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7:26 am
Tue December 2, 2014

VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative Creates Jobs By Growing Healthy Food

Thanh Nguyen is one of the farmer's at VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative
Eve Abrams

VEGGI is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East, Louisiana. VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative is dedicated to empowering growers in the Greater New Orleans area, starting in New Orleans East, in order to create sustainable, high quality jobs that enhance the quality of life of communities through increasing local food access and promotion of sustainable agriculture. 


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Louisiana Eats!
12:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Closest To The Original Source: Biodiverse Farms & Ayurvedic Cocktails

Evan McCommon, right, stands by one of the movable chicken coops that he built after visiting Polyface Farms in Virginia.
Poppy Tooker

Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to an open savannah. 

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Red River Radio
8:57 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Small farming dreams abound in Central Louisiana

Dozens of aspiring small farmers in Central Louisiana are taking a six-week course on how to work their land and make it into a business.

For the first time, the Alexandria-based Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance or CLEDA is offering a course called “Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.”

Gary Perkins runs CLEDA’s business acceleration system. He says CLEDA partnered with LSU AgCenter to offer an overview on how to start a small farming operation.

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Red River Radio
9:27 am
Tue August 12, 2014

'Smart' irrigation techniques slowly catch on in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter's Naveen Adusumilli holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, and is working with Louisiana farmers to implement smart irrigation practices.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:25 pm

Three new water experts have joined the research staff at LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

Economist Naveen Adusumilli is crunching the numbers on how smart irrigation techniques can benefit Louisiana farmers. He wants them to rethink how they irrigate their land and introduce them to soil moisture sensors and bookkeeping strategies that would reduce the amount of water they use on their crops and put more money in their wallet.

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2014 Winter Storm
9:34 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cold Winter Hard On Crawfish Farmers

People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and many ponds are now iced over.

LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Craig Lutz says people may need to order ahead even at the peak of the season.

David Savoy of Church Point has been in the business 40 years. He says he's never seen such a slow start.

Louisiana Crawfish Promotion And Research Board director Stephen Minvielle says ponds in St. Landry Parish have up to an inch of ice, with one-third to one-half inch on ponds in New Iberia.

Louisiana Eats!
9:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisiana Eats! Celebrates The International Year Of Family Farming

Jamie and Kenny Mauthe with their two daughters, one of their cows, and Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker.
Credit Guy Mouledoux

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization declared that 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. Over the course of the next year, Louisiana Eats! will periodically profile local family farms to find out how their family farms impact our community.  

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Red River Radio
9:04 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Federal Regulations Could Change How La. Pecan Growers Do Business

Dozens of pecan growers across Louisiana met at the LSU AgCenter Pecan Research Station in Shreveport earlier this month to discuss how proposed federal regulations could impact their operations. State pecan specialist Charlie Graham said the Food Safety Modernization Act will bring about more stringent guidelines that will be harder for small farmers to implement and adhere to. Under the proposed regulations, Graham said, pecan growers may not be able to run cattle in their orchards.

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Red River
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Red River Diversion to Quench Farmers' Fields

A $4 million freshwater diversion project will pump water from the Red River into depleted Red Bayou, offering farmers along the nine-mile-long waterway in northwest Louisiana summertime relief for their fields.

Water is most needed in the last months of the growing season, when as much as half of the bayou's channel is dry. Farmers currently use wells for nearly all irrigation.

By next summer, river water will pour into the bayou, providing irrigation for cotton, corn and soybeans.

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Farming
8:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Sugar Cane League to Meet in Lafayette

The American Sugar Cane League will hold its annual meeting Feb. 5-6 in Lafayette.

The Daily Comet reports the Thibodaux-based group lobbies on cane growers and the sugar industry.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Lafayette Hotel on Pinhook Road.

Speakers will include Jack Roney, director of economics and policy analysis for the American Sugar Alliance, and Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president of Informa Economics, a commodity, food industry and agribusiness consulting firm.

Latest News
4:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Market Outlook Bright for Rice, Soybeans

Despite uncertainty surrounding federal farm legislation, agricultural economists are optimistic about the market outlook for rice and soybeans with higher prices and more varieties expected.

The American Press reports that was the message given to more than 50 Southwest Louisiana rice and soybean growers attending an agriculture forum last week in Welsh, La.

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