The U.S. agriculture population is poised to make a dramatic change because more than 50 percent of current farmers are likely to retire in the next five years. U.S. farmers over age 55 control more than half the farmland, while the number of farmers replacing them has fallen.
The summer issue of Louisiana Agriculture includes articles on sugarcane breeding using molecular technology, improved bedding sources for commercial broiler production and the greenhead horse fly as a bioindicator of marsh health after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Other topics covered include nutrition education, wetlands for storm damage mitigation and the crawfish industry. 32 pages.
Louisiana Agriculture Magazine
Honduran students get hands-on experience at Dean Lee Research Station. Japanese company looks to AgCenter for expertise
LSU AgCenter researchers investigated populations of the salt marsh greenhead horse fly (Tabanusnigro vittatus) as bioindicators of marsh health in the aftermath of the April 2010 Macondo oil spill in theGulf of Mexico.
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station is devoted to horticulture research and extension programs that aid the commercial nursery and landscape industry as well as home gardeners. Its mission is to conduct research on environmental and production factors that affect quality and sustainability of plants in the landscape.
Knowing how producers adopt new production practices is vital to research and program planning. Production practices in Louisiana rice have changed dramatically over the past decade.
More than 40 years ago very far-sighted Louisiana rice industry leaders understood the importance of research to improve rice production technology. Through legislative action, the rice research checkoff program was established. As a result of an October 2013 Louisiana Supreme Court ruling, this highly successful program was declared unconstitutional.
As the largest U.S. crawfish producer, Louisiana had 1,265 crawfish farms covering more than 182,000 acres in 2013, according to the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources published by the LSU AgCenter.
Sugarcane is one of the most highly valued row crop in Louisiana, contributing $2.79 billion to the state’s economy when considering value-added components. In 2013, the crop was harvested from 439,256 acres with a yield of 34.3 tons of cane per acre, which translated to 1.46 million tons of raw sugar.
Biomass from agricultural crops is a major potential source of feedstock for renewable energy. It has several advantages, such as lowering carbon dioxide emissions and stabilizing energy dependence.
Harrell named new rice specialist. Three AgCenter projects get LIFT grants. 4-H Food & Fitness Board learns about careers. Marsh Maneuvers celebrates 25 years.
Pine shavings and rice hulls are the most widely used sources of bedding in commercial broiler production in Louisiana. But, the broiler industry always is looking for new sources of bedding that will not compromise production, efficiency of growth or animal well-being, as well as not increase ammonia emissions or phosphorus leaving the broiler houses.
Many people in Louisiana face nutrition-related health challenges, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity, all of which can positively impacted by choosing healthful food.
The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley is the 25 million-acre floodplain of the Mississippi River that extends from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers southward to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Old Forestry Building on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus is old for its 58 years. Its stairs, which lead to a dust-coated second floor, creak unsettlingly. Many ceiling tiles are either stained or missing.
Goss’s wilt is a bacterial corn disease new to Louisiana. During the 2013 growing season, it was observed in northeastern Louisiana and reported for the first time.
Each year, tropical storms and hurricanes threaten the lives and livelihoods of Louisiana residents. In the past decade, powerful hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damages to coastal communities. Even less powerful tropical storms can cause widespread damage.
Kuttruff promoted to department head. College of Ag gets dual enrollment courses. Conerly named FFA secretary.
Steers with higher levels of Brahman breeding are often negatively perceived in terms of meat tenderness. Bonsmara is a South African breed created through crossbreeding of Afrikaner, Hereford and Shorthorn cattle.
Because Brahman cattle have been associated with poor temperament and meat quality, researchers have been looking at crosses involving the tropically adapted Brahman breed and comparing them to crosses involving another tropically adapted breed, Africaner.