Takunrat Taksima, a doctoral student from Kasetsart University in Thailand, is spending a year at the LSU AgCenter studying the antiaging effects of the chemical astaxanthin, which is derived from crawfish shells. She is working in Subramanian Sathivel’s laboratory, where several projects are looking at deriving benefits from various parts of crawfish. Photo by Tobie Blanchard/LSU AgCenter

More than meat: LSU AgCenter researcher sees benefit in all parts of crawfish

BATON ROUGE — An LSU AgCenter researcher is working on ways to add value to the Louisiana crawfish crop. Tail meat is the main reason farmers raise crawfish, but Subramaniam Sathivel sees benefits in the entire crustacean.
Sathivel, an AgCenter food processing and engineering professor, is working on a minced meat made from undersized crawfish, which have low economic value. Sathivel is also helping a local crawfish farmer start a crawfish minced meat company.

Vermilion Mayors meeting with Gov. Edwards

Earlier this summer, Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed funding for several constructions projects around the state.
That included all capital outlay projects in Vermilion Parish that are funded by House Bill 2.
Mayors from each municipality in Vermilion Parish will travel to Baton Rouge Monday to meet with Edwards, in hopes of getting a better understanding on the Governor’s stance on the future of the projects.

Vermilion Parish School board member calls police on another school board member

The Abbeville Police were called to the central office after a Vermilion Parish School Board Meeting.
The police were called to the central office about 10 minutes after Thursday’s school board meeting had concluded.
The person who made the phone call to the police was school board member Sara Duplechain. She called the police at 6:28 p.m. and issued a complaint against school board member Anthony Fontana.
Duplechain issued a statement to the Meridional about what occurred.

Economic Development Director Anne Falgout discusses “Keep it Local, Vermilion.”

‘Keep it Local, Vermilion’

People often hear the idea of buying local.
It’s an idea meant to help local businesses and drive the local economy.
While patronizing local stores is an important part of the process, the idea of “keeping it local” is more than shopping.
Vermilion Economic Development Alliance Executive (VEDA) Director Anne Falgout highlighted that in promoting the new initiative, “Keep it Local, Vermilion.” She spoke last week to members of the Kiwanis Club of Abbeville.


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