First Medical Marijuana in Louisiana to be Planted Friday
Posted on 8/16/2018 3:42:00 PM.

The first medical pot is on track to be planted Friday after a successful meeting between the Ag Department, the LSU Ag Center, and GB Sciences, gave the green light for GB to start the process of growing the medicinal marijuana. It’s a temporary go ahead for GB, who provides the plants for LSU. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says they had to survey the facility before giving the thumbs up.
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Medicinal marijuana crop delayed until November
Posted on 8/15/2018 5:20:00 AM.

The Ag Commissioner is meeting today with the marijuana grower tasked with providing medicinal cannabis in the wake of news that this year’s crop is being delayed until November. The pot’s producer, GB Sciences, is blaming the delay on resistance from the Department of Agriculture, but Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says that’s just not true.
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Gov. Edwards to meet with sugarcane farmers to discuss tariffs among other things
Posted on 7/16/2018 3:59:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain are taking a trip out to the farm. They will be meeting with local sugar cane farmers July 19th to discuss tariffs among other issues. Strain says he and the governor will be on hand to congratulate sugarcane farmers for their historic achievement.

“The largest cane crop ever, over 15 million tons, 600,000 tons, 1.8 million tons of sugar, over a billion dollars.”
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Woman arrested for allegedly selling horse on the web without the owner's knowledge
Posted on 4/26/2018 1:12:00 PM.

A woman is under arrest for allegedly stealing a horse, and selling it for $1,000 cash on the internet. 27-year-old Sarah Broussard of Scott was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail on the charge of Theft of Property valued over $500. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain (pictured) says the buyer had no clue the horse was stolen.

“She used a false name to identify herself and advertise to sell a horse for sale on the internet,” Strain said.
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Ag Commissioner Mike Strain has cautions about Easter Eggs
Posted on 3/30/2018 11:17:00 AM.
Many children will be eager to find eggs during the traditional Easter egg hunts this year. There are things to keep in mind, especially if you plan on eating those eggs that are found. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says it’s important to use the correct dyes when coloring your eggs.
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Roseau cane quarantine in effect
Posted on 3/29/2018 3:12:00 AM.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has ordered an emergency quarantine so that Roseau cane south of LA Highway 10 is not transported out of the area. A tiny invasive insect is damaging the plant, which is a vital part of Louisiana’s wetland. Commissioner Mike Strain says it’s already effected 200,000 acres.
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Four cows killed in levee area of St. Landry Parish
Posted on 3/8/2018 11:32:00 AM.
The Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Department is seeking information in finding persons responsible for the death of a cow and three calves. Commissioner Mike Strain says they were killed in a pasture at a levee near Port Barre.
 
"Inspectors say it appears the cattle were run over by a truck.  According to witnesses, they say they heard what sounded like trucks mud riding in the area around midnight on March 3rd." 
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LDAF launches new Certified Louisiana logos to help shoppers identify homegrown products
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.

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USDA set to test new swine poison to curb population of wild hogs
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.

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Louisiana one of 12 states seeking lawsuit regarding California egg law
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.
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