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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Agriculture industry struggling after historic flooding
Posted on 8/26/2016 12:21:00 PM.

The historic flooding in the southern part of the state not only destroyed thousands of homes, but greatly affected the agriculture business. Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says farming is a 13 billion dollar industry in Louisiana and 28 to 30 parishes were hurt by the massive rainfall.

Mike Strain, The Great Flood 2016, agriculture, livestock, flooding

Endorsements starting to roll in for the U.S. Senate race
Posted on 7/27/2016 11:07:00 AM.

We are starting to see more endorsements in the U.S. Senate race. Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is officially backing State Treasurer John Kennedy and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has endorsed Congressman Charles Boustany.

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Louisiana trade mission heads to Cuba
Posted on 7/12/2016 10:50:00 AM.

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain heads to Cuba today to head a trade mission with the island. Strain says the goal is to begin the process of exporting agricultural commodities and other products to Cuba. He hopes they can develop a relationship for trade.

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