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Newsroom: 2011

Researchers Study Agricultural Business
The Advocate, August 14, 2011

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.
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Researchers Hope to Improve Efficiency of Restoration Spending
Coastal Clips, Winter 2011

Louisiana Sea Grant researchers are working on a project to help maximize the return on dollars for coastal restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico. These critical ecosystems are slated for billions of dollars in restoration spending in coming years as state and federal programs address a myriad of impacts resulting from population growth, coastal development, climate variability and natural and manmade disasters.
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Savolainen Honored with Schmied Award
Coastal Clips, Winter 2011

Louisiana Sea Grant-sponsored graduate student Michelle Savolainen is the 2011 recipient of the Ron Schmied Memorial Scholarship Award. Savolainen was to accept the award at the 64th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, in November and present her research paper titled “The Recreational For-Hire Sector in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: Structural and Economic Observations from the Third Decadal Survey.” However, Hurricane Rina prevented her from accepting the award in person.
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Caffey Named Sea Grant Extension Director
(Louisiana Sea Grant Newsroom, July 20 , 2011) 

Rex H. Caffey is Louisiana Sea Grant’s (LSG) new director of Marine Extension. He had served as interim Extension director since December 2010.

“Rex is a natural for this position,” said Chuck Wilson, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program executive director. “He understands the importance of Extension to Sea Grant’s mission, he’s demonstrated his leadership abilities countless times, and he knows the job.
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Sea Grant Helps Communities Prepare for Rising Seas
(Louisiana Sea Grant Newsroom, June 30, 2011)

Levees and other flood control structures pro­vide Louisiana’s coastal communities with one line of defense against tropical storms. With the prospect of sea level rise and other climatic changes by the end of this century, the cities and parishes with a wider array of armaments stand a better chance of combating and mitigating future natural hazards.

A multi-disciplined team from Louisiana Sea Grant is helping local policy makers – beginning with the City of Mandeville, located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain – better fortify and prepare their communities.

“Some people on the North Shore and South Shore believe that Hurricane Katrina is the end all be all of storms – that it was a once in a lifetime kind of event. However, models show that it could be much worse under different circumstances,” stressed Melissa Daigle, with LSG’s Law & Policy Program. 
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Daigle Elected to Sustainable Community Development Group
(Coastal Clips, Spring 2011)

Melissa Daigle, legal coordinator for the Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program, was elected the new Gulf of Mexico regional representative to the Sustainable Coastal Community Development (SCCD) Executive Committee in January. Sustainable coastal development is one of four focus areas for National and LouisianaSea Grant.
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