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Cornell University geneticist Susan McCouch works with Diane Wang and Sandy Harrington to collect leaf tissue from rice plants grown at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station near Crowley. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Researchers bring back rice ‘ancestors’

The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is collaborating with a Cornell University-based project aimed at studying the ancestors of what became the modern rice plant.

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LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh, left, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry seed program director Lester Cannon and LSU AgCenter economist Mike Deliberto participate in a panel discussion on industrial hemp during the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council annual conference Dec. 6. (Photo by Karol Osborne/LSU AgCenter)

Farmers hear challenges of growing hemp

Industrial hemp is gaining interest as farmers explore the potential for increased profits from growing hemp varieties used for fiber, seed and cannabidiol, or CBD, oil.


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