Agriculture

New rice varieties show promise

With planting only weeks away, LSU AgCenter rice experts held a meeting on Feb. in Manssura 21 to bring farmers up to date on what they should consider in the upcoming crop.
AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell said the 2018 yields of Provisia rice in its first year of commercial production surprised many. “I think a lot of growers were pleased with the Provisia system,” he said.

J.S. Aucoin garden teaches growing, eating veggies

AMELIA — Kmberly Perez ate her share of cauliflower, and then she asked for more.
“I normally don’t eat vegetables,” said the fourth-grader, a member of the garden club at J.S. Aucoin Elementary School in Amelia.
The cauliflower was grown in the school garden, and it was sautéed with bread crumbs by Jessica Randazzo, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent in St. Mary Parish.
While she cooked, Randazzo explained the benefits of cauliflower, including vitamin C, fiber and folates.

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USA Rice’s Dr. Steve Linscombe introduces the Louisiana members of the Rice Leadership Development Program during the annual meetings of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association in Jennings. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Shea Duncan)

USA Rice reports to industry in Jennings; sees an old friend

More than 230 rice industry members gathered here for the annual meetings of the Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA), and to hear reports and updates from Baton Rouge and Washington, DC.
The meeting opened with the powerful Future Farmers of America creed delivered by Isabella Hardy, a freshman at Lacassine High School, and then remarks from Gov. John Bel Edwards, who praised the rice industry for contributing to the economy of Louisiana that he said was going strong.

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Lake Providence farmer Robbie Howard, center, was presented the Outstanding Master Farmer Award on Jan. 10, 2019. He is pictured with, from left, LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson; John Pitre, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; Eric Bergeron, of Gowan; Stephen Austin, of the Louisiana Land Bank; Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain; and David Daigle, president of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana Master Farmer Program recently graduates 13, honors outstanding participant

Thirteen farmers who completed an LSU AgCenter environmental stewardship training program were recognized at a ceremony Jan. 10.
Members of the 2018 class of Louisiana Master Farmers received certificates during the annual Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge.
To qualify, they had to attend educational sessions about research-based conservation strategies and write plans for implementing such practices on their farms.

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