Researchers study agricultural business

Two LSU AgCenter researchers received more than $87,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support economic opportunities for agricultural producers and businesses.

Matt Fannin, an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter’s department of agricultural economics and agribusiness, was awarded $56,815 for investigating the economics of cotton transportation from production fields to cotton gins.

Pam Hodson, a professor in AgCenter communication, received $30,511 to survey school lunch directors in pilot parishes to determine the demand for locally produced agricultural and fishery products.

Fannin’s two-year project will identify cost savings associated with alternative cotton harvest and transportation options and identify new technology to improve efficiency in the marketing supply chain for cotton in the mid-South.

Hodson’s program will assess the capacity of local farmers and fisherman to fulfill the demand and train local producers on the use of Louisiana MarketMaker, an online marketing system, and other resources that will help producers identify new marketing opportunities.

Seminar on medical treatment schedule

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation will hold a seminar Friday to provide information on the state’s new Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment Schedule that went into effect July 13.

The seminar will 9 a.m.-noon in the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Auditorium at 7901 Independence Blvd.

The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment Schedule represents a major change in the way decisions are made about medical treatment for injured workers.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to review the medical treatment schedule before the seminar. The information can be found online at

BibJib company starts in Houma

BibJib Inc. has been started in Houma.

The BibJib is a semi-circular ring with a slit in it for securing any square napkin, paper, cloth or plastic to help protect clothes from accidents.

Founders are sisters Rita Orr Fulcher, chief executive offider; Diane Orr McCandless, vice president and marketing director; and brother Max Orr, chief financial officer.

BibJib’s target market includes restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals and the general public. The BibJib with napkin sells for $5 and without the napkin for $3.

The website is and phone number is (985) 688-5457.

Study looks into soybean yield

The LSU AgCenter is looking at best management options to maximize soybean yield in Louisiana with help from a grant from the United Soybean Board.

Findings from the first two years of the three-year study showed the management practices that consistently led to high yield over the period included narrow row spacing, seed treatment and seeding rate.

The three-year, multi-state grant includes collaborators from Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota.

James Board, of the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, is the project leader for Louisiana. LSU agronomist Theophilus Udeigwe is conducting research at the AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph, along with locations at Crowley, Baton Rouge and Macon Ridge.

SU selected for fossil energy competition

The Department of Energy has selected Southern University as one of the four institutions in an annual competition for fossil energy research ideas from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority institutions.

The Department of Energy will provide $200,000 to Southern and Shizhong Yang, a computational scientist in Southern’s Department of Computer Science. Students and faculty will investigate projects dealing with fossil fuel power systems.

LUBA receives ‘A-Excellent’ rating

Rating agency A.M. Best Co. has affirmed an “A-Excellent” rating for the financial strength of LUBA Workers’ Comp.

LUBA covers more than 130,000 employees through 4,800 policyholders that generate more than $70 million in written premiums.

Marketing firm moves, expands

Prescriptive Marketing has expanded and relocated to new offices at 1304 Bertrand Drive, Suite B3, in Lafayette.

The company was founded in 2004 and has grown from a local, individually operated marketing firm to one with clients in more than 30 markets. Debbey Ryan is the chief executive officer.