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High Waters

March 15, 2019

High water on the Mississippi River threatens many communities along the river, and forecasters are worried things will get worse once the snow starts to melt. The Bonnet Carré Spillway is now open to relieve pressure on the Mississippi River levee system in the New Orleans area. TWILA's Craig Gautreaux explains the impact opening the spillway may have on the Lake Pontchartrain ecosystem.

Bonnet Carre Spillway Information

Strong Levees, Stronger Women

March 15, 2019

New Orleans is not the only area where the Mississippi River is at flood stage. Further north in Morganza, they're considering opening the spillway there, and the river has already flooded the Fore Bay area, which has some of the most productive farm land in the area. As TWILA’s Neil Melancon explains, it's an additional challenge for one young farmer, as the waters get higher on the levees that surround her land.

NRCS

2019 Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference

March 15, 2019

The Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference is coming up next week, and it's not too late to register! The event will offers a number of Louisiana ag tours and guest speakers such as FarmHer founder Marji Guyler-Alaniz.

Louisiana Women in Ag

2019 Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

March 15, 2019

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction added four new members for 2019. During ceremonies held March 7 in Baton Rouge, Grady Coburn, Jack Hamilton, George LaCour and Linda Zaunbrecher were inducted for their significant contributions to the state’s agricultural community.

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

Back to Your Roots

March 15, 2019

Did you know that growing your own food can also grow the local economy? That was one of the big takeaways from the "Back to Your Roots" conference in Ruston, LA. As TWILA's Tammi Arender explains, experts traveled from all over the country to share what works for them.

Campti Field of Dreams

A Family Affair

March 15, 2019

Mardi Gras is an institution in Louisiana. But the holiday includes more than just the typical bead-catching, ladder-sitting, parade-going festivities that most people take part in during Carnival. In rural Louisiana towns like Eunice, Church Point, and Mamou — men don colorful homemade costumes, ride around on horses begging for gumbo ingredients, and run through a field chasing chickens! TWILA's Karl Wiggers takes us to Ville Platte, where the Cajun tradition of Courir de Mardi Gras is a family affair.

Blooming on the Bayou — Spring in the Garden

March 15, 2019

The birds are chirping, the sun is out, and the trees are blooming... #spring is almost here!!! For gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts, it's the most wonderful time of the year! In the latest edition of "Blooming on the Bayou," TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White teams up with LSU AgCenter Consumer Horticulturist, Heather Kirk-Ballard to help us jump-start our lawn and landscapes for the spring season.

LSU AgCenter Lawn & Garden Resources

Crawfish Prices • March 15th

March 15, 2019

Cold weather, a shortage of workers to process them and other factors have bumped up crawfish prices this week. Despite the higher price, the demand is also high in the first full week of Lent. Here are your weekly #crawfish prices from across the state.

Crawfish City
Blue Crawfish Co.
Craws & Claws
Crawfish App