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After more than two years of an economic slump in Louisiana, a recent report published by the LSU Economics and Policy Research Group shows the number of jobs in Louisiana could reach record numbers by 2020. 

Louisiana shrimpers are facing low prices. They say the business is tougher than it’s ever been, and recently considered striking. Many are looking for creative ways to make more money.

 

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It’s been three years since the Louisiana Legislature approved medical marijuana as a treatment option for certain health conditions. The drug is expected to become available to patients this year, and the number of people who could qualify has grown to about 100,000, after the Legislature expanded the program to include medical conditions like chronic pain and PTSD. 

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In October, the growth of warm season grasses like Saint Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia begin to slow down. Now is a bad time to do things that disrupt the turf, such as filling, aerification, or thatching.

By mid-December, most warm season grasses will be dormant to some extent. Dormancy is important for the survival of grasses when they could be exposed to freezes. This would be a bad time to apply fertilizers high in nitrotgen. Nitrogen will stimulate lucious fall growth, which would make the grass susceptible to cold injury in the winter.

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Teachers across the country, including Washington, Arizona, and West Virginia, are calling for higher pay and in some cases, going on strike.  According to a recent IPSOS/USA Today poll, a majority of Americans don’t think that public school teachers are compensated fairly. The issue is resonating in Louisiana.

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Mealy bugs, aphids, leaf hoppers, and white flies have had all summer to build their populations in your garden. Spider mites can be damaging to many plants too. Year round spray oil or all-seasons oil are low-toxicity pesticides for these pests.

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Louisiana’s casinos and gaming laws got a lot of attention from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers approved a bill to let riverboat casinos move onto land, but a bill that could have paved the way for legal sports betting in the state failed to gain traction. 

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September is an odd month for planting the vegetable garden. It's right between the warm season and the cold season. What do we do?

This is a transition month. This is when we plant some warm season vegetables and some cool season vegetables.

In the early part of the month, we can plant transplants of tomatoes and peppers. We can also plant squash, cucumber, pole beans, snap beans from seed.

Scores of coastal research labs around the U.S. are helping communities plan for sea level rise. But now many are starting to flood themselves, creating a dilemma: stay by the coast and endure expensive flooding, or move inland, to higher ground, but away from their subject of study.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium lab is located along the state's fragile coast, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans. The giant X-shaped building is at the end of a gravel road, surrounded by open water and grassy marshes.

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September is the time when vegetable gardeners anticipate the cool weather to come. Now is the time we focus on planting cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter, and spring.

This is a transitional month, however, and warm season vegetables are still in our garden.

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