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“AgCenter Leads” tell the story of the LSU AgCenter’s research and educational programs. Each “Lead” includes examples of the impact an AgCenter program has on the state of Louisiana. For more information about each topic, please refer to the links and contacts included in each “Lead.”

[Image: Craig Adam]Louisiana ‘Master Farmers’ Lead the Nation
Louisiana has stepped out ahead of all other states in the nation in helping farmers learn to voluntarily comply with stricter environmental regulations governing water quality. This has happened because of the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program.
[Image: organwise guys]Smart Bodies: Learn early to fight obesity, improve health
Smart Bodies is an educational program aimed at improving children's health and preventing childhood obesity. A joint initiative of the LSU AgCenter and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Smart Bodies is taught in schools across the state and helps children learn how to build strong bodies and develop active minds.
[Image: Autumn Lilac azalea]Get Ready for Gardening
Get ready for spring gardening by attending one of the LSU AgCenter-sponsored shows. Experts will be at all the shows giving advice, making presentations and answering your questions.
[Image: Kelly Woo]Food Incubator gets products to market
The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator is a one-stop resource center for people looking to break into the food business and put sellable, high-quality products on store shelves. The incubator puts within reach of entrepreneurs the tools to test, produce, package and market foods.
[Image: Nick Singh]Plant Diagnostic Center ready with answers
It only takes one sick plant to spoil the looks of your home landscape or your garden. But before you attempt to treat, you need to find out what's going on from an expert in plant diagnostics. And that's when you want to turn to the LSU AgCenter’s own "plant doctor," Raghuwinder Singh.
[Image: Go Red Logo]February Heart Month: Keep it healthy
February is a month dedicated to the heart – in more ways than one. This is the time to celebrate love and give your sweetheart a valentine. This is also the month to wear red and call attention to prevention of the No. 1 killer of women – heart disease.
Kids Learn As Animals Grow
In a busy show barn, cows and pigs might be all spectators notice. But the young people who raise and train the animals are evidence that there is more than meets the eye at the LSU AgCenter's Livestock Show, which is Feb. 8-15 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
[Image: LaHouse]Learn from LaHouse
Framed by stucco arches and topped with a red tile roof, LaHouse looks a lot like many buildings on LSU's campus. On the inside, however, it is far from the norm. The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center is a permanent sustainable housing and development educational exhibit and outreach program.
Vow Not to Gain Weight over the Holidays
The holiday season brings eating and drinking temptations galore, and many people gain a pound or two – but usually not any more. The problem is that any weight gained during the holidays tends not to come off the rest of the year, unless you make a commitment to weight loss.
[Image: red poinsettia]Pick Poinsettias
Pointy and pretty, no flower quite has the petal power of poinsettias at the holidays. And the selection would be far fewer in Louisiana were it not for the LSU AgCenter. Although AgCenter horticulturists do not develop new varieties of poinsettias, they do evaluate the varieties that come on the market and test them for their suitability to grow here.
Enjoy Your Thanksgiving
Most people enjoy a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. And despite the rising costs of food, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings still comes under $5 per person, on average, which is less than a typical fast food meal. Following are some tips to help make your Thanksgiving safe and enjoyable.
[Image: combineatstatefair]AgMagic at the State Fair
Do you think food, clothing, lumber and other products only come from a store? Come to AgMagic at the State Fair to see and learn where your food and fiber really come from. Visitors will enter the world of agriculture and follow a path that leads to knowledge in wildlife, crops, livestock, nutrition and 4-H.
[Image: pink ribbon banner]Diet can help prevent breast cancer
Pink abounds in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States.
[Image: Master Gardeners work at Burden Center]Master Gardener program continues to grow
The LSU AgCenter offers home gardeners opportunities to develop their skills and share their knowledge with others through participation in the Louisiana Master Gardener program.
School success starts with healthy habits
It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools in session again, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish good habits.
[Image: citrus canker disease leaves]Citrus canker disease threatens Louisiana trees
Citrus canker, a disease that causes fruit to drop off trees prematurely, has been detected in Louisiana for the first time since the 1940s. LSU AgCenter scientists and agents are working to halt the spread and save Louisiana’s popular industry.
[Image: Master Gardeners in Tangipahoa]Master Gardener program continues to grow
Master Gardeners have made life easier for LSU AgCenter agents and gardening enthusiasts in Louisiana for almost 20 years. “The work they do for the gardening program helps the AgCenter expand those programs and reach a larger group of people,” said coordinator Rene' Schmit.
[Image: cattle flooded]Get ready for a hurricane
During a hurricane, you need some supplies just to survive. Get prepared early. You may have to leave home, and you may find yourself spending a night in a car. After a hurricane, you may be housebound for a week or longer, probably with no electricity. Water may be off or contaminated.
[Image: puerto rico nursery]Rice Research Station helps feed the world
Since 1908, the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station has been conducting research and developing new rice varieties that benefit the rice industry in Louisiana and help put rice on the table for families around the world. Rice farmers in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Missouri rely heavily on rice varieties developed at the station.
[Image: donniemiller]Northeast Research Station: Louisiana agriculture depends on it
Northeast Louisiana's economy depends on the LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station near St. Joseph in Tensas Parish. That's because agriculture is the backbone of the regional economy, contributing about $1 billion.
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