Archive for April, 2012

The 2012 Louisiana Master Gardener Conference will be held October 24 – 26 at the L’auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The theme of this year’s Conference is Gardening – Learning – Teaching – Sharing – Our Bridge to the Future.

For information on the Conference Schedule, Accommodations, Tours, Registration and more visit:  



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Louisiana Master Gardeners with the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Project, will sponsor a “Spring Garden Day” on Friday, April 20 at LaHouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  LSU AgCenter specialists, along with Master Gardeners and local experts will provide programs on how to plan and grow a sustainable backyard garden full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. In addition to presentations, participants will have the opportunity to purchase bedding plants, herbs, olive trees, and Louisiana Super Plants.

Admission is free and the program includes jambalaya and refreshments served at noon. LaHouse is located at 2858 Gourrier Avenue and is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive and Burbank in Baton Rouge.

For more information contact:  khuffstickler@agcenter.lsu.edu or at 225-578-7913.

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From Dr. Bill Richardson, Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter:

In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of research excellence at the Louisiana State University AgCenter through the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, established in 1887. In that year Congress passed the Hatch Act, which provided federal funding to support agricultural experiment stations at the nation’s land-grant colleges.  The significance of this anniversary is far-reaching and touches the lives of everyone in Louisiana.   Agriculture provides a positive balance of trade, and more agricultural products are exported from Louisiana than any other state.

Were it not for the relentless pursuit of science-based solutions to the problems of growing crops and livestock in this state, we would not have much of an agricultural economy to speak of. In total, agriculture contributes more than $26 billion yearly to the Louisiana economy. Louisiana’s crops include rice, sugarcane, cotton, soybeans, corn and sweet potatoes. The largest commodity is our forests. Our food scientists work diligently to add value to our aquaculture and seafood industries. The AgCenter helps assure that Louisiana seafood is safe.

The AgCenter is one of the nation’s best examples of how an institution of higher education can serve as an economic stimulus. Our discoveries have led to 14 start-up companies. We have recently garnered a five-year $17.2 million federal grant to speed up development of biofuels from sugarcane and sweet sorghum. Our record is one of conducting research with practical, immediate application and in collaboration with business and industry. Our extension offices in every parish bring knowledge to everyone’s doorstep. We hope to continue serving Louisiana for another 125 years.

To learn more about the 125 years of Agriculture Research and the Louisiana Agriculture Experiment Station visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7roRiNED4I

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