@agcenter.lsu.edu

 BATON ROUGE, La. – A horse in Port Allen, Louisiana, has been diagnosed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine with equine enteric coronavirus. This highly infectious RNA virus can cause intestinal distress and is more common during the colder months of the year, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.

 Coronaviruses... read more


Farm Bureau and Coalition Call for Lame-Duck Congress to Extend Key Tax Provisio

 Farm Bureau and Coalition Call for Lame-Duck Congress to Extend Key Tax Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2014 – America’s farmers and ranchers are ready for Congress to act swiftly to restore tax provisions essential to boosting small businesses and rural economies, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Farm Bureau urged members of both chambers to work across the aisle to renew and preserve important tax provisions... read more


American Farm Bureau Calls on EPA to Ditch the Waters of the U.S. Rule

 American Farm Bureau Calls on EPA to Ditch the Waters of the U.S. Rule        Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is a blatant effort to expand federal authority over land use by regulating land as if it were “water,” the American Farm Bureau Federation said today.

AFBF filed formal comments... read more


Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding

 Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding President Obama’s Statement on Immigration Source: www.fb.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2014 – “In practical terms, we do not expect the president’s initiative to help America’s farmers deal with the real labor challenges they face. Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything... read more


Louisiana pecan industry still catching up from 2011 drought

 Louisiana pecan industry still catching up from 2011 drought

Writer: Olivia McClure at 225-578-3262 or omcclure@agcenter.lsu.edu

 SHREVEPORT, La. – As the weather cools off and the holidays get closer, “we buy pecans” signs are cropping up at gas stations and small stores along Louisiana highways.

 Pecan harvest started about three weeks ago and will run through late December, said LSU AgCenter pecan specialist Charlie Graham.... read more


Estimated Feeding Returns in the Broiler Chicken Industry

 Estimated Feeding Returns in the Broiler Chicken Industry          Source: Ross Pruitt, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter

Net ready-to-cook (RTC) broiler chicken production has moderated in recent years from growth rates that frequently exceeded four percent prior to the early 2000s. Increased feed grain prices, excess supply, and the economic recession of 2007-2009 have contributed to modest production increases and two... read more


As strong as an oak

 As strong as an oak        Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu, By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

 The oaks have become a part of American culture more than many other type of tree. Oaks are a symbol of strength and durability. Strong as an oak is a common comparison. “From little acorns mighty oaks do grow,” is a saying used to mean that small beginnings can lead to great things.

 Oaks are not among the fastest growing shade... read more


Increasing production efficiency in the cowherd without in

 Increasing production efficiency in the cowherd without increasing inputs

The cattle markets over the past few years have been very strong, but at the same time they have been faced with high production costs. With cattle selling at record high val-ues a lot of producers have expressed interest in increasing their herds, but have been hesitant due to the increased cost of produc-tion. A comment from Dr. Jude Capper sparked the topic of this article. Dr. Capper made the following statement... read more


Slow Cooler Dressing

 Slow Cooker Dressing


1 pkg Jiffy Corn bread Mix (Cooked)

1 can cream of celery soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 Walmart rotisserie chicken deboned

1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery

10 slices torn white bread 4 eggs, beaten

2 cans chicken broth 2 t Poultry seasoning


Mix by hand and put in crock pot-(6qt)

Add 1 tablespoon butter on top, Cook 4-5 hours

Put on high & then on Low or medium

Stir... read more


Humor

 Humor Helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable. Billy Graham

... read more

2013 U.S. animal agriculture

 2013 U.S. animal agriculture contributed:


*         Over 1.9 million jobs to the economy;


*         $371 billion to gross domestic product; and


*         $65 billion to household incomes.


At the national level animal agriculture paid $16 billion in income taxes and $7 billion in property taxes. In addition, the farmers and ranchers involved in animal agriculture contributed 5% or more of gross state product in 15 states-Alabama,... read more


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