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
It's Raining Trees!
In the 1900s, a combination of over-logging and saltwater intrusion decimated Cypress forests around Lake Pontchartrain. Efforts to replant those trees have really taken off in the last ten years, including a new initiative to airdrop tree seeds using aerial applicators. TWILA's Neil Melancon dropped in to see how it's all working.
Planting When the Time is Right
According to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report, most of the Louisiana corn crop is in the ground. That same report says there were only 3 days suitable for fieldwork. It's a trend that’s plaguing farmers across the state this spring. TWILA’s Karl Wiggers takes us to Franklin Parish, where farmers had to plant quickly to get the crop in, and that wouldn't be possible without a team of people to keep them moving.
Blooming on the Bayou -- Gardening with Children
If April showers bring May flowers, then we are truly in for a blooming month coming up! April is National Garden Month, and it's the perfect time to get outside and into the garden! Gardens can be magical places that spark creativity, a sense of freedom and fun for children. In this month’s installment of Blooming on the Bayou, TWILA’s Kristen Oaks-White digs up some magic in the garden with a crew of tiny, helping hands!
Crawfish Prices • April 24th
The weekend weather forecast is on point, and the crawfish prices are even better! Warmer weather means bigger and more plentiful crawfish catches, which is great news for your pocketbook! Check out the weekly spot crawfish price updates from around the state.