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Storm Cleanup? Think Safety Before You Use Chainsaw
Professional logger wearing protective equipment

(Distributed 09/04/08) Hurricane Gustav put a lot of limbs and whole trees on the ground in various areas of the state, and many people already are working on cleanup efforts. An LSU AgCenter forest safety specialist says safety should be a major consideration during those efforts – particularly when it comes to use of a chainsaw.

Hurricane Rita Hits Southwestern Louisiana (Photos)
Hay barn damaged by hurricane

(Posted 09/28/05) Hurricane Rita's impact on agriculture and natural resources in southwestern Louisiana was widespread. See more photos in this gallery.

Hurricane Rita Adds To Problems For La. Cotton Crop
Modules of cotton after hurricane

(Distributed 09/28/05) The 2005 Louisiana cotton crop took significant hits when the second hurricane in less than a month roared into the state this past weekend (Sept. 23-25).

Louisiana Sweet Potato Harvest Under Way; Crop Spared From Major Storm Damage
(Distributed 09/28/05) The Louisiana sweet potato harvest is under way, and LSU AgCenter experts say the damage from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita appears to be minimal.

Cattle, Rice, Sugarcane, Crawfish, More Affected By Rita
Farmer cleans up debris around crumpled rice bins after hurricane
(Distributed 09/28/05) Cattle, rice, sugarcane, crawfish, wildlife and alligators are among many of Hurricane Rita casualties in southwestern Louisiana.
Pecan Growers Learn How To Control Diseases and Pests
Pecan Field Day participants
(Distributed 09/28/05)Growers learned how to detect and control the most economically damaging disease for pecan production in the South during the LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research and Extension Station Field Day last week (Sept. 22).
Surprise! Homeowner's Insurance Policy Offers Good News After A Disaster
(Distributed October 2005) Many people are surprised about the extent of protection their homeowner's insurance policy offers. Although your policy may not cover flood damage to your home, it does offer some protection from loss due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, according to LSU AgCenter family economics professor Dr. Ann Berry.
LSU AgCenter Advises Making Your Home Safer, Stronger, Smarter
(Distributed October 2005) The aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita is a wake-up call for all whose homes were spared. It’s a vivid reminder of the importance of making your home stronger, safer and smarter, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel.
Saturday Programs Teach, Entertain Evacuated Children
Team building exercise for hurricane evacuees
(Distributed 09/22/05) The Baton Rouge River Center is a temporary home for a fluctuating population of around 6,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and at least 2,500 of them are children. Concern for all the evacuees – but particularly the children – prompted 4-H agents and others from the LSU AgCenter and Southern University AgCenter to work on ideas for worthwhile activities that would help displaced families and children pass the time.
Don’t Forget To Help Those Who Volunteer
(Distributed 09/22/05) When disasters happen, dedicated volunteers and professionals swing into action to help those affected by the tragedy. But who takes care of the "helpers"?
Louisiana Youngsters Making ‘The 4-H Connection’; National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8
(Distributed 09/22/05) Louisiana youngsters will join other 4-H’ers across the United States in early October to "Make the 4-H Connection" in their communities.
LSU AgCenter Hosts Master Farmer Field Day In Simmesport
(Distributed 09/21/05) Farmers, industry representatives and LSU AgCenter personnel recently attended a Louisiana Master Farmer Model Farm field day here. The Sept. 16 activities at Robert Thevis’ farm in Simmesport provided an opportunity for the participants to observe conservation practices being followed by a leading producer.
Crawfish, Catfish Farmers To Vote On Assessment Renewals Oct. 12
(Distributed 09/21/05) Louisiana crawfish and catfish producers will vote Oct. 12 on whether to continue funding promotion and research in their industries.
Avoid Mold Hazards In Flood-damaged Home
(Distributed 09/20/05) A flood-damaged home requires special attention to avoid or correct a "population explosion" of mold, says LSU AgCenter expert Dr. Claudette Reichel.