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
On the Hill
This week, President Donald J. Trump reluctantly accepted a broad, bipartisan budget bill that Congress overwhelmingly approved, preventing another government shutdown. The budget includes nearly $1.4 billion to fund Trump’s border wall, far less than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list. The current climate in Washington made for an interesting experience for a group of Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers to visit the nation's capitol. TWILA's Neil Melancon followed along to find out what is and what isn’t working in Washington DC.
Grain Bin Safety Seminars
Farms are dangerous places to work. We had a stark reminder of than in May of last year, when members of the Bastrop Fire Department rescued a man trapped inside a grain in. That's why the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is holding a series of training workshops across the state. The workshops will train first responders on how to use equipment needed to rescue someone from a grain bin entrapment, and this training has already saved a life in Louisiana.
Progressive Farmer Cover Story
Extra, extra… read all about it! The February issue of the Progressive Farmer Magazine is out, and West Baton Rouge Parish sugarcane farmer Bobby Morris is on the cover! DTN/The Progressive Farmer named Morris one of the country's top five young farmers and ranchers.