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A Perfect Storm

October 19, 2018

Last week, we told you about the slow moving disaster that’s affecting many Louisiana #soybean farmers. As TWILA’s Avery Davidson shows us, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall traveled to Louisiana in separate visits, and both referred to the combination of low prices, wet weather and stifled trade as a perfect storm.

The High Cost of Doing Bean Business

October 19, 2018

What if we told you that everyday, you must spend $7 in gas to drive to work, work a 9 hour shift, but only make $8 per day… would you do it? Louisiana #soybean farmers are facing a similar scenario this year: the current market price for beans is barely covering the cost to grow the crop. This week, TWILA's Neil Melancon breaks down the cost of raising soybeans and why the economics just doesn't add up this season.

Seed Cotton Program

October 19, 2018

December 7, 2018 is an important day for Louisiana farmers and landowners. That's the deadline for farmers to move their generic base acres into coverage for seed cotton under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2018 crop year. ARC and PLC are the safety net programs established in the 2014 Farm Bill. Louisiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Craig McCain says he and his staff have been meeting with farmers and landowners across the state to educate them about the seed cotton program.

USDA Opens Election Period for Seed Cotton Program

Grown & Grazed -- Gate to Plate

October 19, 2018

Did you know that there are more than 19,000 places to grab a bite to eat across Louisiana? And some of them are even on wheels! As TWILA's Tammi Arender found out, there's a new establishment in Ruston that's truly a gate to plate experience.

Grown & Grazed

Agritourism Spotlight -- DixieMaze Farms

October 19, 2018

From murder mystery dinner parties like "the Ravenwood Masquerade" to a young artist music festival, there are a lot of reasons to check out DixieMaze Farms! They are open 7 days a week, weather permitting, until Halloween so make your plans quickly. There will be farm tours throughout the day, pumpkin carving, costume contests, the corn maze, or spooky stories with s'mores. #Halloween is sure to be a hit at DixieMaze Farms with fun for the entire family!

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Feasting on Agriculture -- Stab's Prime Steak & Seafood

October 19, 2018

In Baton Rouge, Stab's Prime Steak and Seafood is the perfect place for upscale, prime-time flavor! From marquis cocktails to succulent steaks, our very own AJ Sabine shows how stab's unique cooking techniques make of the most of Louisiana beef on this month's Feasting on Agriculture.

Stab’s Prime Steak & Seafood

TWILA Boost -- Food is Free Project

October 19, 2018

Did you know that approximately 23 million Americans live in food deserts? A food desert is a geographic area where access to affordable, healthy food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, is limited or nonexistent. But one man in the state of Washington is taking the health of his community into his own hands, one vegetable at a time. David Thompson believes that no one should go hungry, and he's growing food, to feed his community-- for free. #foodisfree