|Posted on 1/31/2018 11:57:00 AM.|
Louisianans looking to buy local products at their grocery store should look for a new logo. Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says they have overhauled their Certified logo program with flashier, more diverse logos to further highlight goods made in the Bayou State.
|Certified Louisiana, LDAF, Mike Strain|
|Posted on 12/27/2017 12:03:00 PM.|
The US Department of Agriculture will begin testing a new method for controlling the rampant feral hog population. Texas and Alabama were chosen for a pilot program involving a new poison bait that officials hope will target the swine, without damaging local ecosystems. Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the Sodium Nitrite targets red blood cells to incapacitate the pigs.
|USDA, Swine, Research, Mike Strain, Sodium nitrite|
|Posted on 12/5/2017 5:30:00 AM.|
Louisiana is one of a dozen states asking the US Supreme Court to block a California law which states any eggs sold there must come from hens who have been able to stretch their limbs in their cages.
State Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says California can pass whatever law they want, but saying that their standards should apply to all eggs shipped into the state violates the Commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
|eggs, Mike Strain, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitution|
|Posted on 11/13/2017 1:44:00 PM.|
Governor Edwards and Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain will start a listening tour across several rural communities tomorrow. The tour will allow members of the agricultural community an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss their concerns. Strain says they want to know the challenges farmers face.
|Governor John Bel Edwards, Mike Strain, Louisiana Ag economy|
|Posted on 7/21/2017 11:09:00 AM.|
Louisiana will be able to export rice to China for the first time ever under a landmark trade agreement involving the U.S. and the Asian country. Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain says this is a huge achievement for the rice industry.
|rice, China, Mike Strain, trade agreement|
|Posted on 7/13/2017 3:38:00 AM.|
Three out of four farm recovery grant program meetings are scheduled for today for farmers and ranchers who suffered losses as a result of the March and August 2016 floods. Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says during these meetings, the guidelines and application process for receiving recovery grant money will be discussed.
|The Great Flood 2016, Mike Strain, farmers, ranchers|
|Posted on 7/1/2017 4:52:00 AM.|
Farmers and ranchers who were impacted by last year’s floods could be eligible for recovery grants. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the state has $10 million to help affected farmers. He says it is part of the $1.6 billion Congress appropriated for flood recovery.
“In order to qualify you have to be in one of the 51 parishes that was declared a disaster as a result of the flooding,” Strain said.
|Mike Strain, flood, flood recovery, grants, farming, |
|Posted on 5/28/2017 5:21:00 AM.|
Pet owners will soon have more time to claim their lost pets after a disaster. A measure by Gonzales Representative Clay Schexnayder allows pet parents 30 days to claim their fur babies following a state of emergency. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says his agency takes in abandoned animals after disasters.
|Mike Strain, Clay Schexnayder, natural disaster, pets|
|Posted on 4/19/2017 4:10:00 AM.|
Agricultural Commissioner Mike Strain has delayed the sale of Kaput feral hog bait in Louisiana, because of the danger it poses to other animals. Kaput is a poison that can kill wild pigs, but Strain says the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has found black bears can overturn the feeders containing the bait and dump the contents.
|Mike Strain, Kaput, feral hogs, agriculture|
|Posted on 3/29/2017 2:47:00 AM.|
Louisiana is seeing an uptick in skimming devices at gas pumps. That’s according to Ag Commissioner Mike Strain, who heads the Weights and Measures division. Strain says his inspectors are finding one or two skimmers a week, and more consumers are alerting his office to help track down the devices.
|Mike Strain, Weights and Measures division, |
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