Future disaster victims could have more time to claim lost pets
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.
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Mike Strain, Clay Schexnayder, natural disaster, pets

Registration cancelled for Kaput feral hog bain
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.
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Mike Strain, Kaput, feral hogs, agriculture

Louisiana seeing more skimming devices at gas pumps
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.
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Louisiana celebrates Ag Day
Posted on 3/21/2017 1:53:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Today is Ag Day -- one to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture; and recognize the contribution of the industry in our everyday lives. State Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says today is also a celebration of the fact that, out of the entire industrialized world, we enjoy the lowest cost of food.
ag day, agriculture, mike strain,

Cuts to Department of Agriculture could leave Louisiana vulnerable to wildfires
Posted on 3/7/2017 4:51:00 AM.

Recent state budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture means Louisiana might not have the necessary resources to fight wildfires. That’s according to Ag Commissioner Mike Strain, who says one of the issues with the Gatlinburg fire in Tennessee is that the federal government decreased their firefighting budget. He say that means there wasn’t appropriate forest management.
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Mike Strain, Department of Agriculture, wildfires, budget cuts, firefighters

Horses under quarantine at New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack for Equine Herpesvirus
Posted on 12/29/2016 10:40:00 AM.

A barn at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack is under quarantine for a case of Equine Herpesvirus, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says one horse at the location developed the neurological disease and was humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. He says this virus is highly contagious and there is no vaccine to prevent it.
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New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack, horses, Equine Herpesvirus, Mike Strain

13 parishes declared disaster area because of November drought
Posted on 12/20/2016 5:58:00 AM.

Thirteen parishes in north and central Louisiana have been declared a natural disaster area by the US Department of Agriculture because of drought conditions during 2016. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says crops were damaged because of the drought, and this declaration could help them recover.
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Mike Strain, drought, Farm Services Agency

Ag Commissioner gives food safety tips for Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/23/2016 4:38:00 AM.

As Louisiana families prepare to cook their Thanksgiving feasts, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain has safety tips for home chefs. Strain cooks should make sure the turkey is fully defrosted before it goes in the oven. But he says it’s important not to wash the turkey before cooking.
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Mike Strain, Thanksgiving, food safety

Wildfire danger increasing in Louisiana
Posted on 11/4/2016 5:20:00 AM.

Wildfire risks are elevated across the Bayou State. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says we’ve seen several fires in the past few days because of the dry conditions. He says the possibility for wildfires will only increase in the coming days.
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Mike Strain, wildfires, burn bans

State officials meet with Cuban leaders to discuss trade
Posted on 10/3/2016 4:10:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain, and other state officials will be in Cuba today for a trade mission. Strain, who visited Cuba earlier this year, says representatives from LSU will also join them, because they want to trade more than just commodities.
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John Bel Edwards, Mike Strain, Cuba, trade mission

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