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Michael Keenan, a professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, conducts research on resistant starch. A new health claim approved by the Food and Drug Administration says the resistant starch, high-amylose maize starch, could be effective in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. (Photo by Tobie Blanchard/LSU AgCenter)

Finding at LSU may impact Type 2 diabetes

High-amylose maize starch, which contains a high amount of starch that resists digestion and was tested for health benefits with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers, could be effective in the fight against Type 2 diabetes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA approved a qualified health claim for products containing high-amylose maize starch, saying the consumption of this starch may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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Columnist and author Jim Bradshaw spoke to the Evangeline Parish Genealogical and Historical Society on Jan. 21. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Columnist Bradshaw talks about what else? History

Jim Bradshaw provided a humourous take on the rich and diverse history of the Acadiana region.
The C’est Vrai columnist, longtime former newspaper man and non-fiction author served as the guest speaker at the Evangeline Parish Genealogical and Historical Society’s annual meeting on Jan. 21 at the Evangeline Parish Library on Main Street.
“This is history you won’t find anywhere else,” Bradshaw, who has received the Prix de Louisiane award by the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, said.

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Tri-Parish jobs end year on down note

The Tri-Parish job picture ended on a down note at the end of year, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.
Unemployment rates were up in St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parishes in December compared to December 2015.
The number of people with jobs in the Tri-Parish area declined 5.5 percent, according to statistics. In December, the three parishes tallied 63,572 people working, down 3,718 from the 67,290 people working in December 2015.

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The Acadia Parish School Board elected its officers for the next two-year term. Serving the board will be James Higginbotham as president and Delo Hebert as vice president. (Photo from the The Crowley Post-Signal)
From The Crowley Post-Signal

Acadia School Board elects new officers, hears reports

With no meeting set for January, there was actually one item that needed to be taken care of before hitting February: The election of officers.
Doug LaCombe, who had served for four years as president as the board’s president, offered up his thanks for an opportunity to serve.
“Before I open up the floor for the election of officers, I’d like to thank this board for the past four years for allowing me to be your president,” he said. “There’s no ‘I’ in team. There was ‘we’ and ‘us’.”

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Fourteen people were certified as Louisiana Master Farmers in 2016. They were recognized at a luncheon held Jan. 12 at the Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center. From left to right, Ernest Girouard, LSU AgCenter coordinator of the Master Farmer Program; James Wicker, of Union Parish; Ty Rogers, of West Carroll Parish; Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Roy Varnado, of Acadia Parish; Scott Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; Keith McCallum, of West Feliciana Parish; Todd Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; J.D. Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; Tim Wild, of Jefferson Davis Parish; Horace Steve Theriot, of Lafayette Parish; Bill Wild, of Jefferson Davis Parish; John Pitre, NRCS state resource conservationist; George Shepherd, of Madison Parish; and Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture. Also certified but not present at the luncheon are Charlie Fontenot, of St. Landry Parish; Joshua Sonnier, of Vermilion Parish; and Jimmy Wilson, of Morehouse Parish. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Tri-Parish farmers among Louisiana Master Farmer program graduates

Fourteen people who have completed training through the Louisiana Master Farmer program, an initiative led by the LSU AgCenter and several other organizations to help agriculture producers adopt practices that promote good environmental stewardship, received their certifications on Jan. 12.

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