Members of Louisiana 4-H who attended the annual National 4-H Congress held in Atlanta during the Thanksgiving weekend. (Photo provided by Louisiana 4-H)

La. 4-H’ers attend National 4-H Congress

Thirty-four teens represented Louisiana at the annual National 4-H Congress, along with more than 1,000 other delegates from throughout the United States and its territories, in Atlanta during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Activities included team-building workshops, informative sessions, a restaurant lunch and an evening of culture at the Atlanta History Museum. Highlights of the museum visit included a catered dinner, a comedy performance, bluegrass music and an African dance performance, said Tanya Giroir, LSU AgCenter youth development instructor and events coordinator.

Treasurer adjusting to new job

Treasurer John Schroder hasn’t yet been on the job for a full month, but he’s keeping tabs on the ongoing budget chatter and the political mood at the State Capitol heading into next year’s legislative sessions.
Schroder said in an interview last week that he intends to keep his office’s entire 83-person staff in place. And a review of departmental processes, from leave time to purchasing and travel, has already started.

A combine harvests rice near Crowley. This year’s crop won’t set any records after excess rainfall stretched into the harvest, making field conditions difficult to cut rice. The quality of the rice also suffered from the wet conditions. Rice prices did see an uptick because of a reduction in acreage in the United States. Most of the reduction occurred in Arkansas. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana farmers see good yields despite tough conditions in 2017

An early spring got many row crops in Louisiana off to a fast start. Unfortunately, a wet summer kept many crops from reaching their potential and caused quality issues once farmers began to harvest.
Tropical storms Cindy and Harvey contributed to a reduction in the state’s rice crop and were responsible for reducing the quality of some soybeans in the state.
Despite unfavorable weather during the latter part of the growing season, several crops had above- average yields.

The scene of the fire that destroyed the home of Allen and Laura Gonsuron on Saturday in the 5700 block of Eunice-Iota Highway. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Fire destroys rural Acadia Parish house

It was not a very merry Christmas for Allen and Laura Gonsuron as their family home was destroyed by a fire.
The fire destroyed the home in Acadia Parish at about 3:30 a.m., Saturday.
According to Eunice Fire Chief Michael Arnold, fire districts responding to the fire in the 5700 block of Eunice-Iota Highway included Acadia District 4, St. Landry Parish Fire District 6, the Richard fire district, and Basile Acadia-Evangeline fire district.


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