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La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/20/2014 – Thrips Control Gains More Importance With High-Yielding Cotton ... New Report Explains Impact of Labor Shortages on Agriculture, U.S. Economy ... Former Volunteer Firefighter Arrested in Connection with Arsons ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/19/2014 – LDAF Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Underway ... Increased Global Milk Demand Impacting Prices ... Celebrate Soybean Farmers' Commitment to Sustainability on Ag Day...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/18/2014 – New Farm Bill Provides Loss Coverage For Rice Farmers ... New Food Safety Rules Still Being Developed ... U of I's Good on Upcoming Soybean Stocks Estimate

COTTON USA Weekly‏
03/17/2014 – Hancock Delivers Responsible Fiber Message to Influential Brands and Retailers ... Global Buyers Source U.S. Cotton Denim in Hong Kong ... CCI Sponsors Exintex in Mexico ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/12/2014 – AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher 2014 Survey... Ag Related Apps Reviewed... Creativity Needed In Face Of Dicamba Shortage...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/11/2014 – USDA Strives To Expand Support Of Small, Mid-Sized Farmers U.S... ASA Comments On Reducing Trans Fat Consumption... Export Estimates Rise Again for 2013 Record U.S. Corn Crop...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/10/2014 – Crop Insurance Guidelines...AgCenter Soil Scientist Reviews SoilWeb App...Representatives Introduce Legislation To Protect Producer Personal Information...

ICAC Press Release: New Government Policies ‏
03/07/2014 – ...announced changes to their agricultural policies, including cotton ...

COTTON USA Weekly‏
03/07/2014 – COTTON USA Style on Display in Paris: Cotton Council International (CCI) delivered U.S. cotton sourcing assistance to major apparel industry players at the Texworld and Première Vision trade shows in Paris...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/07/2014 – Winter wheat progressing with little cold damage: Over the past few weeks, the winter wheat crop has gone through the gamut of late winter and early spring conditions, said LSU ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
03/06/2014 – Farm Bureau Supports Move to Strengthen Coexistence Among Farmers: The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting USDA's decision to move forward with a recommendation from the final report of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and the 21st Century Agriculture regarding biotechnology and coexistence...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/25/2014 – Crawfish Fact And Fiction: With crawfish season underway, south Louisiana residents look forward to dining on a regional delicacy, either in a backyard setting or a restaurant...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/24/2014 – EPA Proposes New Safety Measures To Protect Farm Workers From Pesticide Exposure: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation's two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/21/2014 – Brown Rust In Sugarcane: Brown rust fungus poses a serious threat to Louisiana's nearly $1 billion sugarcane industry. Thanks to funding from the American Sugar Cane League, LSU AgCenter molecular biologist Niranjan Baisakh is studying DNA markers in sugarcane associated with resistance to the fungus....

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/20/2014 – Mid South Agricultural Labor Seminar Set for Thursday, March 6th in Port Allen: The Mid South Agricultural Labor Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center and Tourist Bureau in Port Allen, LA, located adjacent to I-10 on the north service road at the Hwy 415 Lobdell Exit...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/19/2014 – Mid South Agricultural Labor Seminar Set for Thursday, March 6th in Port Allen: The Mid South Agricultural Labor Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center and Tourist Bureau in Port Allen, LA, located adjacent to I-10 on the north service road at the Hwy 415 Lobdell Exit...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/18/2014 – Field Days Are Just Around The Corner: The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 14 field days at off-campus research stations during 2014. Dates and locations are as follows...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/17/2014 – Farm Income Should Remain High: U.S. net farm income should remain historically high over much of the next decade based on strong overseas demand for agricultural products, the USDA says in its annual 10-year baseline projection...

Cotton USA Weekly
02/14/2014 – World-Class Speakers Headline Sourcing USA Summit: Keynote speakers at the upcoming Sourcing USA Summit will offer thought-provoking discussions to engage the world’s top executives in the cotton textile and export industries....

