OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Agriculture is one of Louisiana’s major industries. But while we know a lot about the rice, sugar cane and cattle farms around the state, there are other types of farms and aspects of farming you may not be so familiar with. For example, bees and crickets!
David Fluker is a second gerneration cricket farmer. David owns and operates Fluker Farms, a Port Allen based family farm company that grows live crickets and sells literally millions of live crickets very year to customers around the country. These crickets are traditionally fed to pets. But Fluker Farms is changing that. They're moving into breeding and selling crickets for human consumption.
Bob Danka is a research leader and research entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Baton Rouge Bee Lab, who specializes in the behavior and management of Africanized honey bees, honey bee behavior related to crop pollination, and the genetically based resistance of bees to mites, which as you may know, are very bad for the bee population. Bob has been working in this field since the late 1970s and is stationed at the Baton Rouge Bee Station, one of the Capital Region’s best-kept screts.