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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has unveiled a resource guide to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.    

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With the rains this spring and summer, we’ve doubled — and in some cases tripled — the average for several places in Louisiana. It is no wonder some of our plants, yards and gardens are suffering.

With several hundred types of hibiscus, one could write a book on this plant alone, and many have done so.

The LSU AgCenter will host a Food Lab Chefs Camp for children 7 to 12 under the direction of Pointe Coupee Parish nutrition agent Breanna Staab.

There are quite a few perennials that perform well in the summertime here in Louisiana, but none more so than salvias. There are so many great salvias available today for sensational, consistent color all summer — and fall — long.

Nothing brightens a room like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Many gardeners incorporate flowers into their landscapes to bring color to their outdoor areas, but have you ever considered dedicating a spot in your garden just for cut flowers?  

It appears that things are slowly opening back up and the return to some resemblance of normal may be in the not-too-distant future.

BATON ROUGE — More than 60 hours of subfreezing temperatures, including lows in the mid- to lower teens in the northern region of the Louisiana sugarcane belt, has many growers concerned about the effects it will have on next year’s crop.

Week 1: May 20 – “Introduction to Program & Presentation” with Mark Carriere via Microsoft Teams.

Do you have an interest in gardening? Do you plant a vegetable garden each year? Do you enjoy the landscape at your home? Do you wish you knew more about gardening or your landscape? Or do you simply wish you could keep the plants you buy alive for more than one season?

Flowering cherry trees are true showstoppers. These trees can be seen blooming around Louisiana in February and March.

For those of you who keep a vegetable garden, it’s time to get those potatoes in the ground. Potatoes are easy to cultivate and provide many essential vitamins such as calcium, iron, vitamins B6 and C, and potassium. They also provide dietary fiber, some protein and prebiotic resistant starc…

Pruning intimidates some gardeners. When to prune and when not to prune? It can be scary.  For trees and shrubs that are grown for their flowers, you must consider when they bloom before you decide when to prune them. Prune at the wrong time, and many of our spring-blooming shrubs and trees …

Martin “Marty” Frey of Morganza has been elected to serve on the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) County Committee in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As we wrap up the year, we have many things to do to prepare for winter and spring. Winter is dormancy time for perennials, deciduous plants and warm-season turfgrasses.

BATON ROUGE — In parishes across south Louisiana, fall signals the start of grinding season — the time when farmers harvest their sugarcane crop and carry it to one of 11 mills where it is processed into raw sugar and molasses.

Now is time to purchase those spring-flowering bulbs. Mid- to late November is the best time for buying daffodil, snowdrop, tulip, narcissus, hyacinth and crocus bulbs to allow them enough chilling hours to bloom in the spring.

ALEXANDRIA — The year 2020 may go down in history as one of the most uncertain and crazy years, but for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual cost survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, “the show must go on.”

Surprise! There was a hurricane, and these lilies might be telling you about the weather. Have you ever noticed the beautiful red flowers that just seem to pop up out of nowhere in late summer, usually in August and September? Their bloom just so happens to coincide with hurricane season, an…

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NEW ROADS -- The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association is coming to New Roads on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the 20th Annual Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo at the Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Facility. 

The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association is coming to New Roads on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the 20th Annual Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo at the Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Facility.

Louisiana has had its fair share of storms this year. Many people are dealing with damaged trees after hurricanes Laura and Delta. According to LSU AgCenter specialists, Hurricane Laura alone took out 757,538 acres of timber.

The past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of mentoring Bitsy Prudhomme, a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Fran-U) dietetic intern.

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).

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