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/14/2014 – New Group Strives to Bring Attention to Aquaculture Industry: The formation of the Coalition for U.S. Seafood Production was announced as the World Aquaculture Society meeting was taking place in Seattle this week. This soybean-industry led group is - to be known as CUSP - is an outgrowth of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/13/2014 – Producers Can Fight Bugs And Diseases Effectively: Invasive species and residue management highlighted a recent LSU AgCenter agriculture producer meeting. ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/10/2014 – American Farm Bureau Welcomes 2014 Farm Bill: President Barack Obama signed the 2014 farm bill Friday on the campus of Michigan State University. After more than two years of dedicated work toward passage, farmers and ranchers from across the nation now have answers about how they can manage...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/07/2014 – Farm Bill To Be Signed Today: President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
02/05/2014 – Finally: A Farm Bill!! The Senate on Tuesday passed the long-awaited farm bill, ending two years of partisan rancor and stalled negotiations and clearing what is expected to be the last hurdle for the nearly $1 trillion spending measure...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/30/2014 – Farm Bill Passes The House: The House of Representatives gave quick passage Wednesday to the 2014 farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014. The bill passed the lower chamber with a 251-166 vote.....

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/29/2014 – Farm Bill Action Expected Today - The U.S. House passed a rule Tuesday to allow debate on the farm bill conference report today. The vote was 224 to 192 - with Republicans voting heavily for the rule and Democrats voting against it....

47th Annual World Ag Expo Draws Near
01/27/2014 – The 47th annual World Ag Expo will be held February 11-13, 2014 in Tulare, California. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo touts 1,500 exhibitors who display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/27/2014 – Farm Bill This Week? There's still hope on Capitol Hill that a Senate-House conference committee can finalize a new farm bill early this week (week of January 27) - as farm bill conferees have been summoned back to Washington by this morning for possible action on the bill...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/22/2014 – Louisiana Rice Industry Annual Meeting Set for Jan. 28: The Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) and Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA) will hold their joint annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the International Rice Festival Building...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/21/2014 – Louisiana Soybean Association Meeting: The Louisiana Soybean Association's annual meeting will be held tomorrow at the Dewitt Livestock Facility on the Dean Lee Research Station just south of Alexandria...

Cotton USA Weekly
01/17/2014 – U.S. Cotton Home Textiles Attract Crowds at Heimtextil Trade Show...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/15/2014 – Cold Weather Hurts LA Strawberry Crop: Recent cold weather caused a slowdown in strawberry production, and that will delay some of the sales that growers were hoping for....

EPS Renews Section 18 Label For Topguard
01/14/2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a Section 18 exemption of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the continued use of Topguard fungicide for cotton root rot control. This emergency use is effective February 1, 2014 and expires on June 30, 2014...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/13/2014 – NASS Reports 2013 Record Yields For Most LA Crops – Corn: Area harvested for grain is 670,000 acres, up 26 percent from 2012. The average yield is estimated at 173 bushels per acre, tied with last year for the highest yield on record for the state. Production totaled 116 million bushels, up 26 percent from 2012...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
01/03/2014 – Louisiana Seafood Had Good 2013: According to statistics released by the Louisiana Seafood Board, Louisiana's commercial fishermen landed just over 1.2 million pounds of seafood for human consumption and industrial purposes with a dockside value of almost 328-million dollars...

O.A. Cleveland Cotton Report
12/31/2013 – The hit movie in 1989 was Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. The movie was built around the theme, "If you build it, he will come." ...

