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April 2017 Articles

Spiritual Corner:
Forum features feral hogs, forest management
Cattlemen, Public Lands Council Applaud
PLC, NCBA Applaud Senate Push for Transparency of Judgment Fund
Unseasonable weather affects Louisiana pastures
Make sure your bulls are ready
Use insecticides only when needed
Factors affecting bred cow valu
Workshop features drones in agriculture
Farm Bureau Welcomes Zinke Confirmation
Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action
Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award
Farmers, Rangers ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net
Farm Bureau Recognizes Monsanto for Wildfire for Wildlife Relief Donations
Agritourism workshop teaches on-farm safety
Flavorful herbs are easy to grow
USDA Designates 13 Counties in Arkansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with
Beef, forage field day set for April 27 in Bossier City
Utah man arrested in Louisiana on timber theft-related charges
LSU AgCenter to hold MarketReady workshops
Just Rambling April 2017

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Spiritual Corner:

Spiritual Corner:

I’ve been reading the book of Psalms lately. My goal has been to read one chapter every morning before I go to work. Just the other day, I read Psalm 79 and it really got me to thinking. Psalm 79:9-13 reads, “Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you... read more


Forum features feral hogs, forest management

Forum features feral hogs, forest management

Writer: Karol Osborne at 318-574-2465 orkosborne@agcenter.lsu.edu The 32nd annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum, held March 2, aimed to assist landowners, foresters and loggers in mapping out a plan to increase productivity and profits during times of market downturn.

 “A small landowner can’t do the same things with 40 acres of land now that... read more


Cattlemen, Public Lands Council Applaud

Cattlemen, Public Lands Council Applaud Confirmation of Zinke for Interior Secretary The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council hailed the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior." This is great news for America's ranchers and cattle producers," NCBA President Craig Uden said. "Ryan... read more


PLC, NCBA Applaud Senate Push for Transparency of Judgment Fund

PLC, NCBA Applaud Senate Push for Transparency of Judgment Fund The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association applaud the introduction of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act, introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. The bill, introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and co-sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Mike... read more


Unseasonable weather affects Louisiana pastures

Unseasonable weather affects Louisiana pastures Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

 (03/22/17) JEANERETTE, La. – Record warm weather has suppressed normal ryegrass growth in many Louisiana pastures, an LSU AgCenter scientist said at the Acadiana Cattle Producers and Iberia Research Station field day on March 18.

 AgCenter ruminant nutritionist Guillermo Scaglia said... read more


Make sure your bulls are ready

Make sure your bulls are ready—Breeding season is approaching quickly and we need to think ahead and not be surprised by any issue that can arise. Some of you may have purchased, or are about to purchase, one or more sires for your operation. Once you go through the selection and purchase of the appropriate bull for your program and transport him to your farm, then starts the significant, but not usually understood process, of getting that bull adapted to your operation. Remember that... read more


Use insecticides only when needed

Use insecticides only when needed Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu 

By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

 Pest problems will become more common as we move into the warmer summer months. Some gardeners still feel that they should immediately get an insecticide and begin spraying when they see insects or some apparent insect damage in their gardens. But just seeing an insect or insect... read more


Factors affecting bred cow valu

Factors affecting bred cow value—Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors including age; quality; weight; stage of gestation; hide color; time of year and location. Research at Oklahoma State University has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value. Purebred cows are more commonly marketed by private treaty or in production sales but the general relative impact of value factors identified... read more


Workshop features drones in agriculture

Workshop features drones in agriculture Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

(03/21/17) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Drones can provide an aerial view of a crop’s progress and health, but they won’t replace scouting fields on foot, LSU AgCenter researchers advised on March 16 at a drone workshop held at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station. 

Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tensas Parish, said insects can’t... read more


Farm Bureau Welcomes Zinke Confirmation

Farm Bureau Welcomes Zinke Confirmation The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Ryan Zinke will bring much-needed balance to the management of our nation’s land and natural resources. Farmers and ranchers are ready for an interior secretary that will work with agriculture to fulfill its mission to protect and manage America’s... read more


Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action

Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action Source: www.fb.org The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today.... read more


Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award

Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu (02/21/17) GONZALES, La. – Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Feb. 18 for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 82nd annual LSU AgCenter Livestock... read more


Farmers, Rangers ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net

Farmers, Rangers ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net The American Farm Bureau Federation and 11 other farm and ranch groups today asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill. The coalition underlined in a letter the need for a strong farm safety net in the face of financial hardship not seen... read more


Farm Bureau Recognizes Monsanto for Wildfire for Wildlife Relief Donations

Farm Bureau Recognizes Monsanto for Wildfire for Wildlife Relief Donations The American Farm Bureau Federation today expressed its appreciation to Monsanto Co. for its generous wildfire relief donation of $200,000 to be shared equally among Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Farm Bureaus. Kansas Farm Bureau will dedicate its $50,000 to the YF&R Wildfire Relief Fund for beginning and young farmers and ranchers in the... read more


Agritourism workshop teaches on-farm safety

Agritourism workshop teaches on-farm safety Writer: Tobie Blanchard at 225-578-5649 or tblanchard@agcenter.lsu.edu 

 (03/20/17) ALBANY, La. – Strawberries glistening in the sun await thousands of children who will visit Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Farm in Albany this spring. In addition to strawberries, the you-pick farm has a picnic area, chickens, face painting, a jump pillow, swings and slides.

 Mrs. Heather’s is popular destination... read more


Flavorful herbs are easy to grow

Flavorful herbs are easy to grow Editor: Rick Bogren

 at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist Convincing a group of kids that herbs are important is easy. Just mention pizza (oregano), spearmint gum (spearmint), dill pickles (dill) and peppermint candy (peppermint), and you’ll have them all agreeing that herbs are great. Adults generally... read more


USDA Designates 13 Counties in Arkansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with

USDA Designates 13 Counties in Arkansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Clayton Parr, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Arkansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Ashley Johnson Madison Scottread more


Beef, forage field day set for April 27 in Bossier City

Beef, forage field day set for April 27 in Bossier City

Writer: Karol Osborne at 318-574-2465 or kosborne@agcenter.lsu.edu

 (03/24/27) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Agriculture producers with cattle interests can get updates on a wide range of topics at the LSU AgCenter beef and forage field day set for April 27 at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City.... read more


Utah man arrested in Louisiana on timber theft-related charges

Utah man arrested in Louisiana on timber theft-related charges

Baton Rouge, La. (March 22, 2017) – Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said LDAF enforcement agents arrested a Utah logger on charges of timber theft by fraud.

Julian Scott Smith, 44, of Heber City, Utah was arrest and booked into the Union Parish Detention Center on March 20. Smith is charged with theft by fraud in the amount of $123,531.39. Bond was set at $25,000.

LDAF enforcement agents... read more


LSU AgCenter to hold MarketReady workshops

LSU AgCenter to hold MarketReady workshops

Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu (03/20/17) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana farmers and fishermen will have an opportunity to learn how to market to local groceries, restaurants, schools and institutions during one-day workshops presented by the LSU AgCenter. “The MarketReady training workshops are an important tool for any producer... read more


Just Rambling April 2017

Just Rambling:                                                                                                                                                              ... read more


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