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  • Fire Danger Across Portions of Louisiana

    March 7, 2013 8:48 AM

    State agriculture officials are warning that dry weather in southwest Louisiana is increasing the danger of wildfires. Calcasieu, Vernon, Allen, Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes are classes as in "very high" danger. Authorities say a "medium" danger exists in Beauregard Parish. Authorities explain conditions favor quick spreading of any fire... more »
  • Farmers Looking for Long-Term Farm Bill

    January 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    Late Tuesday night, Congress passed part of the Farm Bill, keeping many of the existing farm programs in place, including direct payments and crop insurance. The extension passed, keep things in tact this year, but farmers still have some concerns. Dane Hebert is a third generation rice farmer.... more »
  • Study: Agriculture worth $10.7B in Louisiana

    March 27, 2012 5:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says agriculture was worth $10.7 billion to Louisiana's economy last year. AgCenter economist John Westra says the 7 percent gain from 2010 represents the first $10 billion year since 2007. Last year was plagued by drought and flooding. But Westra said Monday... more »
  • Barge Hits Lock; Saltwater Intrusion Expected

    October 13, 2011 1:58 AM

    Farmers in western Vermilion Parish are bracing for saltwater intrusion, which could threaten crawfish and rice yields in the months ahead. The intrusion is expected because of damage at the Leland Bowman Lock outside of Intracoastal City, which was hit by a barge on September 30th. "It's not too... more »
  • Drought, Floods Wreak Havoc on Farmers

    June 1, 2011 6:37 PM

    This is a unique year for South Louisiana, as we experience extreme drought and record floods. And this climate is wreaking havoc on Louisiana farms. Where there's water, there's too much of it. At the same time the rest of the state sits parched. "It's adversely affecting crops,... more »
  • LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry Continue Fighting Fires

    October 8, 2010 5:19 PM

    Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighting crews continue to battle an unusually large number of fires for this time of year, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. Thursday Oct. 7, LDAF crews suppressed 23 wildfires that burned 111.58 acres. Since Oct. 1, LDAF crews have suppressed 189 wildfires that... more »
  • Refinery bringing hope of good times to Louisiana sugar

    February 19, 2010 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana sugar cane growers and the sugar processing industry are uniting to get the product from the fields to the consumer in a direct line. Cane growers hope the deal will boost their $2 billion annual industry, which has struggled with flat prices over two decades... more »
  • 53 parishes declared natural disaster

    November 30, 2009 3:41 PM

    Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared 53 parishes as primary natural disaster areas and ten parishes as contiguous disaster areas due to a combination of disasters including a severe drought and excessive rainfall that caused production losses for farmers throughout the state.... more »
  • La. horse owners put on alert for equine disease

    October 27, 2009 2:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Horse owners, beware. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says a tick-borne disease has shown up in Texas and that horse owners in Louisiana should be on the alert. The disease is called equine piroplasmosis, or EP for short. It's a tick-borne disease caused by microscopic... more »
  • Animal activists file complaint

    October 21, 2009 11:44 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - More complaints of animal neglect have been made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center. For the second time this year, an animal rights group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant... more »
  • LSU Experts Say `crazy' ants Headed For Louisiana

    September 21, 2009 9:26 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Experts at the LSU AgCenter say a new type of pest may be making its way to Louisiana. They are called "Rasberry crazy ants." They were first discovered in the U.S. in southeastern Texas. LSU entomologists say they are likely making their way into Louisiana. Linda... more »

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