Connecting Consumers and Louisiana Agriculture
TWILA, the creation of former Louisiana Farm Bureau Public Relations Director and TWILA Host Regnal Wallace, is seen on 18 broadcast and cable stations across Louisiana and nationally on RFD-TV. The program is one of the longest-running television programs produced in Louisiana.
Each week co-hosts Avery Davidson and Kristen Oaks-White, along with TWILA's team of producers and reporters Neil Melancon, Karl Wiggers and Monica Velasquez travel the state telling farmers' stories.
Over the years the show’s content has moved beyond just row crop production to include environmental, legislative and consumer issues. The program was cited by a member of the state’s Senate Ag Committee as a “video lesson on the importance of agriculture.”
Highlights from this week's show
Sugarcane & Hurricanes
We have a breaking news alert for you: It's hot in Louisiana right now! Shocker, right? In fact, there are two places in the country named as having the most oppressive heat and both have Death Valleys. The desert in California and the one here at LSU. It's not just LSU, though.
Leading in Advocacy
Did you know that farm and ranch families make up just 2% of the U.S. population according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. They feed all of us and allow the rest of us to pursue our dreams, rather than spend all of our time growing our own food. That's why it's so important for all of us to speak up when someone outside of the farming community tries to tell the story of agriculture. To that end, the American Farm Bureau hosts the Partners in Advocacy Leadership Program to teach farmers and ranchers to speak up effectively. TWILA's Avery Davidson traveled to St. Louis, MO to learn how the program is working to grow a new generation of advocates for agriculture.
Louisiana Farm Life -- Noble Guedon
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest crop report, Louisiana farmers have harvested about 30% of the state's corn crop. More than 50% of Louisiana rice acres have been harvested, and farmers are just beginning to cut soybeans.
Flying Tiger Brewery
Craft beer = big business! The art of making beer is a growing trend across the country. In Monroe, Flying Tiger Brewery is not only cooking up a homemade brew, but they're also using northeast Louisiana products in the mix.