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December 2017 Articles

Just Rambling December 2017:
Spiritual Corner: Four-Legged Life Lessons
Several herbs thrive in the cool season
Grant supports Farm to School Program
Take care of your holiday plants
Outdoor recreation workshop provides information for landowners
Can Storage of Vaccine Affect its Efficacy?
Louisiana pecan crop coming up short
Considerations for the Small Cow-Calf Producer
Agriculture’s Time for Tax Reform
Strain Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform
Farmers, Ranchers Ask USDA to Scrap Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule
Farm Bureau: E-Retailers Dodge Taxes, Rural Communities Languish
Sweetbay magnolia is an excellent native tree
Livestock Air Emission Requirements Delayed for Now
Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 5 in Oak Grove
You are cordially invited to the 2018 Ag Expo Forestry Forum
You’re invited to the 2018 Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference
Trump Administration Appoints Craig McCain to Continue to Serve as State Executi
Pecan Slab Pie

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Just Rambling December 2017:

Just Rambling: For this “Just Rambling” I thought I would look back at writings I had received in the past but very much apply today—even more so today. It is titled “The Prayer”.... read more


Spiritual Corner: Four-Legged Life Lessons

Spiritual Corner: 4-Legged Life Lessons

My husband Randy and I just recently added to our family. Don’t get too excited—I’m not talking children, at least not human children. We adopted another dog to add to the one rescue cat and one rescue dog that we currently already own. Let me tell you just a little about the pets. We have Sutton, our chubby, black and white cat. He has a somewhat... read more


Several herbs thrive in the cool season

Several herbs thrive in the cool season Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu, By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist at 225-578-2222 or dgill@agcenter.lsu.edu Louisiana gardeners can successfully grow a wide variety of culinary... read more


Grant supports Farm to School Program

Grant supports Farm to School Program Writer: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

The Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support, in collaboration with LSU AgCenter, has announced a multiyear effort toward a statewide Farm to School Program. Designed to increase the amount of locally produced foods served in schools, the three-year agreement provides $900,000 to support the program.  “Farm... read more


Take care of your holiday plants

Take care of your holiday plants Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist at 225-578-2222 or dgill@agcenter.lsu.edu We use a variety of decorative plants to dress up our homes during the holidays. Poinsettias, holiday cactuses and living Christmas trees, in particular, play an important part in decking the halls. How well you care for them once you get... read more


Outdoor recreation workshop provides information for landowners

Outdoor recreation workshop provides information for landowners Writer: Karol Osborne at 318-574-2465 or kosborne@agcenter.lsu.edu

(11/07/17) FARMERVILLE, La. — Agriculture producers heard about using agritourism as a way to manage their land for increased profit at a workshop Nov. 1 at the Edgewood Plantation in Farmerville. The Managing Your Land for Outdoor Recreation workshop was sponsored by the LSU Ag Center, Louisiana Delta Adventures Inc. and Mississippi... read more


Can Storage of Vaccine Affect its Efficacy?

Can Storage of Vaccine Affect its Efficacy? Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can off-set much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system. A vaccine can cost over $3.00 a head, and if not stored properly that vaccine can be rendered in effective. Producers cannot afford to overlook the... read more


Louisiana pecan crop coming up short

Louisiana pecan crop coming up short Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu (11/03/17) BOSSIER CITY, La. — Expectations for an excellent Louisiana 2017 pecan crop have been dashed by unfavorable weather, according to the LSU AgCenter pecan specialist. “It’s not nearly as good as what we thought it was going to be,” said Charlie Graham, who is based at the LSU... read more


Considerations for the Small Cow-Calf Producer

Considerations for the Small Cow-Calf Producer Source: Kurt Guidry, Southwest Region Director and Extension Economist, LSU AgCenter Based on the latest USDA Census of Agriculture data, roughly 80 percent of all cattle operations in Louisiana have fewer than 50 head of cows. Most of these “small”... read more


Agriculture’s Time for Tax Reform

Agriculture’s Time for Tax Reform By Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation Congress is debating the first major tax reform package in more than 30 years. This is no small task, and if the right provisions are set in place, an updated federal tax code could yield real economic growth across rural America. We’ve been busy reviewing the tax plan details, looking to... read more


Strain Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform

Strain Statement on President Trump’s Tax Reform

Baton Rouge, La. (November 2, 2017) – Today, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., commended  President Donald J. Trump’s efforts on tax reform which includes cuts for America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters. 

