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City of VP requests assistance from EPPJ to clean canals

During a recent Evangeline Parish Police Jury meeting City of Ville Platte officials addressed the jury requesting assistance in cleaning city canals.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said, “We need help from the police jury to clean the canals in the city. And, we don’t understand why the police jury cannot clean the canals in the city, especially now since that amendment passed last election that is allowing public political subdivisions to loan equipment to one another.
“Can we come to a consensus where the canals in the city can be cleaned?”

The popular Celeste fig resists splitting and souring. (LSU AgCenter file photo)

Figs thrive in Louisiana landscapes

Figs are one of the most widely planted fruit trees in home landscapes in Louisiana. With little care, they will produce crops of juicy, sweet figs every July.
The fig, Ficus carica, is native to Asia Minor and is thought to be one of the earliest fruit trees cultivated by humans. It belongs to a group of plants which have milky sap, or latex, and includes the rubber tree (Ficus elastica) along with a number of popular houseplants. Be aware that contact with fig tree foliage can cause dermatitis in some people.

Student volunteers plant buttonbush shrubs, pickerelweed and rose mallows for a bioswale on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

UL Lafayette No. 195 in the world for eco-friendliness

Sustainability efforts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are being noticed from a distance of more than 10,000 miles.
UL Lafayette is 195th on the 2018 University of Indonesia’s GreenMetric Rankings released recently. UL Lafayette is No. 25 in the United States.
Eco-friendly practices and overall campus environment were considered at 719 universities from 81 countries for UI’s GreenMetric list. It relies on data collected via online questionnaires submitted by each university.

Almost any tree in the landscape, like these southern sugar maples at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, can benefit from proper fertilizer application. February is a good time to fertilize trees. (LSU AgCenter file photo by Allen Owings)

February is the time to fertilize trees

February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Most trees are just beginning to enter a growth phase or will within a few weeks. Fertilizing this month provides them with nutrients just when they can use them most effectively.
Most of us tend to take our landscape trees for granted. Lavishing attention on our lawns, shrubs and flower beds, we forget that trees are growing, living plants, too. And they require some of the same care. In particular, the benefits of fertilizing trees are often overlooked.

A fisherman runs crawfish traps off La. 35 on a recent day. According to the LSU AgCenter’s 2017 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, there were 245 crawfish producers in Acadia Parish and 42,000 acres of land in crawfish production that year. (Photo by Claudette Olivier/Church Point News)

Crawfish harvesting

A fisherman runs crawfish traps off La. 35 on a recent day. According to the LSU AgCenter’s 2017 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, there were 245 crawfish producers in Acadia Parish and 42,000 acres of land in crawfish production that year. (Photo by Claudette Olivier/Church Point News)

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