NEW ORLEANS—Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will address the general session at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.
Edwards, along with Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, DVM and Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon are scheduled to speak before Farm Bureau members Friday afternoon at the New Orleans Marriott.
“It’s appropriate that our meeting is in New Orleans,” said Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation President Ronnie Anderson. “They can look out the windows of the Marriott and see why our farmers and ranchers are concerned. The Mississippi River has been in flood for a record number of days and farmers are still having a tough time moving grain from last year’s harvest.”
Backwater flooding is preventing some farmers from planting their soybean crops as diminished trade is depressing prices.
“It really is a tough time for our farmers and ranchers,” Anderson said. “Farm income across the country is projected to be almost 50 percent lower this year than it was just six years ago. They need to hear some good news from their elected leaders.”
2019 is an election year in Louisiana and several candidates for office will be in attendance to meet Louisiana Farm Bureau members. Confirmed to attend are candidates for governor, commissioner of agriculture and forestry and commissioner of insurance, along with candidates for state senate and representative races across the state.
“It’s no secret that Louisiana Farm Bureau members vote,” Anderson said. “When you have this many energized voters in one place, it’s a no-brainer for candidates to come to our convention and work the rooms.”
The 97th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation wraps up on Sunday, June 23. On that day, announced gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, who represents Louisiana’s fifth district, is scheduled to speak to voting delegates from across the state. Those voting delegates will propose and set policy to guide the Louisiana Farm Bureau in its mission as the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture.
More than 1,000 Louisiana Farm Bureau members and their families are in New Orleans for the 97th Annual Meeting.
HOUMA–Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined local and state officials, fishermen and community leaders to sign HB 335, requiring food service establishments serving imported crawfish or shrimp to inform patrons that the seafood is of foreign origin. “This legislation protects Louisiana’s hardworking fishermen who help drive the state’s economy and preserve an important part of our cultural heritage,” said Gov. Edwards.
Mike Deliberto is the LSU AgCenter economist who studies the national and international sugar industry. He often speaks at agricultural meetings about the economic outlook of the current sugarcane crop year. The Louisiana Sugarcane Podcast chatted with Dr. Deliberto in June of 2019.
After working all day, most people enjoy sleeping at night but not Trey Dupre, aka atchafalaya_assassin on Instagram. Most nights of the week from March through September, nighttime hog hunting season, he is out there doing his best to help thin out the destructive and invasive wild pig problem that plagues Louisiana. The pig problem hits home hard for these farmers. Hogs are not picky and will destroy every type of cropland, including rice, sugarcane, soybeans and corn.
BATON ROUGE,— The LSU AgCenter is partnering with Ag-Analytics to help farmers maintain and improve yields through the use of machine learning and big data. Ag-Analytics, a secure farm management platform, works with farmers, industry and universities with the goal of helping farmers make better management decisions and mitigate risk.
CROWLEY — The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station will hold the annual rice field day on June 26. “This is an opportunity for our faculty members to tell rice producers about their work,” said Don Groth, resident coordinator at the station. “Since its beginning in 1909, the station has played a vital role in assisting rice farmers.”
"We looked at multiple species of bees to see which did the best job of pollinating rabbiteye blueberries. We tested managed honey bees, native bumble bee species, southeastern blueberry bees and carpenter bees," explained research entomologist Robert Danka with the ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who co-led the study.
MARKSVILLE – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is partnering with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University College of Business University Center for Economic Development to co-host the first Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit in Marksville, LA at Paragon Casino Resort on Sunday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 9. Governor John Bel Edwards will address attendees at a special breakfast on Tuesday, July 9.
The goal of the summit is to connect rural communities with local, state and national leaders as well as Native American Country and improving life in rural areas by helping future generations develop an entrepreneurial mindset while providing them the tools to succeed.
“Our hope is that through this summit, we can develop a steady platform for small business owners and elected officials to be able to build relationships and create smart partnerships throughout Louisiana,” said Marshall Pierite, chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. “We’re grateful to Southern University Law Center for hosting this event with us and for offering to provide their knowledge from the legal perspective.”
At the summit, the following topics will be discussed by panels of three to five people:
Community Development in Rural America
5G Expansion/Broadband Opportunities
Healthcare Access in Rural Communities
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
New Marketing Opportunities in Agriculture
Small Business Opportunities
Creating and Improving Economic and Business Relationships with Tribal Governments
Business Development Opportunities with LA Tribes
The summit will feature local and nationally-recognized scholars as well as business and community leaders who will share their expertise on the summit topics.
The conference is open to all economic development professionals, including business owners, small business developers, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and staff from all universities within the state of Louisiana and students. In addition, anyone who is interested in learning more about economic development in rural areas or about doing business with tribal governments, is welcome to attend.
The registration fee is $100. For details and to register, visit www.sulc.edu/larue or call (318) 597-8981.
For more information on Southern University Law Center, visit www.sulc.edu.
The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.
About Southern University Law Center
The mission and tradition of the Law Center is to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to obtain a high-quality legal education with special emphasis on the Louisiana civil law. Additionally, our mission is to train a cadre of lawyers equipped with the skills necessary for the practice of law and for positions of leadership in society.
Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.33 million during the week ending June 15, 2019. Placements were up 6 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and up slightly from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.65 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending June 15, 2019, up 1 percent from the same period last year but down 3 percent from the previous week.