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August 2016 Articles

Just Rambling August 2015
Union Parish
LSU AgCenter Announces State Fair Hay Quality Contest
Finding Comfort in the Chaos of Change
Study shows mosquito pesticides do not cause honeybee mortality
Diseases, insects featured at pecan growers meeting
Louisiana 4-H’ers win national shooting sports championships
North La. farm tour provides updates on crop research
U.S. cattle and beef: the most complex market of all
Try native plants in your landscape
Senate Passes GMO Labeling Legislation
Statement of AFBF President Zippy Duvall on Passage of GMO Disclosure Legislatio
Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding
Statement by Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding
Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba
Reduce utility bills with shade trees
Fighting through the Pain
Sweet Potato Seafood Boil

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Just Rambling August 2015

 Just Rambling:

  During July, I watched portions of the political conventions and, during these conventions and before, I have seen individuals burning the American Flag or carrying flags from other countries. I know a lot of this flag burning happened in the sixties when there were so many protests against the Vietnam war. I didn’t like the flag burning then when I was a teenager and I sure don’t like it now when I am sixty-five. I especially don’t like... read more


Union Parish

 The Union Parish office of the LSU AgCenter would like to congratulate Union Parish 4-H’er Joella Seay and her horse TaDa for being the Junior High Point Winner in the timed (barrels, poles and stakes) events during the recently held LSU AgCenter State 4-H & FFA Horse Show held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La. Joella’s points earned from her placings in the barrel racing (7th place), pole bending (6th place), and stake race (2nd place) classes put... read more


LSU AgCenter Announces State Fair Hay Quality Contest

 LSU AgCenter Announces State Fair Hay Quality Contest

The LSU AgCenter is proud to announce the 3rd Annual LSU AgCenter State Fair Hay Quality Contest to be held at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport this October. The Hay Contest was developed to showcase farmers and ranchers in our area that consistently produce quality forages for livestock. Categories in which farmers and ranchers can enter forages include warm-season perennial forages (bahiagrass, bermudagrass,... read more


Finding Comfort in the Chaos of Change

Spiritual Corner

Finding Comfort in the Chaos of Change


There’s been a lot of changes for me this summer. For one, it’s been the first summer that I haven’t been in school or working in 6 years. I also got married in May of this year. On top of daily growing with my new husband, we also moved into a home we are renting and have started getting used to the reality of paying all of our own bills. All of these changes... read more


Study shows mosquito pesticides do not cause honeybee mortality

Study shows mosquito pesticides do not cause honeybee mortality                                                                 Writer: Randy LaBauve at 225-578-0794 or rlabauve@agcenter.lsu.edu

(07/28/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers in the Department of Entomology found mosquito control... read more


Diseases, insects featured at pecan growers meeting

Diseases, insects featured at pecan growers meeting                                                                                                       Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu


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Louisiana 4-H’ers win national shooting sports championships

Louisiana 4-H’ers win national shooting sports championships 

Writer: Craig Gautreaux at 225-578-5673 or cgautreaux@agcenter.lsu.edu (07/13/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – One Louisiana individual and two state teams were crowned national champions at the annual 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held June 26-July 30 in Grand Island, Nebraska.... read more


North La. farm tour provides updates on crop research

North La. farm tour provides updates on crop research

Writer: Johnny Morgan at 225-578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu BASTROP, La. – Despite sweltering temperatures, nearly 200 participants attended the annual Black Farmers Field Day in Collinston on July 22. The field day has been held... read more


U.S. cattle and beef: the most complex market of all

U.S. cattle and beef: the most complex market of all                                                                                            Source: Pasture to Market Newsletter                              ... read more


Try native plants in your landscape

Try native plants in your landscape                                                                                                                                  Editor: Rick Bogren  at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu,... read more


Senate Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

Senate Passes GMO Labeling Legislation                                                                                                                 Source: Beltway Beef Newsletter                                  ... read more


Statement of AFBF President Zippy Duvall on Passage of GMO Disclosure Legislatio

Statement of AFBF President Zippy Duvall on Passage of GMO Disclosure Legislation in the House



WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2016 - "Today's House passage of GMO disclosure legislation means we now begin the work of putting in place a uniform, national labeling system that will provide balanced, accurate information to consumers. Genetically engineered crops have a decades-long track record of safety and benefits for agricultural productivity and our environment. This legislation helps to continue those benefits by avoiding the confusion of... read more


Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding

Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding President Obama Signing National Biotech Disclosure Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2016 - "President Obama's signature today will put a stop to the harmful patchwork of state GMO labeling laws and set in place a uniform, national disclosure system that will provide balanced, accurate information to consumers. For decades, biotechnology has made it possible for farmers to grow safe and healthful crops while reducing their environmental impact. We are pleased that Congress and the administration have... read more


Statement by Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding

Statement by Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

Statement by Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 5, 2016 - "Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that recognizes the unique financial challenges we face. Running a farm or ranch business is challenging under the best of circumstances as we meet with whatever the markets and Mother Nature send our way. But the tax code shouldn't be as unpredictable... read more


Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba

Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba 

Baton Rouge, La. (July 26, 2016) – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., recently returned from the island nation of Cuba, where he led a 94-person delegation promoting agricultural trade, economic development and tourism.

“We accomplished a great deal during our short visit to Cuba, including opening a dialog with Cuban officials and developing business relationships,” Strain said. “Also, we have a better understanding of what... read more


Reduce utility bills with shade trees

Reduce utility bills with shade trees Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
 When you think of shade trees in your landscape, you most likely focus on the shade they create outside. It would be hard to do anything on a patio or deck this time of the year unless it was shaded. But trees that shade our homes also help hold down inside temperatures far better than curtains or blinds. And... read more


Fighting through the Pain

Fighting through the Pain

July, 2016, has shocked the American people with tragedy after tragedy, and did so again just last week in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, July 17th, a deranged shooter fired on police in the Louisiana capital, killing three and wounding three others. Like so many previous attacks in this country, this one fit a pattern: perpetrated by a hateful and heavily-armed bigot, it seemed designed to incite racial violence and to sow division among our people.

On July 7th – merely two weeks before – another madman had tried this same sinister... read more


Sweet Potato Seafood Boil

Sweet Potato Seafood Boil

For Crawfish and Crabs: Bring the water to a boil with all of the seasoning included.  Add the fresh sweet potatoes (yams) to the boiling water and boil for 10 minutes, but do not remove.  Add crawfish or crabs and once water returns to a boil, cook for an additional 8 minutes.  Turn the fire off and soak the crawfish or crabs and sweet potatoes for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove sweet potatoes and crawfish or crabs from the pot and serve.  If using large yams, you may want to cut them into smaller portions after they are... read more


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