Cotton USA Weekly
12/31/2013 – As the year draws to a close, Cotton Council International (CCI) looks forward to the opportunities of 2014 and reflects on the successes of 2013...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/26/2013 – Record Breaking Year For Louisiana Agriculture: For all major agricultural commodities, 2013 was a good year, making it the second year in a row Louisiana farmers saw high yields and good prices, according to LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/19/2013 – Northeast Louisiana Ag Expo: The 32nd annual Northeast Louisiana Ag Expo is right around the corner. Ag Expo 2014 is scheduled for January 17th and 18th at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. Ag Expo is also the trade show for the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association annual meeting...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/18/2013 – LA Cattlemen's Convention‏: The 84th annual Louisiana Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show kicks off in the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe January 17th and runs through the 19th. Registration begins at 10 AM on the 17th and the trade show opens at 2 o'clock. That night the LCA President's Reception, Auction and Dance starts at 7 in the Ouachita Sheriff Pavilion...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/12/2013 – Drought Declaration For Northeast Louisiana: Wednesday, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., received notice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 21 Louisiana parishes and seven contiguous parishes are now designated natural disaster areas as a result of the drought ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/10/2013 – China Holds Key To Cotton Prices: China is more than just the 800-pound gorilla in the world cotton market. The Asian giant is both the world's biggest producer and importer. As such, China has tremendous market manipulating power that leaves other producers, including those in America, at its mercy ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/09/2013 – 2013 Rice Awards: Winners of the 2013 Rice Awards were announced in St. Louis during the USA Rice Outlook Conference. Awards are presented in the categories of farmer, industry, and lifetime achievement. This year's winners are Joe Aguzzi, Farmer of the Year, Eric Webster, Rice Industry award winner, and Elton Kennedy, Rice Lifetime Achievement award winner...

Cotton USA Weekly
12/05/2013 – CCI Board of Directors to Meet in Washington, DC: Cotton Council International’s (CCI) Board of Directors will meet at the JW Marriott Feb. 7-9, 2014, in conjunction with the National Cotton Council’s Annual Meeting...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
12/02/2013 – LA Agriculture Hall Of Distinction: Nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted through Dec. 15. Application or nomination forms can be obtained online ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/27/2013 – COTTON USA Sponsors Taiwan’s Golden Bell Awards: Cotton Council International’s (CCI) sponsorship of the Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan publicized COTTON USA to an audience of more than 15.4 million while netting a 1,700 percent return on investment. Celebrity Mr. Kingone Wang represented COTTON USA at the Golden Bell Awards, an annual Taiwanese award show similar to the Emmy Awards ...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/26/2013 – Final Crop Progress Report For 2013: There were just over five full days suitable for fieldwork across Louisiana last week. Soil moisture supplies are now rated 3% very short, 20% short, 58% adequate and 19% surplus. Sweet potato harvest reached 100% complete last week. Sugarcane and pecan harvest made good progress...

Cotton USA Weekly
11/21/2013 – Chinese Buyers Source U.S. Cotton-Rich Yarns at Jakarta Event: Cotton Council International (CCI) hosted the 2013 COTTON USA Chinese Yarn Buyers Tour in Jakarta to promote U.S. cotton-rich yarns produced by mills in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/21/2013 – Griffin Reports New Weed Problem: In April of 2013, I visited several sugarcane fields in the Cheneyville area where I observed large broadleaf weeds with flower buds and flowers present and with well-established root systems...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/20/2013 – Thanksgiving Costs More Again: Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up for the second year in a row. The 2013 Thanksgiving market basket will average $48.50 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter survey.

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/11/2013 – Corn Production Up 1 Percent from September Forecast. Soybean Production Up 3 Percent. Cotton Production Up 2 Percent.

Syngenta spearheads Operation Pollinator
11/08/2013 – GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, November 8, 2013 – To boost bee health, Syngenta developed Operation Pollinator® to establish pollinator habitats in field borders, hedgerows, filter strips, marginal cropland and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. This program is critical to bee colonies that have become more fragile from factors including Varroa mites, declining habitat and reduced food supplies.

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/08/2013 – Vilsack: USDA ERS Report Highlights Need for Farm Bill – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the Rural America at a Glance report released by USDA's Economic Research Service Thursday highlights the critical need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs bill that will help to reverse troubling demographic and economic patterns in rural America.

