LSU AgCenter

WRKF
2:43 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Old Cancer Drug, New Formula

Professor Zhijun Liu


For the past eight years, Professor Zhijun Liu of LSU’s AgCenter has been focusing on a chemotherapy drug called Taxol, used to treat ovarian and breast cancer.  It’s a potent drug, and the body struggles to dissolve and absorb it.  Liu is looking for ways to fix that.

 

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WRKF
4:23 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

With Changes to Sanitary Code, More Homemade Cane Syrup Hits the Market

The end result of reviving a Southern Louisiana "lost art": Pure Cane Syrup.
Frank Barnett, WRKF

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:19 pm

Make cookies and cakes at home and you can sell them without a health inspection of your kitchen. Ahead of this season, cane syrup was added to the list of foods Louisiana deems “low-risk”.

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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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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.
Credit Robert and Talbot Trudeau / Flickr

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.


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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

Credit sernedipityblu/wordpress

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 the way 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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