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On the Hill

February 15, 2019

This week, President Donald J. Trump reluctantly accepted a broad, bipartisan budget bill that Congress overwhelmingly approved, preventing another government shutdown. The budget includes nearly $1.4 billion to fund Trump’s border wall, far less than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list. The current climate in Washington made for an interesting experience for a group of Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers to visit the nation's capitol. TWILA's Neil Melancon followed along to find out what is and what isn’t working in Washington DC.

Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers

New Conservation Chief

February 15, 2019

Nearly two months ago, Matt Lohr of Virginia became the 16th Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Lohr is a 5th generation farmer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He also served as Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumers Services from 2010 to 2013. Lohr credits much of his success to his time in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

National Resource Conservation Service

Catch Down, Price Down

February 15, 2019

This is the time of year when your mouth starts watering for crawfish! However, this cold weather coming and going in south Louisiana is keeping the crawfish under ground and out of the traps. This week, TWILA's Karl Wiggers heads to Acadia Parish, to find out why the supply and demand rules aren't working with crawfish.

Weekly Crawfish Prices -- February 13th

February 15, 2019

Crawfish are not as plentiful as usual for this time of year, but the prices are dropping. We have the latest #crawfish prices for you from around the state.

Ben's Christmas Crawfish
Crawfish Port Inc.
Superior Seafood Supply
Cajun Blitz
Crawfish App

Progressive Farmer Cover Story

February 15, 2019

Extra, extra… read all about it! The February issue of the Progressive Farmer Magazine is out, and West Baton Rouge Parish sugarcane farmer Bobby Morris is on the cover! DTN/The Progressive Farmer named Morris one of the country's top five young farmers and ranchers.

February 2019 Edition of Progressive Farmer, powered by DTN

Building Cool Partnerships

February 15, 2019

Grant & Kate Estrade own and operate Local Cooling Farms in Bogalusa, LA, where they use techniques such as multi-species grazing, silvopasture, planting cover crops, and bale grazing to get the most from their farm. They have revived a property that was once considered biologically "dead" into a thriving farm. They are involved with the Louisiana Grazing Lands Coalition, which produced this next story, showing all of the specialists, techniques, and hard work go in to Local Cooling Farms.

Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
National Resource Conservation Service
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Local Cooling Farms

Grain Bin Safety Seminars

February 15, 2019

Farms are dangerous places to work. We had a stark reminder of than in May of last year, when members of the Bastrop Fire Department rescued a man trapped inside a grain in. That's why the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is holding a series of training workshops across the state. The workshops will train first responders on how to use equipment needed to rescue someone from a grain bin entrapment, and this training has already saved a life in Louisiana.

Acadia Parish Grain Bin Safety Workshop
Evangeline Parish Grain Bin Safety Workshop
Concordia Parish Grain Bin Safety Workshop

TWILA Boost – Baby Crawfish!

February 15, 2019

If you're a parent, you know the song -- "Baby Shark do do do do do!" That haunting beat is so catchy, you'll probably be singing it in your head all weekend! In this week's TWILA Boost, we show you how one New Orleans native created a Louisiana version of this viral song that will have you singing along!