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China Tariffs

May 17, 2019

President Donald Trump visited southwest Louisiana this past week to talk about energy and trade. His visit comes during a continued trade war with China, with both sides now levying tariffs on the other, including a number of agricultural products. While the Trump administration has promised efforts to reduce the impact on farmers, the markets have certainly suffered because of trade woes, huge surpluses of grains and depressed markets.

African Swine Flu

May 17, 2019

Pork production in China is also a factor in those depressed markets. The recent outbreak of African Swine Flu has killed hundreds of thousands of pigs in China. LSU Ag Economist Michael Diliberto points out that it's not just the trade dispute making things difficult for the soybean markets.

Saving Soil for Rainy Days

May 17, 2019

It's not just the markets that have farmers down, the weather hasn't helped much either. A very wet spring that has continued into May has seen flooded fields and even a few tornadoes. TWILA's Neil Melancon travels to Franklin Parish to show us how farmers are maintaining their resiliency through tough times.

NRCS Programs in Louisiana

Tornado Hits Ruston, LA

May 17, 2019

A few weeks ago, a deadly storm moved through Louisiana bringing tornadoes from Toledo Bend to the state's border northeast of Farmerville. The worst was an EF3 #tornado that ripped through the heart of Ruston, killing two people. After the storm cleared, TWILA’s Karl Wiggers traveled to Ruston to meet a host of volunteers who were helping their neighbors pick up the pieces.

Small Farm, Big Goals

May 17, 2019

For generations, people grew their own food. Now, almost all of us shop for food at the big grocery stores. But as TWILA's Tammi Arender shows us, there are two brothers in Union Parish who are getting back to their roots at Current Farms.

Current Farms

 

Jim Monroe Retires

May 17, 2019

After 47 years of service to Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers, Louisiana Farm Bureau’s Assistant to the President, Jim Monroe retired on April 30th. Monroe came to the Louisiana Farm Bureau in 1972 as assistant commodity director and worked his way to the top staff position in the organization in January of 1983. Monroe plans to spend more time with his wife, Connie, his children and their four grandchildren.

 

Crawfish Prices • May 15th

May 17, 2019

Are you hosting a #graduation party this weekend? A boiled batch of Louisiana #crawfish is the perfect meal to feed all your guests! Check out this week's spot crawfish prices from across in the state.

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Louisiana Crawfish Promotion & Research Board

Farm Women Visit the Capitol

May 17, 2019

According to the USDA, 31% of American farmers are women. In Louisiana, those women make up the Louisiana Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. The group recently traveled to Baton Rouge to meet with their legislators about issues important to rural Louisiana.

Louisiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee

 

Time to Plant

May 17, 2019

Week after week of rain is making for a tough planting season here in Louisiana. As Craig Gautreaux shows us, Louisiana farmers are hurriedly trying to get this year's crop in the ground.

 

TWILA Boost — Go Green Project

May 17, 2019

Between natural disasters and a bleak commodity market outlook, it's not hard to see why the farming community may be feeling a little down right now. But this week, we have a TWILA Boost that will surely lift your spirits! TWILA’s Kristen Oaks-White & Avery Davidson introduce us to one young man who’s making a difference in his local community with Go Green-Eagle Scout Project by Brayden Lee.

Go Green - Eagle Scout Project by Brayden Lee