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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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LSU AgCenter/Bruce Schultz
A harvester cuts the last row of sugar cane in a field near St. Martinville on Friday, the final day of a long, difficult harvest.

Long, difficult sugar cane season finally grinds to halt

ST. MARTINVILLE — The 2018 Louisiana sugar cane harvest resulted in record yield in terms of tonnage but a reduced sugar recovery from last year.
“When it’s all said and done, we should make the same amount of sugar, which was a record last year,” said LSU AgCenter sugar cane specialist Kenneth Gravois.
The grinding season usually ends in early January, but mills went as much as two weeks later. The last two mills to finish were LASUCA in St. Martinville and the St. Mary Sugar Coop in Jeanerette. Both expected to complete grinding Jan. 19.


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