South Carolina takes first place at 4-H seafood cook-off

By Johnny Morgan,
NEW ORLEANS — The competition was steep with seven teams competing at this year’s Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition at the Morial Convention Center on Aug. 5.
The teams competing this year included 4-H members from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, which had two teams.
The South Carolina team — Ginger Wertz, Allie Trotter, Laken Fulmer and Lindsey Scott — pulled away from the pack with their blue crab cakes.

Charles Wahl, an LSU AgCenter entomology research associate, drops weevil-infested giant salvinia into a hole he cleared in a mat of aquatic vegetation, including both common and giant salvinia. The weevils feed on giant salvinia and help control the invasive plant. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter.

Salvinia control efforts helped, hurt by winter’s severe cold

By Craig Gautreaux,
STEPHENSVILLE — A severe winter in Louisiana caused much of the giant salvinia in the state to die off, especially in the northern part of the state. However, the weather caused a drastic reduction of a weevil being used to control salvinia.


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