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A shelter made of plastic sheeting covers the roots of loblolly pine trees to keep out moisture at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station in Homer. Forestry researcher Michael Blazier is artificially imposing drought on these trees to study how they respond to such conditions. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

AgCenter forestry researcher studying ways to lessen drought effects

Pine trees are an important natural resource in Louisiana. They fuel the state’s multibillion-dollar timber industry, provide habitat for wildlife and are a defining element of the landscape.

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Cornell University geneticist Susan McCouch works with Diane Wang and Sandy Harrington to collect leaf tissue from rice plants grown at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station near Crowley. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Researchers bring back rice ‘ancestors’

The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is collaborating with a Cornell University-based project aimed at studying the ancestors of what became the modern rice plant.

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LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh, left, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry seed program director Lester Cannon and LSU AgCenter economist Mike Deliberto participate in a panel discussion on industrial hemp during the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council annual conference Dec. 6. (Photo by Karol Osborne/LSU AgCenter)

Farmers hear challenges of growing hemp

Industrial hemp is gaining interest as farmers explore the potential for increased profits from growing hemp varieties used for fiber, seed and cannabidiol, or CBD, oil.

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