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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

From Urban Farms To Oyster Reefs: How The LSU AgCenter Improves Lives In Louisiana

LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Grace Peterson with Shalon Lewis at the Valencia Community Center and Garden in Shreveport.
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The LSU AgCenter fosters agricultural, engineering and scientific programs across the state. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we go across the state to hear how Ag agent Grace Peterson is connecting Shreveport residents with regional food.

We'll also cultivate tomatoes with Bobby Fletcher near the Mississippi River and float downstream with Dr. John Bell to learn how the Louisiana oyster can help rebuild coastal wetlands. We travel from the Gulf of Mexico to Shreveport's urban farms on this week's Louisiana Eats!

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WRKF
4:37 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why Cocoa is Good Medicine

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.

Dr. John Finley, School of Nutrition & Food Science

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Red River Radio
8:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

LSU AgCenter: Give fragile plants the kid gloves treatment in cold snap

The LSU AgCenter is offering many tips for keeping plants and trees alive during this cold snap. The AgCenter’s Shreveport-based horticulture agent Melea Martin said fragile plants should’ve been covered or moved during the last two nights of the hard freeze, but with care.

“During the freeze you want to make sure that if you do cover your plants with plastic, that the plastic is not touching the plant at all. It can cause damage to the plant," Martin said.

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Red River Radio
9:20 am
Fri January 3, 2014

LSU AgCenter ramps up statewide water research with Bossier City-based faculty

LSU AgCenter northwest region director Patrick Colyer shows off the Red River Research Station's "scrubbing pond."

The LSU AgCenter is hiring four new faculty members who will be statewide water experts based at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

The new positions include an irrigation engineer, a water quality scientist, a plant soil scientist and a water policy economist.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Familiar Voices At The Louisiana Eats! Table

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We've invited some of our favorite guests back for this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! They might have all been on the program before, but they've each got something new to bring to the table.

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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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Latest News
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Second Top Extension Service Official Retiring

A second top official of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is retiring.

The LSU AgCenter said Monday that Dwight Landreneau — an AgCenter associate vice chancellor and associate director of the extension service — will retire June 1.

On Jan. 4, extension service director and AgCenter vice chancellor Paul Coreil said he will leave the administration July 1 and continue with other professional obligations until Sept. 15.

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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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Business & Technology
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Biofuels Plant to Open in St. Gabriel

The LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute plans a Jan. 25 opening for a pilot plant designed to produce biofuels and biochemicals from agricultural crops and byproducts.

The centerpiece of the AgCenter's sustainable bioproducts Initiative, the plant focuses on processing sweet sorghum, energy cane and other grassy feedstocks into convertible sugars, fiber and bioproducts for further refining into butanol, gasoline, isoprene and biochemicals, said project director Vadim Kochergin.

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2:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

LSU AgCenter Extension Service Head Retiring

The head of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is retiring after more than 34 years with the LSU AgCenter.

Paul Coreil said Friday that he will leave the administration July 1.

He will continue with other national and state committee and professional obligations until Sept. 15.

Coreil has been vice chancellor of the AgCenter and director of the extension service for 12 years.

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