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 Home>News Archive>2011>November>
La. 4-H sets Dec. 3 for Day of Service
(Distributed 11/30/11) Louisiana 4-H will conduct its first Day of Service on Sat., Dec. 3, to show that one day can make a difference in the life of an individual, a community and a state.

Citrus is abundant, sweet this year
(Radio 11/29/11) At Star Nursery and Farm in Belle Chase, workers are busy packing and shipping boxes of satsumas. Joseph Ranatza, a fifth-generation citrus grower, says this year the quality is high and volume is plentiful. (Runtime: 1:20)

Christmas tree farms can provide extra income for growers
(Radio News 11/28/11) Many families looking for the perfect Christmas tree will visit a tree farm this year. Choose-and-cut farms are a fun way to buy a tree and provide good income for growers, says LSU AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist Don Reed. (Runtime: 1:25)

4-H poultry judging team brings home wins in national contest
(Distributed 11/28/11) The Louisiana 4-H Poultry Judging Team placed fourth overall at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 16-17.

Louisiana wheat growers waited on rain to plant crop [Image: Wheat Planting]
(Video News 11/28/11) Many Louisiana wheat farmers had to wait to plant their crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that dry weather kept farmers out of their fields. (Runtime: 1:14)
Pothos is tough tropical indoor plant [Image: Pothos]
(Video 11/28/11) Want interesting indoor greenery that’s not difficult to care for? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why a tough tropical plant called pothos is the perfect choice. (Runtime: 1:37)
Swan columbine is tough, colorful Super Plant [Image: Swan Columbine]
(Video 11/21/11) The saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” That slogan could apply to the obscure columbine. Not many Louisiana gardeners have ever heard of it. Until now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the Swan columbine is a great Louisiana Super Plant worthy of the spotlight. (Runtime: 1:30)
Scientist tests plant mats to keep water bodies clean [Image: floating mats]
(Distributed 11/23/11) HAMMOND, La. – An LSU AgCenter water resources scientist is trying to keep Louisiana in compliance with the 1972 Clean Water Act by testing plant mats in a pond at the Hammond Research Station.
Expert offers advice for picking, caring for Christmas tree
(Radio News 11/23/11) The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree generally starts soon after the Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pies have been put away. The first thing to do when picking a tree, whether at a retail outlet or a choose-and-cut farm, is to look for ones that will fit your space, says LSU AgCenter wildlife and forestry expert Don Reed. (Runtime: 1:05)
LSU AgCenter Dairy Store has items for holiday entertaining, gifts [Image: cheese boxes]
(Distributed 11/23/11) This time of year the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store gears up for holiday sales, said Chuck Boeneke, dairy science professor. The store keeps a mail-order list and ships across the contiguous United States and is taking orders now.
Plant trees now through midwinter
(Distributed 11/23/11) November, December and into mid-January are excellent times for planting trees in Louisiana. During this period, the soil is still warm, encouraging vigorous root growth, and trees will have several months to get established before summer’s heat.
Cheeses, eggnog among dairy store holiday offerings
(Audio 11/22/11) The LSU AgCenter dairy store is known for its in-house-made ice creams, but even as temperatures fall, there are still reasons to visit the store located on South Stadium Dr. on LSU’s campus. Chuck Boeneke, dairy science professor, said this time of the year, the store is gearing up for holiday sales. (Runtime: 1:20)
Six Sabine Parish 4-H’ers receive awards
(Distributed 11/18/11) MANY, La. – 4-H members comprised six of the eight Sabine Parish students who received the Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders awards, a program sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Fried turkey is healthful if prepared properly
(Audio 11/18/11) Fried foods carry an unhealthful perception. Many cooks fry their turkeys on Thanksgiving. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames says a fried turkey isn't as unhealthful as it might sound. (Runtime: 1:15)