The pandemic in 2020 caused many of the educational programs offered by the LSU AgCenter to go virtual. But this also triggered an expansion in the reach and diversity of many of these programs. Read more about these program opportunities along with articles on crop variety testing, herbicide use with sweet potatoes, breeding disease resistance into rice, growing citrus in greenhouses and more in the winter 2021 edition of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.
David Moseley, Stephen Harrison, Boyd Padgett, Trey Price, Dustin Harrell, Kenneth Gravois, Don La Bonte and Matt Foster
LSU AgCenter researchers test the new crop varieties that come on the market yearly to see which work best for Louisiana and under what conditions.
Donnie K. Miller
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the effects on sweet potatoes of two new pesticide technologies — 2,4-D choline and dicamba — which are used with soybean, cotton and corn.
LSU AgCenter researchers studied Twitter postings to determine fashion consumption patterns during the pandemic to aid the clothing industry in its recovery.
Herry Utomo, Ida Wenefrida and Bob Butcher
LSU AgCenter researchers have developed a new low-glycemic rice variety, which has the potential to help curb the rising incidence of diabetes around the world.
An LSU AgCenter plant pathologist will use a $500,000 grant to pinpoint the location of a gene in rice that could help farmers control the Cercospora disease.
Rodrigo A. Valverde
Like humans and other animals, plants also suffer viruses. Getting rid of them and controlling them is similar no matter whether plant or person.
Ashley K. Edwards, Jason E. Holmes, A. Lee Faulk and Vince Deshotel
LSU AgCenter livestock specialists and agents have developed online learning tools for cattle producers during the pandemic, which are being well-received.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Louisiana and the rest of the nation into a quarantine scenario, many people turned to gardening and help from the LSU AgCenter.
Sandra May, Mandy Armentor and Elizabeth Gollub
To combat the problem of high blood pressure in Louisiana, LSU AgCenter specialists have developed an educational program to help people reduce salt use.
Citrus has been grown in Louisiana for three centuries. But new environmental pressures are calling for innovation in citrus production, such as growing in greenhouses.
Matthew Greene, Ruthie Losavio and Denise Holston
LSU AgCenter researchers conducted a survey to determine the best ways to reach diverse audiences during a pandemic with nutrition education.
Evelyn Watts and Wenqing “Wennie” Xu
LSU AgCenter specialists acted fast to prepare and distribute visual materials that included guidelines for prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
Regional director Tara Smith found that supportive people made a difference in her career path, and she hopes to do the same for others.
Linda Foster Benedict
Scientists awarded $600,000 to study water use on farms; $100,000 raised for scholarships; AgCenter and College of Ag faculty and staff honored with top 2020 awards; and more.
College hosts 26 high school seniors in 2020 Ag Fellows program; Traje wearable art exhibit in Human Ecology Building; Food Bank volunteers; Diversity champions.