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
Hot Property, Cool Farm
Last week, TWILA’s Neil Melancon introduced us to Laughing Buddha Nursery and talked to Kate Estrade, who has expanded from gardening products to providing garden fresh products. Along with that are their meats, which come from a farm on the north shore. This week, we're going up to Bogalusa to talk with Kate’s husband Grant, who started the farm with a vision of providing the highest quality products for his customers in the New Orleans area.
Farm Safety Week -- Cultivating the Seeds of Safety
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, four of the top ten most dangerous occupations are in agriculture, forestry or commercial fishing. It's with those statistics in mind that the theme for this year's National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.” There are daily topics for the entire week: rural roadway safety, child safety on the farm and tractor safety. Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Safety Director Wendell Miley says the topics covered this week, need to be front and center all year long.
Chef's Taste Challenge -- Battle of the Gulf
It's not all about business here at Farm and Table NOLA; there's a lot of fun things going on as well! We're talking about a chef's battle, something like you would see on Iron Chef, and also a Famboree, where children get to interact one on one with agriculture.
Working to Raise the Worker Cap
Louisiana's seafood and sugarcane industries could not operate without the help of foreign labor. In fact, 16,000 legal immigrants travel to Louisiana each year, making up a vital portion of our state's workforce. These temporary guest workers are part of the H-2A and H-2B programs. However, sugarcane farmers and seafood processing facilities are not the only ones who need foreign labor; landscaping companies also use the same program to fill their workforce during their peak season.