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America's Best Young Farmers & Ranchers

December 10, 2018

You will soon see a familiar face on the cover of an upcoming issue of The Progressive Farmer magazine. At the 2018 DTN/the progressive farmer Ag Summit in Chicago, Bobby Morris received an award as one of America's Best Young Farmers & Ranchers. His wife, Melissa, surprised him by entering him into the contest

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Field to Market Farmer of the Year

December 10, 2018

Louisiana sugarcane harvest, better known as grinding season, is about halfway complete, and the size of the crop has surprised many. As TWILA's Craig Gautreaux explains, while the tonnage of cane is up, muddy fields have caused sugar recovery to drop.

Field to Market

Less Than Optimistic

December 10, 2018

Congress has yet to move on a bill introduced by Louisiana 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham that would extend the market facilitation program to planted soybean acres, rather than harvested acres. That's the $12 billion aid package meant to help farmers recover some losses due to trade issues with China. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke at the 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit in Chicago. Following his speech, TWILA’s Avery Davidson asked Secretary Perdue his thoughts on Abraham's bill, and his response was less than optimistic.

2018 Look Back -- Slow Moving Disaster

December 10, 2018

The top story from this year was the slow moving disaster that hit Louisiana soybean farmers. It started out to look like one of the best crops on record, and some farmers did get amazing yields. However, a combination of bad weather and market conditions that stopped the crop from moving made it a total disaster for some farmers like Richard Fontenot, who told TWILA's Neil Melancon that he lost more than two thirds of his crop in just two weeks.

2018 Look Back -- A Working Understanding

December 10, 2018

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is working on his plans for the next Louisiana Legislative Session. But earlier this year, he was working on a boat. As we continue our look back at our favorite stories from 2018, TWILA’s Avery Davidson takes you back on the water for Governor Edwards' working tour.

2018 Look Back -- LFBF Convention Winners

December 10, 2018

During the Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, more than 1,500 farm families come together to honor their accomplishments over the last year. This week, we take a look back at all the winners from the 96th Annual LFBF Convention.

2018 Look Back -- Louisiana YF&R Achievement Award Winners

December 10, 2018

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award recognizes farmers and ranchers under the age of 35 who have thriving farm operations and a strong involvement in Farm Bureau. Jacob and Kari Rumbaugh of Caddo Parish received the 2018 YF&R Achievement Award, and will go on to compete at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in New Orleans this January. TWILA’s Karl Wiggers gives us a look back at the Rumbaugh’s farm profile.

Blooming on the Bayou Look Back

December 10, 2018

This year we launched a new gardening segment called Blooming on the Bayou, where TWILA's Kristen Oaks-White got a chance to dig into one of her favorite hobbies! She also traveled the state and met lots of great experts in the field, who helped all of us grow better gardens. This week, TWILA’s Kristen Oaks-White gives us a look back on some of her favorite highlights from Blooming on the Bayou. #bayoublooms