U.S. and Louisiana to export rice to China for first time ever
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.

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Farm recovery grant program meetings scheduled
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.

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Farmers, ranchers eligible for flood recovery grant
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.
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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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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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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.
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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.

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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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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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