Mike Strain

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain with the latest on the impact of tariffs on Louisiana farmers and the cultivation of marijuana in Louisiana. Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea on the next move by Congressional Democrats after Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s testimony last week before two U.S. House Committees.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain comments on the state of the state’s largest industry with an update on marijuana in Louisiana. Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Tyler Bridges assesses the legacy of John Alario, who has toiled 48 years in the Louisiana Legislature. Matt and Donna Saurage of Community Coffee preview an LPB documentary about 100 years of success for the Baton Rouge company.

Wallis Watkins

Rice is one of Louisiana's signature agricultural products. But it’s more than just the base for gumbos and étouffées - it’s an economic driver across the state. So lawmakers in Louisiana recently passed a bill aimed at protecting the industry by defining what is rice and what isn't. 

Originating from the 97th Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Convention in New Orleans, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain surveys the state of farming in the state, and Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson looks back on 30 years at the helm of his 137,000 member organization and his continuing service as an LSU Board of Supervisors member. 

Wallis Watkins

Soybeans are a $700-million dollar industry in Louisiana.  It’s the second largest row crop industry, just behind sugar cane. So when China imposed a tax on imported soybeans, it put a financial strain on farmers across the state. 

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Louisiana plants more soybean per acre than any other row crop in the state. Last month, China introduced a tariff on American soybeans, making them 25% more expensive for Chinese buyers. The move was a response to tariffs announced by President Trump on Chinese goods. How will the soybean tariff impact Louisiana farmers? 

Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain discusses passage of the Farm Bill and the implications of a trade war. Tyler Bridges of The Advocate updates the budget impasse at the Capitol. Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana Bureau, comments on his 30th year as head of the 143,000 member group.

  Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain on his recent farming tour with Governor John Bel Edwards and prospects for trade with Cuba. WAFB anchorwoman Donna Britt on plans for the holidays. LSU Music Professors Brian Shaw and Bill Grimes on their performances next week at the Manship Theatre. 

On today's program live from the Louisiana Farm Bureau convention, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain addresses agricultural topics, including trade with Cuba and the sugar industry and its response to trade with Mexico.

Medical Marijuana Program Update

Apr 28, 2017
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“We’re going to make sure this is one of damn securest facilities there is in the state,” LSU Ag Center Chancellor Bill Richardson said Thursday, as he gave lawmakers a progress update on Louisiana’s medical marijuana program.