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Before any country can be a great nation it must first be a nation great in agriculture. It is imperative that we have the best department of agriculture and forestry in order to ensure that our food is safe, our fiber production is among the best and our animals are strong and healthy. I am optimistic and results-oriented about the continued progress of our department and remain dedicated to this duty.

We have great opportunities to work together to help our farmers, rural communities, and urban citizens remain productive, profitable, and health through effective policy and leadership. I look forward to serving another term as your Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry and continue my commitment to growing Louisiana agriculture one farmer at a time.

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  • 07.05.2015

    Strain Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

    Strain Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee Urges a streamlined and expedited H2-B process May 7, 2015 Baton Rouge, La. (May 7, 2015) Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., traveled to our nation’s capital Wednesday, May 6,  to testify at a hearing before the U.S.…


  • 24.03.2015

    USDA Designates Natural Disaster Areas: Contiguous Louisiana Parishes Included

    Baton Rouge, La. (March 23, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared these parishes contiguous natural disaster areas: East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa. Washington Parish was also declared a disaster area in three unrelated events. Under these designations, qualified producers in…


  • 12.03.2015

    USDA Detects Avian Influenza: Strain urges bird owners to maintain biosecurity

    Baton Rouge, La. (March 11, 2015) –The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (AI) in commercial turkey flocks in Pope County, Minnesota, also in Jasper and Moniteau Counties…


  • 20.02.2015

    Allen Parish couple arrested for multiple forestry equipment theft charges

    Baton Rouge, La. (February 20, 2015) – An Allen Parish couple is charged with six counts each of forestry equipment theft and one count each of simple criminal damage to property. Investigators say Joey Ganson, 34, was already in jail on unrelated charges. He was…


  • 19.02.2015

    Annual LDAF Shade Tree Sale Dates Set

    February 19, 2015 Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 19, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold its annual shade tree sale on various dates throughout the state, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. “Our orchard-grown hardwood and pine seedlings are descended from…


  • 18.02.2015

    Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Louisiana

    February 18, 2015 Baton Rouge, La. (February 18, 2015) – The emerald ash borer, a severe insect pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Webster Parish making Louisiana the 25th state to confirm the presence of this beetle. Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a…


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