February 25, 2011

Springtime crawfish pond management powerpoint is above for those who were not able to make any of the meetings this week. Other issues included Nuisance wildlife control.
However, a majority of the meetings were centered around answering questions from producers as wella s obtaining feedback specifically related to the needs of local producers.
I would like to thank everyone for attending this week.


Meetings today

February 21, 2011

Reminder: we will be meeting with producers today from 1-3 in Opelousas and 6-8 in Ville Platte to discuss information related to crawfish production and to answer your questions. See you there.



February 7, 2011

Tomorrow we will be having a public meeting at Mansura, LA in Avoylles Parish. This will be held at the extension office from 9 am until 11 am.  There will be other meetings to discuss production and to get answers to your questions in the next few weeks in varous locations. Please plan to attend and contribute to the group.



February Meetings

January 18, 2011

Next month, we will be holding meetings in various locations around the area. This will be an opportunity to get questions answered as well as to interact with other producers in your area. Please feel free to join us at any you choose:

>February 8           Avoyelles             Mansura             Avoyelles Extension Office, Mansura, LA                                                               9 AM- 11 AM
February 21         St. Landry            Opelousas           St. Landry Extension Office Opelousas, LA                                                              1 PM – 3 PM
February 21         Evangeline          Ville Platte           Evangeline Parish Extension Office, 230 Court Street  Ville Platte, LA 70586       6 PM – 8 PM
February 22         Jeff Davis             Jennings               Jeff Davis Parish Extension Office, 1105 W Port Street, Abbeville, LA 70510     6 PM – 8 PM
February 22         Lafourche            Raceland             Lafourche Agricultural Building Raceland, LA                                                        6 PM – 8 PM
February 24         Vermilion             Abbeville              Vermilion Parish Extension Office,  1105 W Port Street, Abbeville, LA 70510     6 PM – 8 PM

Also, if you have any suggestions or topics of interest, please let me know.

See you there,


Many harvesting

December 28, 2010

I have seen many harvesting now.  Thankful that the extreme cold has remained mostly to the Northeast, it seems that many have decided to start harvesting in full swing. The weather this week has been extremely cold overnight and warming up during the day. This should not cause problems with the crawfish as you are pulling traps. Cold weather will tend to slow them down, but it seems to be getting warmer during the day. With this cycle, I think we will be ok. I hope everyone was able to spend quality time with his family and a happy new year is around the corner.

Until next time,


Newsletter information

December 13, 2010

Good morning,

This week you will be receiving an email with a link to a survey measuring your opinion on the newsletter that we currently distribute. Your input is valuable for us to make sure information you are interested in reading is in these newsletters. Currently, we distribute a newsletter every month during peak season and this year a longer version in June. I hope this has been helpful to you this year and hope we can improve to meet your needs.

Weather trends

November 29, 2010

As usual, we are seeing weather trends go from warm to cold as Autumn ends and “Winter” begins. Many producers have started harvesting and I have not heard of many problems at this time. The brief cold spells are not likely to harm production right now. Last year was blamed for late production because of prolonged periods of cold weather, but I would not worry about that right now. So far this season seems to be starting up with no significant drawbacks related to weather patterns. Remember to check out the November newsletter and keep an eye out for the December edition real soon.



November Newsletter

November 15, 2010

Be sure to check out the November newsletter:


It seems as though we have been getting some spotty showers the past 2 weeks. This is a lot better than a one time flooding or the drought we have been experiencing. Allow this water to flush fields and try to minimize pumping by using this water to do the flushing for you. However, if the water is held and sits for a period of time, it may increase decomposing plant life to lower the oxygen (More rapidly in warmer weather than cooler). Make sure to watch the water quality this time of the year. If we lost the crawfish in ponds now, the rest of the season will definitely be adversly affected.

The 2010 Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board (LCPRB) Check-off Referendum will be held at all LSU AgCenter parish Extension Service offices on Nov. 10, 2010, to reauthorize assessments on artificial bait and crawfish sacks (bags). The referendum, authorized by Act 679 of 1983 and Acts 330 and 492 of 1985 of the Louisiana Legislature, was created to determine the sentiment of Louisiana crawfish producers as to whether they favor an assessment: of one-quarter of one cent (1/4 cent) per pound on all artificial crawfish bait sold within Louisiana on each sack used to package live crawfish in the amount of one cent for each sack holding less than 25 pounds of crawfish of two cents for each sack holding 25 pounds or more. By law, the funds generated from the check-off are spent to promote Louisiana crawfish, for research on crawfish production and to provide educational information about crawfish and its nutritional value. The LCPRB administers the funds, which usually range from $80,000 to $100,000 per year. Board members represent producers of farmed crawfish, wild crawfish fishermen, crawfish processors, crawfish bait suppliers, retail outlet and restaurant owners, the Louisiana Farm Bureau and landowners engaged in crawfish production. Persons who purchase artificial crawfish bait or crawfish sacks may obtain a refund of the assessment by written request to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry with copies of receipts or invoices showing the amount of artificial bait or bags purchased. The LCPRB’s authority to collect fees on bait and sacks must be reauthorized every five years. For the past 25 years, the LSU AgCenter has helped the industry carry out these referenda by allowing producers to cast their ballots at LSU AgCenter parish extension offices. The AgCenter has agreed to assist the crawfish industry with this activity again, and with input from the LCPRB the Nov. 10, 2010 date has been designated for voting.

Letter from LDAF

October 26, 2010

Louisiana aquaculture producers with recorded losses associated with high feed inputs during the 2009 calendar may qualify for financial aid under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry expects to receive $484,260 and is currently devising a process to allocate these funds.

Meetings are being scheduled to explain the guidelines of the program and to assist the farmers in the application process.  Therefore, we recommend that you take the time to attend one of the three meetings.  If you absolutely can not attend any of the scheduled meetings, we will make the application and guidelines available to the general public, as soon as possible, on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry website.  This site can be accessed at www.ldaf.state.la.us.  The link to the application and guidelines can be accessed on the home page through the link entitled 2009 Aquaculture Grant Program (AGP).

Federal guidelines for the program require that feed costs for eligible aquaculture species must be at least 25 percent of the total production costs. Eligible species in Louisiana include:  catfish, turtles, baitfish, tilapia and crawfish. Producers will be required to demonstrate that their 2009 feed costs are 25 percent or more than the 5-year average.

In an effort to expedite the application process, below is a list of documentation that will be required to be eligible for the 2009 Aquaculture Grant Program (AGP).

  1. W-9


  1. 2009 Feed Tonnage Report


  1. Certification letter from the feed mill certifying tons purchased in 2009 and the average feed price paid by the aquaculture producer in the 2009 calendar year.


  1. Feed tonnage report for May through August 2010


  1. Producers that are NOT individuals will be required to establish a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) or update an existing DUNS number.  This can be done at www.dnb.com.


  1. Producers that are NOT individuals are also required to register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database or update and existing registration with CCR www.ccr.gov.


The meeting schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 9:00 a.m.

Catahoula-LaSalle Bank Conference Room

301 Mound Street, Jonesville

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 1:30 p.m..

LSU AgCenter

Scott Center

212A Macon Ridge Road
Winnsboro, LA

Thursday, November 4, 2010 – 6:00pm

            Acadia Parish Extension Office

157 Cherokee Drive
Crowley, LA

Always know that we at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are here to serve you.  If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Carrie Castille at 225-922-1234 or ccastille@ldaf.state.la.us.  We look forward to seeing you at the meetings.