“It is absolutely imperative for the future of agriculture and forestry in the state of Louisiana and the rest of the United States... read more


Farmers, Ranchers Ask USDA to Scrap Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule

Farmers, Ranchers Ask USDA to Scrap Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule                                            As USDA reviews the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, farmers and ranchers are urging the department to completely withdraw the regulation, which goes well beyond the original intent of the Organic... read more


Farm Bureau: E-Retailers Dodge Taxes, Rural Communities Languish

Farm Bureau: E-Retailers Dodge Taxes, Rural Communities Languish                                                          The American Farm Bureau Federation and South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation last night asked the Supreme Court to take up a case that could do away with internet retailers’ ongoing refusal to collect sales taxes – a policy that... read more


Sweetbay magnolia is an excellent native tree

Sweetbay magnolia is an excellent native tree Editor: Rick Bogren at 225-578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist  at 225-578-2222 or dgill@agcenter.lsu.edu Fall — November through early December — is the best time to plant hardy trees in Louisiana. Are you thinking about adding shade trees, small spring- or... read more


Livestock Air Emission Requirements Delayed for Now

Livestock Air Emission Requirements Delayed for Now

J. David Aiken, Professor (UNL Agricultural Law Specialist)

402-472-1848; daiken@unl.edu

Summary. Federal environmental laws require the reporting of emissions or releases of hazardous substances greater than the EPA-established minimum amounts. EPA has established a 2008 reporting exemption for livestock operations smaller than large CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). Environmental groups challenged the EPA... read more


Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 5 in Oak Grove

Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 5 in Oak Grove Writer: Karol Osborne at 318-574-2465 or kosborne@agcenter.lsu.edu(11/10/17) OAK GROVE, La. — Experts from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas will present the latest in soybean research at the 2018 Tri-State Soybean Forum to be held Jan. 5 at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center in Oak Grove. Presentations will cover a variety of production topics on current situations and market outlooks for the... read more


You are cordially invited to the 2018 Ag Expo Forestry Forum

You are cordially invited to the 2018 Ag Expo Forestry Forum. Friday January 19, 2018, 8am to 12pm @ the West Monroe Convention Center. Program begins at 8:25am Welcome – Dr. Michael Blazier, Hill Farm Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Luke Stamper, Area Wildlife & Forestry Agent, Northeast Region, LSU AgCenter 8:30am What Has Happened to the Southern Logging Industry after the Great Recession? – Dr. Richard P. Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center 9:00am Report on... read more


You’re invited to the 2018 Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference

You’re invited to the 2018 Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference Join us February 22-23, 2018 for an inspirational event open to all women in agriculture in Louisiana. We are PROUD of our amazing farmers, and want to invite you to join in for a night of fun and networking, and a day filled with empowering speakers.

It is our goal to provide SUPPORT, EMPOWERMENT and EDUCATION to our amazing Women in Agriculture who are Growing Louisiana’s... read more


Trump Administration Appoints Craig McCain to Continue to Serve as State Executi

Trump Administration Appoints Craig McCain to Continue to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Louisiana The Trump Administration recently appointed Craig McCain to continue to serve as the State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Louisiana Farm Service Agency (FSA). McCain has over 30 years of service with FSA,... read more


Pecan Slab Pie

Pecan Slab Pie

Nonstick cooking spray for baking sheet • 2 - 14.1 ounce boxes of regenerated pie crust ( 4 crusts total) • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar • 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted • 1/4 cup milk • 1/4 cup all purpose flour • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest • 6 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • 2 cups chopped pecans • 2 cups pecan halves... read more


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