agriculture en Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port Baltimore's <a href="">seaport</a> is a world of big, noisy steel machines: giant cargo ships, cranes and roaring trucks.<p>In the middle of this hubbub, David Ng, an agricultural specialist with <a href="">U.S. Customs and Border Protection</a>, tries to find things that are small and alive: snails, moths and weed seeds of all sorts.<p>It's part of a long-running struggle to protect America's fields and forests from exotic insects and weeds. That struggle plays out every day in seaports and airports across the country. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Dan Charles 28053 at Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port State Ag Budget Under Strain <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The House Appropriations Committee began hearings on the budget proposals for each of the state’s departments Monday. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain is asking for a bit more money this next year, and Representative Henry Burns (R-Haughton) quizzed him about the reasons.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 23899 at State Ag Budget Under Strain THURSDAY: Tom North, Grace Boatright, & Roman Krznaric <p>Jim Engster speaks with child abuse survivor Tom North about his book, "True North," and Grace Boatright, Legislative Director of the National Grange talks about non profit organizations with missions to assist rural America and agriculture, and Roman Krznaric, founding faculty member of the The School of Life, discusses his latest book called, "How Should We Live."</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:45:31 +0000 Jim Engster & Jim 22223 at THURSDAY: Raymond Strother, Dr. Denise Reed, & Jeff Kuehny <p>Jim Engster speaks with political consultant, Raymond Strother, and Dr. Denise Reed of the Water Institute of the Gulf about coastal marsh erosion, and Jeff Kuehny of the LSU AgCenter about Arbor Day events.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:41:24 +0000 Jim Engster 21357 at The State of Honey Bees in Louisiana <p class="BodyCopy BodyCopy">Earlier this week Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that creates a "Save the Honeybee" license plate.</p><p class="BodyCopy">But why are honeybees so important?</p><p class="BodyCopy">For that answer WRKF's Ashley Westerman turned to Dr. Tom Rinderer, the researcher leader at the <a href="">USDA Honey Bee Lab</a> here in Baton Rouge. That lab will benefit from the proceeds from license plate.</p><p class="BodyCopy">"Honeybees are absolutely vital to American agriculture, they pollinate in excess of $20-billion worth of crops a year," said Rinderer.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 2276 at The State of Honey Bees in Louisiana Partnership will Educate and Enable Farmers to Restore Wetlands <p><span class="BodyCopy">One scientist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the key to improving our watersheds is educating our farmers. A new partnership between the LDEQ and the state and federal departments of agriculture aims to do just that. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with Jan Boydston, Senior Environmental Scientist at the LDEQ, about the new initiative, which focuses on educating and training farmers in Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion, Catahoula and Tangipahoa parishes.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2277 at Partnership will Educate and Enable Farmers to Restore Wetlands