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Louisiana Agriculture

Cotton Fields


During the month of July, the LDMA will be highlighting our stories on Louisiana agriculture, an industry vital to both the state’s economy and cuisine.  As we make our way through the heat of another Louisiana summer, we salute the hard-working farmers who continue to grow crops despite constantly changing weather and market conditions and other challenges.  LPB has been covering Louisiana agriculture throughout its forty-two year history.  Here are some of the highlights:



Sugar Cane Farm


Farmers’ Strike (1977)

In this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In, see why Louisiana farmers planned to join a nationwide strike for higher prices.




Story on Louisiana Agriculture in 1982


The State of Louisiana Agriculture (1982)

Learn more about the economic difficulties facing farmers in this special episode of Louisiana: The State We’re In.



Conrad Rice Mill in New Iberia


Conrad Rice Mill (1983)

Take a tour of the Conrad Rice Mill in New Iberia, the oldest working rice mill in the United States.



Louisiana's Timber Industry in 1984


Louisiana’s Timber Industry (1984)

Check out a Louisiana: The State We’re In story on the efforts to modernize the Crown Zellerbach mill in Bogalusa.



LSU Researcher into Aquaculture



Golden Waters (1988)

In this episode of Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow, learn more about LSU’s aquaculture research.





Louisiana Grown: Agriculture across the State (2010)

See a discussion of the issues facing farmers around the state on this episode of Louisiana Public Square.



Drones and Louisiana Farmers


Drones & Louisiana Farmers (2014)

View this Louisiana: The State We’re In story on the LSU AgCenter’s research into how drone technology can help farmers.



Farmer Plowing a Field


Early Spring Impacts La. Agriculture (2017)

Learn more about how the 2016 floods impacted Louisiana agriculture in this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In.





To see more stories, check out the complete Louisiana Agriculture topic.


And to learn more about other important industries in the state, see the Commerce and Industry topic.