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Farmers can expect flood disaster help

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MIKE STRAIN, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry commissioner, far right, speaks at a meeting on Aug. 23 in Opelousas to keep farmers updated on efforts to help them recover from recent flooding. Strain held four meetings in south Louisiana.(Bruce Schultz)

Opelousas – A series of meetings throughout south Louisiana were held by Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, to assure farmers that state and federal aid is available to help them get through the flooding crisis.

Cane farmers anxious to wrap up planting

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NEW ROOTS – A sugarcane plant has started growing roots on the nodes that were submerged for several days in a field near Arnaudville.(Bruce Schultz)

LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois believes it will be some time before the full extent of the damage from recent flooding to the state’s sugarcane crop is known. If favorable weather occurs, damages may be minimized, especially on newly planted cane.

Flooding will cost state agriculture $110M plus

Heavy rains that recently caused historic flooding in south Louisiana will cost the state’s agriculture industry at least $110 million, according to preliminary estimates from the LSU AgCenter.

'Outstanding Young Farm Woman' is from St. Martin

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KASSI BERARD (center) accepts the 2016 Young Farm Woman Award at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Berard, a sugarcane farmer from St. Martin Parish, was joined on stage during the Awards ceremony by Amelia Kent, chair of the Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s Committee (left), and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson. (Submitted)

Kassi Berard of Breaux Bridge was selected the 2016 Outstanding Young Farm Woman at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention here last month.
This award is presented to a woman agriculture producer who promotes leadership and the continuation of the family farm in Louisiana.

‘Clumping bamboo’ in global decline

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As home owners in Southern Louisiana, we have a love for nature and seeing the natural growing environment. Many of us enjoy being able to view the natural bayous and wild life that occasionally greet us at our front doors.


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