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LSU AgCenter Research Unit Earns National Accreditation
(Distributed 10/28/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Reproductive Biology Center recently received full accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). The accreditation certifies this AgCenter research unit is providing the highest quality care of the animals used in its research program and is accountable in maintaining a standard of excellence, said Richard Denniston, coordinator of the unit.

Jefferson, Orleans Soil Contamination May Not Be As Serious As Feared
(Distributed 10/28/05) LSU AgCenter experts say soil contamination in Jefferson and Orleans parishes from flooding after this summer’s hurricanes may not be as serious as originally feared. Those experts say initial results of tests conducted in October indicate no need for special preparations to the soils prior to planting and that there should be no danger for individuals digging or planting in the soil.

Meetings Bring Farmers Together To Consider Options After Storms
Farmers attending workshop on options after storms

(Distributed 10/27/05) Farmers attending workshops in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes Tuesday (Oct. 25) learned about assistance for dealing with hardships caused by two hurricanes that struck the state this summer. Similar sessions, organized by the LSU AgCenter, were planned for New Iberia, Hammond and Raceland over the next few days.

Experts Say Precautions Key In Preventing Avian Flu
(Distributed 10/25/05) Although the latest strain of avian influenza, H5N1, has not been detected in the United States, an LSU AgCenter poultry specialist says bird owners should do all they can to protect their flocks. Another expert says hunters also can take precautions.

Long-time LSU AgCenter, Southern Extension Agent Selected As ‘Mr. Yam’
(Distributed 10/25/05) Gerald Roberts, an LSU AgCenter and Southern University county agent in St. Landry Parish, said being chosen as 2005’s Mr. Yam punctuates his 29-year career of service to sweet potato growers in the area.
Louisiana Citrus Can Be Found But At A Premium This Year
Viewing damage to citrus crop and orchard
(Distributed 10/25/05) Louisiana citrus is another of the state’s agricultural crops heavily damaged by the hurricanes this year. Officials say some Louisiana citrus will be available despite the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina to southeastern Louisiana, but they warn it will be at a premium.
LaHouse Exhibiting Stronger, Safer, Smarter Construction
(Distributed 10/25/05) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center is giving the public opportunities to see aspects of its stronger, safer and smarter construction.
Salt Contamination Of Soil After Rita May Not Be As Bad As Feared; Tests To Begin This Week
Howard Cormier speaks at meeting about possible salt contamination of soil in Vermilion Parish
(Distributed 10/21/05) The LSU AgCenter soon will begin comprehensive tests for salt contamination in areas of Vermilion Parish hit by Hurricane Rita’s storm surge, but officials this week said the problem may not be as bad as originally feared.
South Louisiana Christmas Tree Farmer Gets Help From Out-of-state Friends
Christmas tree grower discusses damage
(Distributed 10/21/05) There will be trees from the Shady Pond Christmas Tree Farm northeast of New Orleans this year – thanks in large part to some help from fellow growers from North Carolina.
4-H’ers Reach Out With ‘Hope Boxes’ For Hurricane Victims
Boxes of Hope
(Distributed 10/20/05) Don’t give up was the message from one state’s 4-H’er to those in Louisiana who were affected by the recent hurricanes. To stress that message, 4-H’ers from across North Carolina collected school supplies, toiletries and stuffed animals for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The items were packed into "Boxes of Hope" that arrived in Louisiana Monday (Oct. 17).
Lawnmowers, Other Small Engines May Be Salvageable After Floods
(Distributed 10/20/05) Many lawnmowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other lawn and garden equipment with small engines were underwater during the flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Some Hurricane Survivors Face Tough Mortgage Decisions
(Distributed 10/20/05) Recent hurricanes may have obliterated your house, your job and likely even the property values in your area – leaving you with the feeling that the only things still intact are your mortgage and other debts.
LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery Hotline Launched
(Distributed 10/19/05) The LSU AgCenter recently established a toll-free phone system to help Louisiana citizens obtain information about recovering from the disasters and damages created by recent hurricanes. The LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery Hotline can be reached by dialing 866-573-0178.
Farm Recovery Workshops To Be Offered Across South Louisiana
(Distributed 10/19/05) The LSU AgCenter will present several workshops in South Louisiana to help farmers recover from hurricanes Rita and Katrina, with the first sessions set for Tuesday (Oct. 25) in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes.