Taskforce strives improve ag water management

The Natural Resources Conservation Service Red Bayou Watershed Project in Caddo Parish is giving farmers a nearby source of surface water for irrigation. Water is pumped from the Red River into Red Bayou. Photo provided by Stacia Davis

An LSU AgCenter taskforce is identifying ways to help farmers irrigate more efficiently and improve water quality.

For Outstanding Master Farmer, it's about the land

Ruben Dauzat examines his wheat crop near Simmesport. He practices no-till methods and regularly rotates crops that includes grain sorghum, corn and soybeans. Depressed cotton prices have kept him from planting that option in the past few years. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Ruben Dauzat, chosen as the Outstanding Master Farmer of the Year for 2014, wants to make the best crop possible each growing season, but he doesn’t forget the long-term goal of conservation of the land and water.

Learning abounds at AgCenter Livestock Show

Caroline Fontenot, 16, of Evangeline Parish, is comforted by her father after placing third with her goat at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show on Feb. 16. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is full of activity as the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show kicks into high gear. The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 21, when it will culminate with an awards ceremony.


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