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The Dorcheat SWCD announces its annual tree seedling sale at its office in Minden, La. The group offers a variety of fruit, hardwood, and ornamental trees.
For information, contact Connie M. Kyles, District Secretary. Dorcheat SWCD, 216 B Broadway Street, Minden, LA. 71055, or call 318-377-3950 Extension 3.

35th annual AgExpo

Expo Applications are now being accepted for exhibit space in AG EXPO, scheduled for January 13-14, 2017, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, LA. Each year, 10,000 to 12,000 attend from throughout adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States.
The show will feature products and educational seminars to interest the large farmer and the backyard gardener. Whether you want to see the animals, learn about a new product or just enjoy the fun, it's an educational and fun event for the entire family.
Ag Expo 2017 will feature a return ofthe popular horse exhibition with more breeds and more demonstrations of horsemanship, the newest products and services for agriculture producers and related businesses, educational displays and programs for the public, a Jr. Livestock show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials (featuring Border Collies), and educational seminars for specific interests.
Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, LA Tech University, LA Cattlemen's Association and Monsanto. Additional information, including exhibitor applications and event schedules, can be found at
www.agexpo.org or call 318.355.2495.

2017 Ag Expo Forestry Forum

• West Monroe
Timber and taxes are among the topics to be presented at the 2017 Ag Expo Forestry Forum slated for
Jan. 13 at the West Monroe Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council.
"The LSU AgCenter strives annually to put together an informative event based on our clientele feedback and input.This year is no exception, with a wide range of topics that will interest landowners managing for timber production, wildlife and overall forest health," said Luke Stamper, LSU AgCenter agent in Catahoula Parish and event coordinator.
The program will feature an in-depth look at current timber marketing issues for small forest landowners, tax updates, managing forests for wildlife and benefits of NRCS cost share programs, pine forest pest signs and solutions, herbicide options, feral hog control and forestry industry updates.
Speakers will include AgCenter experts and representatives from U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Louisiana Forestry Association and industry.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. Individuals who attend will qualify for four Continuing Logger Education hours (CLE) and 3.5 Continuing Forester Education (CFE) hours.
Early registration is $15 by Jan. 6 and includes admission for one to the Ag Expo event held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. Admission is $20 at the door the day of the forum.
For registration information, contact Luke Stamper at
lstamper@agcenter.lsu.edu , 818-744-5442 or 318-805-8819 (cellphone). Checks should be made payable to Catahoula ANR and sent to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 160, Harrisonburg, LA 71340.

Gardening Seminar

•West Monroe LA

Fresh foods from farm to table is the focus of the Ag Expo Gardening Seminar set for Jan. 14 at the West Monroe Convention Center.
The seventh annual gardening event is held in conjunction with Ag Expo 2017 and sponsored by the LSU AgCenter Northeast Louisiana Master Gardner program and the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council.
Keynote speaker Judy Barrett is the founding editor and publisher of the online magazine "Homegrown: Good Sense Organic" and will present information from her newest book, "Easy Edibles: How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food."
The author of several gardening books, Barrett holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously was editor of "The New Garden Journal" and one of the hosts of the public television series "The New Garden."
David Young will discuss feeding those in need through community-based gardening. Young is founder of Capstone, a nonprofit organization begun in the New Orleans following hurricane Katrina that grows and shares food at no or reduced cost.
Capstone currently operates 24 community gardens and orchards in the lower 9th Ward and has expanded to include 2 acres in Plaquemines Parish.
John Cotton Dean, director of regional innovation for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, will speak on building a community food movement from the ground up.
Dean has worked on local food and rural development initiatives in California, Oregon, Iowa and Louisiana, and has more than 10 years of research and professional experience focusing on developing food policy councils and rural economic development.
Registration begins 7:30 a.m., and the program will end at noon. Admission is $20. Preregistration is preferred, but participants may pay at the door.
Registration with checks made payable to NELAMG should be mailed to NELAMG, attention Ag Expo Gardening Seminar, 704 Cypress St., West Monroe, LA 71291.
For seminar information, contact the LSU AgCenter at 318-323-2251.


• Bossier City LA

The LSU AgCenter will host three workshops in early 2017 to help educate farmers, agriculture consultants and other industry professionals about sustainable irrigation practices for row crops.
Each of the daylong workshops will include presentations by experts from the LSU AgCenter, the Southern University Ag Center and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. They will also feature panel discussions by farmers about their irrigation experiences.
Dates and locations are as follows:
Jan. 17, LSU AgCenter Red River Research Station, Bossier City.

- Jan. 25, LSU AgCenter Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center, Winnsboro.

- Feb. 14, LSU AgCenter Avoyelles Parish extension office, Marksville.
People who want to attend a workshop should register online at
www.lsuagcenterwater.eventbrite.com . Hotel expenses and lunch are included.
The workshops are made possible by a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions can be emailed to

Texas Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop

Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association will host the Texas Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop on Tuesday February 7, 2017. The daylong workshop will provide basic information about timber taxation and the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2016 tax return preparations.
Topics will focus on federal timber income tax issues for private forest owners with a refresher on local timberland property tax incentives. Participants will gain a clear understanding of commonly misunderstood timber tax issues.
The workshop will be held at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll, TX beginning at 8:00 a.m. There is a $75 registration fee which includes a workbook, catered lunch and refreshments. More information about the workshop and/or to register online please visit
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/taxworkshop/ or contact Marion Broughton by calling (979) 458-6630 or email at mbroughton@tfs.tamu.edu

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