LSU AgCenter

11:44am

Wed August 12, 2015
Science

LSU AgCenter water economist helps farmers, foresters interpret new Clean Water Rule

LSU AgCenter water policy economist Naveen Adusumilli gave a presentation about the Clean Water Rule recently to the forestry industry.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A federal rule that revises which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act will take effect Aug. 28. Some Louisiana farmers are concerned that the new Clean Water Rule is overreaching.

The biggest change is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is defining ditches, according to LSU Ag Center water policy economist Naveen Adusumilli. Any ditch that is part of a tributary or connected to a previously jurisdictional waterway would now have to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

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9:29am

Mon July 27, 2015
Local

Entomologists release wasps in Shongaloo and Minden to prey on invasive beetle killing ash trees

LSU AgCenter entomologist Rodrigo Diaz released the first sample of parasitoid wasps July 10 onto an infected ash tree in Shongaloo, La.
Credit Brandy Orlando / LSU AgCenter

The LSU Ag Center and the U.S. Forest Service plan to release hundreds of tiny, nonnative wasps Tuesday in north Louisiana. It’s the second such release of the parasitoid wasp in an ongoing effort to contain damage from an invasive beetle killing native ash trees across the U.S.

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9:16am

Mon July 13, 2015
Local

Louisiana school administrators meet in Alexandria to cultivate farm-to-school programs

Gray-Walk Farms specializes in growing leafy greens -- mustard, collard, kale, Swiss chard, romaine and butter lettuce -- at its hydroponic greenhouse operation in Alexandria.
Credit Gray-Walk Farms Facebook

Louisiana school administrators from across the state will meet in Alexandria Tuesday, July 14, to learn how they can incorporate more locally grown food in their school cafeterias.

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8:57am

Tue March 17, 2015
Local

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

Credit German Pellets

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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9:22am

Fri February 6, 2015
Local

Horticulturists to explain how to simplify Louisiana gardens at Ruston workshop

Horticulturist Greg Grant of Arcadia, Texas, says he's always digging up and moving around plants in his country cottage garden, but that's just because he likes to.

A half-day workshop Saturday at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston will show gardeners how to simplify their landscape so that maintaining it takes less time.

Greg Grant, a research associate at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center, is all-consumed by his country cottage garden in Arcadia, Texas. But he’s OK with that. He will tell gardeners to exercise discipline when they buy plants at the nursery, and to think about how the foliage will look well into the future.

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