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October is all about pink in support of breast cancer awareness. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

ST. GABRIEL — The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way the LSU AgCenter conducts business but getting information to those who need it has not.

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana Super Plants program. This year we celebrate by adding two true native woody plants: American beautyberry and our state tree, the bald cypress.

As the consumer horticulture extension specialist for Louisiana, I am interested in understanding how the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic affected the amount of gardening folks did while they were at home.

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Recently, a virtual class was held for those interested in learning more about the air fryer.

Fig season is well underway, and many fig varieties are wrapping up their production while others are still producing and ripening.

BATON ROUGE — The LSU AgCenter is using technology to transform the way it offers nutrition classes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

It first showed up in Texas in 2004 and made its way across the Gulf States. Now, crape myrtle bark scale can be found as far west as New Mexico, as far north as Kansas and as far east as Virginia. It is most prevalent in Texas and Louisiana.

Foreign nationals with an interest in agricultural lands in the U.S. they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

It’s August in Louisiana, and we don’t recommend doing much in the garden or, shall we say, not much in this heat.

I have had the pleasure of precepting another Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Fran-U) dietetic intern for the past two weeks.

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As humans, we need water, food and sleep. OK — more than that. We also need a good immune system, among other things. But thanks to plants and the sun, we as humans can eat, breathe and live. Ultimately, our survival depends on them.

It is the time of year when we begin to see large machinery hit the fields. That is right – it is harvest season. Corn producers are heading to the field to see if their hard work during the growing season has paid off.

This weekend we will celebrate Independence Day, the day in which we honor America’s birthday. What are some of your favorite July 4 traditions?

Growing plants in containers can be very convenient. For one thing, it makes plants portable. Unlike plants in the ground, containers can be moved to the perfect location for their growth.

Have you harvested all your cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant?

It is officially summertime. How are you beating the heat this summer? Living in Louisiana, we know the heat can be pretty intense; therefore, it is extremely important to stay hydrated.

Do you ever dream of lush gardens filled with exotic, tropical plants? During this time when folks are still cautiously in quarantine, you can create a tranquil oasis of your own. When you can’t get to the tropics, why not bring the tropics to you?

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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an informational meeting regarding the 2020 County Committee Election process at 7:30 a.m. July 21 at 3377 Major Parkway, New Roads.

As people are staying at home during the pandemic, many are developing a green thumb, passing the newfound time on their hands with gardening. For some, this newfound hobby and interest in gardening are an attempt to ensure they have access to fresh food caused by shortages of produce in gro…

As we move into June, the thing on everyone’s mind this year, other than COVID-19, is the start of hurricane season. The U.S. had one named storm last week, while we are watching a tropcial depression in the lower Gulf..

Working remotely comes with its own challenges, but one thing that is constant again this year is those pesky gnats hovering around my head as I work in own home landscape. These gnats have many common names and cover several species.

During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, an exceptional increase in the number of first-time gardeners can be seen across Louisiana as well as across the nation. Due to quarantine requirements, people have time on their hands.

Anyone get intimidated by the oils at the store? Which ones are healthy? Which ones are good for cooking?

One of my favorite traditions this time of year is dyeing Easter eggs. Today, there are many tools and kits to make your eggs look super fancy.  

With spring in full swing, and the need to stay at home to keep everyone safe, we have been receiving numerous questions about starting a home vegetable garden.

If you want to add a splash of spicy color and unique foliage to a yard this spring, look no further. The LSU AgCenter has selected a unique series of plants that are sure to please for the 2020 Louisiana Super Plants program this spring.  

Well, it seems like the warmer weather has arrived. The warmer, drier weather, and the fact that everyone is at home, has homeowners wanting to get out in the yard to do some much needed maintenance.

Instead of an article this week, I’ve decided to share a few recipes that look simple, delicious and healthy.  I invite anyone to share some of their favorite recipes, and I would love to post them on our Facebook Page or even include them in one of my articles.

March 19 marked the first day of spring this year, and all around us we see the signs of new life in our landscapes. Many plants are leafing out and blooming. The grass is once again greening, and all traces of dormancy and death are vanishing.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many steps to follow to help prevent the spread of the now infamous coronavirus, COVID-19.

Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) is a medium-size, deciduous tree-like shrub in the horse chestnut family. It can be found throughout the southeastern U.S. in its native habitat.

With the cold, and abnormally wet winter we have had this year, I believe everyone is looking forward to getting out into the garden. We received some great weather this past weekend, just in time for the Mardi Gras season.

Live oaks have a strong history in the Gulf South. Before steel, bronze and aluminum alloys were used, U.S. Navy ships were built from the strong wood of live oaks.

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, especially Louisiana strawberries. Just like its heart shape, strawberries are good for the heart as they contain antioxidants including anthocyanins.

If it seems every article for the month of February is about heart disease, well it is. According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. This topic is also very near and dear to me as it hits right at home. In lieu of heart month, I would li…

Japanese magnolias are in bloom everywhere right now, possibly signifying an early spring. It’s one of the most strikingly beautiful blooming trees this time of year.

For the past two weeks, I have been mentoring a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) dietetic intern, Jacalyn Murphy.

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