Agriculture

AgMagic to teach about food, fiber at state fair

AgMagic, the premier agricultural exhibit of the LSU AgCenter will open to the public Oct. 26 and run through Nov. 12 at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport.
The annual event will feature Louisiana agriculture and commodities following their evolution from past to present. This year’s theme is “Highlighting Agriculture: An American Tradition.”
“We’re finding that youth, even rural youth who are surrounded by agriculture, have little or no concept of how their food gets from the farm to the table,” said LSU AgCenter 4-H regional coordinator Karen Martin.

Blue Bouillion is the Cattleman of the Year.

Boullion named Cattleman of the Year

Blue Boullion of Kaplan is the 2017 Cattle Festival Cattleman of the Year.
The 69th Louisiana Cattle Festival will take place Oct. 13-15 in downtown Abbeville.
Boullion will be among those recognized at this year’s Honoree Banquet at Magdalen Place in Abbeville, Thursday evening, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. Tickets are available, for $15 each, from any festival member or by calling (337) 652-0646.

Nominations open for Ag Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its induction ceremony, which will be held March 22, 2018, at the L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge.
The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter extension office. The deadline for the nominations is Nov. 20.

Robert Reigh, director of the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, left, listens as a visitor asks questions about alligators on Sept. 7, 2017. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

Chinese group learns about alligators at LSU AgCenter

A group of Chinese crocodile farmers, tanners and others who work in the industry visited the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station and Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising during a trip to Louisiana from Sept. 6 to 8.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries organized the tour. The 10 visitors are from Hunan Province, which is located in southeast China and is one of the country’s most populous provinces.

Grinding time — An 18-wheeler load of sugar cane dumps its cargo at the LaSuCa mill at St. John earlier this week. Grinding got off to a smooth start and the mill is expected to complete harvest of the 2017 crop in early January. Motorists are cautioned to be wary of the big trucks and cane carts making their way to the mill located on La. 347/Resweber Hwy between St. Martinville and Parks.(Karl Jeter)

Sugar harvest off to a favorable start

The 2017 harvest of the parish’s sugar cane crop appears to be off to a good start, says County Agent Stuart Gauthier.
The LaSuCa mill at St. John cranked up last Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a season that is expected to stretch well into December.
“The current weather is very similar to what we were seeing at the beginning of last year’s harvest,” Gauthier said Tuesday. “But the crop is a bit different,” he added. “Last year we saw tonnage a bit on the low side but the sugar content was high. So far this year we’ve got decent tonnage but the sugar is not quite as high.”

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