Cotton USA Weekly
11/07/2013 – Educational U.S. Cotton Tour Amplifies Thai Media Coverage of COTTON USA – Cotton Council International (CCI) brought six winners of a COTTON USA promotional campaign in Thailand – along with celebrity Mr. Nawat Kulrattanarak and a Thai television show – to California to visit U.S. cotton fields.

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/06/2013 – Conferees for WRRDA Named by Senate: The Senate has announced conferees for the upcoming negotiations for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Senators David Vitter of Louisiana, Barbra Boxler of California, Max Baucus of Montana, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, David Vitter of Louisiana, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming will represent the Senate on the conference committee....

CI Launches Cotton Webcast
11/05/2013 – Short season production is often the only viable option in many parts of the Cotton Belt. Understanding the best production practices is vital to maximizing yield in these areas...

Commodity Roundtable Meeting and Farm Tour
11/04/2013 – Cotton Board CEO and current Chairman of the Commodity Roundtable, William A. Gillon, recently hosted a meeting and farm tour for a group known as the Commodity Roundtable.  The Commodity Roundtable is a consortium of executives who represent our nation’s commodity boards...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
11/04/2013 – Rice Research To Continue At Lower Level: The Louisiana Rice Research Board reviewed a number of proposals from LSU AgCenter scientists and has agreed to provide $1.29 million for next year's projects to help Louisiana rice farmers. Research projects totaling $1.67 million had been requested by the LSU AgCenter, but the board decided to fund existing projects at 10 percent less than the 2013 total and to fund only two new projects....

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
10/31/2013 – Highlights of Chairman Lucas's Opening Statement: At the first formal meeting of the Farm Bill Conference Committee Wednesday - Chairman Frank Lucas made it clear that the committee has a responsibility to put policy in place that is good for farmers, ranchers, consumers and those who have hit difficult times....

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
10/29/2013 – More than 250 organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, have sent a letter to House and Senate agriculture committee members and leadership advocating passage of a five-year farm bill as soon as possible. The groups are urging Congress to move forward on a unified farm bill that preserves a five-year authorization for all programs, while continuing the partnership between the nutrition and farm communities...

Cotton USA Weekly
10/25/2013 – Cotton Council International (CCI) and Cotton Incorporated joined forces to promote U.S. cotton products and showcase the latest fabric and color trends at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics from Oct. 21-24. The show attracted more than 3,700 exhibitors from 35 countries. Forty-three of CCI's key licensees in the China & Hong Kong region participated in the show, and CCI identified eight potential COTTON USA licensees across the supply chain...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
10/25/2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that U.S. farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set records for sales, income and assets in 2012, buoyed by strong prices for grain, farm supplies and many other agricultural commodities. Sales by agricultural and fishery co-ops of nearly $235 billion surpassed the 2011 record by $18 billion, an 8.3 percent gain. Record net (pre-tax) income of $6.1 billion was up nearly 13 percent over the $5.4 billion recorded in 2011...

Cotton USA Weekly
10/11/2013 – Following the success of last year’s U.S. Mill Tour to Shanghai, China, Cotton Council International (CCI) organized a comprehensive COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing event in Guangzhou from October 8-12. With CCI’s assistance, U.S. spinners Buehler Quality Yarns, Frontier Spinning and Parkdale met with 25 new Chinese companies and visited six factories in the Guangzhou area...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏
10/11/2013 – The Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri recently released a new report entitled "Impacts of Selected provisions of the House and Senate Farm Bills." The report provides a thorough side by side comparison of the commodity programs included in the House and Senate farm bills that will be at issue if and when they get to conference...

O.A. Cleveland's Update
10/10/2013 – The cotton market eased through another positive week as both the fundamentals and technicals factors mentioned last week remained active trading news. Prices, basis the New York December contract, spent most of their time between 86 and 87.50 cents, closing just above the 87.50 market. The trading at 81-to-88 cents continues, with no strong movement expected outside the range...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network
10/10/2013 – No USDA Reports This Week: The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report scheduled for release this Friday will not be issued due to the lapse in federal funding. A USDA spokesperson made it official Monday. USDA won't issue the latest crop report either...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network
10/09/2013 – Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Both the American Farm Bureau and the National Corn Growers Association plan to file appeals on the recent ruling which upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's Total Maximum Daily Load for the Chesapeake Bay watershed...

