In southwest Louisiana, salt water is contaminating surface water making rice farming difficult. Winter rainfall helped alleviate the problem. But as Tobie Blanchard tells us in this report from the LSU Agcenter, regular rains must continue to solve it.
Louisiana ranks third in overall rice production with about 540-thousand acres. Most of that is long-grain rice. Arkansas leads in rice production with about 1.8 million acres planted.
We've heard the projections about the global population, 9 billion people by the year 2050. The United Nations says food production must increase 70% to feed those people. Farm director Al Pell discusses the future of American agriculture in analysis.
The old west ran on horse power and wagon wheels. Today it’s still relatively easy to find somewhere to get that horse shoed, but tracking down someone to fix a round wooden wheel---well that's more of a challenge. Thank goodness, our buddy Cliff Naylor from Agday affiliate KFYR found someone who can still make an old wagon run.
OPERATION MILITARY KIDS:
As we celebrate Memorial Day, we need to remember the sacrifices made by our military. It’s also a time to support the families of our troops. There's a program for children called 'Operation Military Kids' - and in Tennessee, the 4-h conducts a special OMK camp. In this report provided by the University of Tennessee, Chuck Denney says most of the camping experience was in the kitchen. Tennessee 4-H has partnered with the national OMK program since 2008. Last year it reached more than 4,000 children of our military.
Most of us tend to think of our tonsils like we do our appendix--not really sure what purpose it serves, so if it’s causing problems--take it out. Thanks to new research however, that attitude is changing. It turns out tonsils may be more important than doctors thought. Researchers say more studies are needed but do believe this new source of T-cells could help in the research of diseases like Arthritis, Lymphoma, even Aids.