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Making Hay While The Sun Shines

September 14, 2019

The Mississippi River is looking a lot different in September than the rest of the year. It seemed it was never going to go back to normal, but after 212 days, it finally is. Believe it or not, some folks are still dealing with the effects. The high river levels have kept away the folks who normally make hay on the river's levees.  TWILA's Neil Melancon shows us between high water and rainy weather, they've been lucky to get in any work this year at all.

4-H Shooting Sports On Target

September 14, 2019

You've likely seen the news about Louisiana's Eastbank Little League baseball team winning the World Series, but did you know the state is also home to another national title team that's always on target. In June, the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports team won the national championships in Grand Island, Nebraska. Just getting the chance to compete on the national level is a once in lifetime experience.

https://www.lsuagcenter.com/articles/page1540392941819

High-Profile Podcasting

September 14, 2019

We've been stepping up our podcasting game over the past few months. Now, we've picked it up again!! On the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture podcast, we're interviewing each Louisiana gubernatorial candidate and on Louisiana Farm Life, we're discussing farmer's mental health. These are some episodes you don't want to miss.

Gov. John Bel Edwards: https://share.transistor.fm/s/98511d2b 
Ralph Abraham: https://share.transistor.fm/s/7885ad32 
Louisiana Farm Life - Amelia Kent: https://share.transistor.fm/s/02f8373b

Farmer Health & Safety Week

September 14, 2019

Farmers are tough people, and their job is one of the most dangerous. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the most hazardous industry, with 23 work-related deaths per 100,000 workers annually. That's why the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and other national safety groups are "Shifting Farm Safety Into High Gear" this coming week.

For more information, visit:
https://www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters
http://www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek/

Elsie’s Story

September 14, 2019

A few weeks ago, a small farm in Jeff Davis parish gained a couple of new mouths to feed. One Louisiana man saw a calf that had a leg up on the others at the Kinder livestock auction. As TWILA’s Karl Wiggers shows us, he may have come home with an even pair of mouths, but an odd number of hooves, just adding to the unique farm of Matt Alexander.

Corn Maze Season Is Coming

September 14, 2019

It's not quite fall, but it is time to start thinking about corn mazes! The corn maze at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will be open to the public soon.

For more information, visit: https://www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events/cornmaze.php

Soil Composting Workshop

September 14, 2019

If you're a big farmer or small gardener, there's a workshop on composting coming up that you might be interested in. It will feature many guest speakers such as Grant Estrade of Local Cooling Farms.

For more information, visit:
https://store.lsuagcenter.com/p-372-composting-for-produce-safety-september-2019.aspx

2019 Ag In The Classroom Workshops

September 14, 2019

Teachers, there are some really great resources coming your way. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Committee has been working hard on new workshops that are happening right now. At these workshops, you'll learn about the new online commodity map that features videos and new information sheets for every major commodity that Louisiana farmers bring to the market.

For more information, visit: https://aitcla.org/workshops

Louisiana Rice Harvest Update

September 14, 2019

From planting to harvest, Louisiana rice farmers have had a year they would like to forget. Not once during the season did they ever have ideal growing conditions, which has led to low yields. Craig Gautreaux takes us to southwest Louisiana to show us exactly what farmers are seeing in the fields.

TWILA Boost — Cowboy Ninja

September 14, 2019

How did beef cattle and ranch life turn one Idaho cowboy into a ninja warrior? In this week's TWILA boost, we introduce you to Lance Pekus, also known as the Cowboy Ninja. While Lance's day job is helping raise cattle in the central mountains of Idaho, he still finds the time and the energy to compete as a ninja warrior.