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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

LaHouse to offer Lead Certified Renovator training

(02/04/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer a Lead Certified Renovator training course on Feb. 23 and a refresher course on March 10.

LSU AgCenter to offer GroupGAP food safety training in Oak Grove
Achyut Adhikari

(02/04/16) OAK GROVE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a workshop on March 2-3 in Oak Grove to educate produce growers, packers and processors about GroupGAP, a new food safety certification program.

LSU AgCenter offers guide on sugarcane aphid-resistant sorghum hybrids
sugarcane aphids

(02/04/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has released a guide listing grain sorghum hybrids that offer resistance to the sugarcane aphid, a pest that has caused significant damage to Louisiana’s sorghum crop in recent years.

International rice trade featured at producer meeting
Zaunbrecher presentation

(02/04/16) JENNINGS, La. – The possibility of exporting rice to China could become reality this year, and work continues to open trade with Cuba, the USA Rice president reported to rice growers at their annual meeting Wednesday (Feb. 3).

February is rose care and preparation time
Belinda's Dream rose
(02/04/16) HAMMOND, La. – Roses continue to be one of our most popular ornamental plants, and home gardeners should learn about and be aware of recommended management practices for them, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
AgCenter workshop helps teachers ‘greaux’ gardens
Johanna Reese
(02/04/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of Ascension Parish teachers spent a day away from their students to become students themselves. The teachers were learning how to develop school gardens as part of the LSU AgCenter’s Greauxing Gardens program at the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
AgCenter offers class on new home energy code Feb. 17
Claudette Reichel
(02/04/16) BATON ROUGE La. – The LSU AgCenter will offer a seminar on Feb. 17 in Metairie to help educate home contractors, designers, inspectors and owners about new energy efficiency requirements.
Program expands school gardens
(Video 02/03/16) An LSU AgCenter program is helping gardens sprout in schools across Louisiana. Teachers will soon be planting gardens at most public elementary and middle schools in Ascension Parish after a recent workshop aimed at getting school gardens growing. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 01:40)
Students get up close look at Mike the Tiger
(Video 02/03/16) LSU’s mascot is known as Mike the Tiger, the only live tiger mascot in the country. Students in the LSU College of Agriculture’s Residential College got an up-close look at Mike’s habitat and learned what it is like to take care of such a magnificent creature. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:33)
Nearly time to plant citrus
(Video 02/08/16) It’s nearly time to plant citrus trees here in Louisiana — that is, after freezes are gone. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains which citrus are most and least tolerant of cooler weather and how to care for them. (Runtime: 01:47)
Pineapple guava great for privacy screens, edible fruit
Pineapple Guava
(Video 02/15/16) Pineapple guava is a plant you can grow as a privacy screen or grow into a tree. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, the pineapple guava has no major insect or disease problems and produces delicious fruit. (Runtime: 01:51)
Certified nursery, landscape training scheduled for Feb. 23-24 in Hammond
Dan Gill
(02/03/16) HAMMOND, La. – The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter has scheduled a certified nursery and landscape professional manual review and exam for February 23-24, 2016, at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.
Fontenot named Outstanding Young Extension Horticulturist
Kiki Fontenot
(02/03/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kathryn Fontenot has been named the recipient of the 2016 John E. Hutchinson Extension Award for Young Professionals from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science.
LSU AgCenter to offer food safety training in April
Achyut Adhikari
(02/03/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a three-day workshop on April 20-22 to educate food processors about safety regulations and best practices for preventing contamination.