coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Brahman cattle feed in Vermilion Parish, one of the largest cattle-producing parishes in Louisiana. Cattle prices are depressed because of the coronavirus. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Cattle producers face price declines amid coronavirus pandemic

Cattle producers are facing significant price declines because of the coronavirus pandemic.
LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said prices have fallen about 7% in two months for fed cattle, or animals that are ready for slaughter. The average live-fed steer price across the five major feedlot areas in the country was $124 per hundredweight in January 2020. The price fell by $4 in February 2020, and has averaged about $112 this month.

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LSU chemists help prepare batches of hand rub sanitizer

When the LSU Department of Chemistry received a call a few weeks ago from someone looking for experts to help prepare hand rub sanitizer, LSU chemistry Ph.D. student Anthony Mai agreed to help.
It turns out it was the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office asking for help with preparing and ensuring consistent quality for about 5,000 gallons of hand rub sanitizer.

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Program to offer COVID-19 small business help

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
To help Main Street and rural businesses sustain operations, the loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent. 

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2nd virus death reported in parish

A second death in St. Landry Parish was reported Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health. The first death in the parish was reported on Monday.
The parish had 68 cases as of the noon Friday reported in the state coronavirus COVID-19 update. Wednesday’s parish count was 45 cases in St. Landry Parish.
On Friday, there were 370 coronavirus deaths in the state, 10,297 cases reported, 1,707 people in hospitals from the virus and 535 people on ventilators.
The virus was confirmed in 61 of the 64 parishes.

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