The LSU AgCenter has launched a two-year comparative organic tomato study that will be a major topic at the upcoming Farm to Table International Symposium in New Orleans.

For the study, the AgCenter planted vegetable gardens in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport to evaluate commercial fertilizers over organic types in vegetable gardening, to monitor disease and to study the microbial qualities of irrigation water over the growing season. Researchers are growing Bella Rosa tomatoes, multiple varieties of bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, banana peppers, sweet basil, sage, parsley and watermelons.

Its interim findings report will be issued at the symposium.

The SoFAB Institute is joining the LSU AgCenter as a co-producer of the F2Ti event.

The institute documents and celebrates the food and drink of our unique southern culture through exhibits, programming and media. An umbrella organization, it encompasses the SoFAB Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture, the SoFAB Culinary Library & Archive, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the Museum of the American Cocktail and SoFAB Media. On Sept. 29, the organization will cut the ribbon on a new, 30,000-square-foot space at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, site of the former Dryades Market.