More Fallout From Shutdown
10/03/2013 – Cuts to commodity loans and unavailability of crop data are among the concerns of farmers amid the approaching harvest and a government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency announced Monday, Sept. 30, a 5.1 percent reduction in commodity loans and a suspension of loan-making for all commodities...

Govt shutdown affects cotton market
10/02/2013 – The cotton harvest is quickly approaching, but this year's government shutdown could likely create some problems. "It's a little difficult to know this early in the process, but we know there are some things already that are going to affect producers," said Steve Verett, Plains Cotton Growers' executive vice president.

Farm Program Suspended
10/02/2013 – A program critical to many area farmers is being impacted by the shutdown. On Monday, the Farm Service Agency announced adjustments to the Commodity Loan Program. That program provides a short-term loan for farmers so crops can be stored after harvest and sold at a later date...

It's Happened Again
09/30/2013 – The House and Senate stood eyeball-to-eyeball last night..and neither side blinked. So at midnight, the doors to the federal government slammed shut and with it, all hope of getting an extension of the current farm bill approved much less a new bill entirely...

Deadline On Farm Bill Approaches
09/30/2013 – According to Texas A&M economist Steven Klose, the trick to talking about the farm bill is trying to find something new to say about a process that has been dragging on for more than two years.  Speaking at the Southern Region Agricultural Outlook Conference in Atlanta, Klose pointed out due to market conditions, current farm policy hasn't played a large role recently...

La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network
09/27/2013 – Farm Bill Moves A Tiny Bit - House Republicans took the first steps late yesterday toward a formal Farm Bill conference with the senate, as the Rules Committee cleared the way for a floor vote today that would merge the separate titles approved earlier...

NCC'S COTTON E-NEWS
09/27/2013 – National Cotton Council producer members are reminded they can access a wealth of production resources under the NCC's "Advancing Cotton Education" (ACE) program...

Farm Bill Advances
09/26/2013 – House Republicans took the first steps late Thursday toward a formal Farm Bill conference with the Senate, as the Rules Committee cleared the way the way for a floor vote Friday that would marry up the separate titles approved in July and then last week...

Fincher Sends Letter Encouraging House Leadership to Consider “Health Care Fairness Act of 2013”
09/25/2013 – Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) released the following statement after sending a letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor encouraging them to include H.R. 3126, the Health Care Fairness Act of 2013, in H.J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, to stop Members of Congress from receiving special treatment in entering the health care exchanges...

Rep. Peterson's Statement On Republican Cuts
09/19/2013 – “I rise in strong opposition to this rule and the underlying bill. H.R. 3102 is just another example of the Republican Majority’s misplaced priorities.

Sen. Stabenow Reacts To House Vote
09/19/2013 – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement after today’s House vote on Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s bill that would kick nearly 4 million Americans off of food assistance. The effort, which has stalled House action on moving forward with finalizing the Farm Bill which supports 16 million American jobs, would impact the nation’s most vulnerable citizens including children, senior citizens, veterans and disabled Americans. The measure passed on a largely party-line vote.

House Ag Committee Chairman Reacts To Vote
09/19/2013 – Today, Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 by a vote of 217-210. "I remain committed to getting a five-year farm bill on the books this year. Today's vote was another step toward that goal.

Ag Secretary Reacts To House Vote
09/19/2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on today’s House vote on nutrition assistance: “Today's vote was a highly partisan step that does nothing to promote a bipartisan, comprehensive Farm Bill and stands no chance of becoming law. The harmful plan championed today by House leadership would deny critical nutrition assistance for millions of Americans, including working families with children, senior citizens, veterans, and adults who are still looking for work.

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