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Louisiana Legislative Session 2019 Begins

April 12, 2019

This week, the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session officially began on Monday, April 8th. Governor John Bel Edwards addressed a joint session of the legislature to give his state of the state address. As he pointed out, this session will not begin with a looming budget crisis like recent years, stating that Louisiana is better off because of it. A couple of major issues Edwards discussed were raising pay for teachers and increasing the state's minimum wage to $9 per hour.

Louisiana Farm Bureau Legislative Affairs

Why You Need Form 1091

April 12, 2019

If you're involved in agriculture on any level, you need to watch this very important video. Effective July 1st, 2019, you MUST have a card issued by the Louisiana Department of Revenue to receive tax exemptions when you purchase agricultural inputs and supplies. The LA Department of Revenue calls that card "Form 1091."

Form R-1085

Crying Eagle, Hoppy Times

April 12, 2019

Did you know that one of the oldest agricultural products in the world is one you likely enjoy on a regular basis? April 7th was National Beer Day, and it was a good day to celebrate that ag product! The holiday comes at an interesting time, as craft brewing is exploding in popularity, even overtaking the big domestic brands. TWILA's Neil Melancon takes us to one southwest Louisiana brewery, where they’re already making a big impact on their community.

Crying Eagle Brewery

Hard Work U

April 12, 2019

A recent report by the University of Florida shows that the cattle industry is one of the top economic drivers in Orange County, Florida. Why is that significant? First, Orange County is home to Walt Disney World, which might lead one to think tourism is the only economic driver. Second, Florida is where the Louisiana Farm Bureau Livestock Advisory Committee plans to go for the 2020 Beef Tour. As TWILA’s Avery Davidson shows us, on this year's beef tour in Missouri, Louisiana ranchers learned about a college where hard work is more than the key to success, it pays tuition.

Crawfish Prices • April 12th

April 12, 2019

If your weekend plans include crawfish, then you're in luck! The prices are the best we’ve seen so far this season. Check out our weekly spot crawfish prices from around the state.

Crawfish on Vet
Mr. Bill’s Seafood Express
Hammond French Market

Crawfish App
Louisiana Crawfish Promotion & Research Board

In Season • April 2019

April 12, 2019

When the weather warms up, it gives us the chance to do things outside that are normally done inside — even grocery shopping! Louisiana is home to a wonderful selection of local farmers markets that offer seasonal selections for shoppers. This week, TWILA's Karl Wiggers traveled to one in Opelousas to give us a taste of what's in season there.

Louisiana Farmers Market Directory
Opelousas Farmers Market

 

Field to Feast – Cocha with Fullness Farms

April 12, 2019

Bright green, royal purple, and pops of pink -- the colors of spring are alive in the garden this time of year! So why not incorporate those beautiful hues into your menu this season? In this month's Field to Feast, we head to Fullness Farm where Jennifer Finley and Cocha Executive Chef, Saskia Spanhoff pick a few edible blooms to bring back to the kitchen for a dish full of fresh, local flavor.

Cocha
Fullness Farms

TWILA Boost -- Help Rolls In

April 12, 2019

How about a boost to kick off your weekend??? Farmers and ranchers from across the country have been pulling together to send supplies to those affected by the terrible flooding across the Midwest. In this week’s TWILA Boost, we show you a video from Haley Walker, showcasing the generosity of farmers and ranchers rolling in to help those farmers in need.