Agriculture

Louisiana considers solar farm regulations as crop farmers voice concerns

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Jim Simon's name. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing Tuesday to...

Louisiana courts energy startup that converts sugar cane waste to biofuel

A company that turns sugar cane waste into a green biofuel is considering building a $70 million renewable energy facility in Iberia Parish, and...

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant...

WASHINGTON—Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has...

Legislation to slow down solar development advances in Louisiana Legislature

Two pieces of legislation that could slow solar development in Louisiana moved forward at the State Capitol Wednesday. A House resolution and Senate bill...

Louisiana House votes to decriminalize marijuana statewide

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 68-25 to decriminalize the possession of modest amounts of marijuana across the state, removing the possibility of facing...

Cypress tree legislation clears House committee

A bill that would give added protection to cypress trees growing on public property cleared a House committee on Thursday and will move to...

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget...

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition progrmas in the president’s budget request, as well...

Cypress tree legislation would ban harvesting on public property

The cypress tree, one of Louisiana’s most cherished icons, is disappearing at an alarming rate, but a bill introduced in the Louisiana House of...

U.S. Senate Agriculture panel approves Vilsack as Ag secretary in bipartisan...

WASHINGTON—The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Tom Vilsack’s nomination to lead USDA, after a hearing in which Vilsack discussed climate change goals...

Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of confirmation...

WASHINGTON—Tom Vilsack, the president’s pick to lead the Agriculture Department, will likely face questions about his treatment of Black farmers and his record on...

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