What in the Woods is Going On?


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Field days

Aug. 7, Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.
The LSU AgCenter sweet potato field day will be held August 7 at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, beginning with registration at 7:45 a.m.
The program will begin at 8:15 and feature reports from LSU AgCenter scientists on their current research, which will include:
-Potential for using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in agriculture.
-Weed management.
-Equipment demonstration of a modified bulk harvester and vine snapper.
-Insect research.
-Improving foundation seed production.
-Vegetable disease research.
-Optimizing root development and yield potential.
-Nematode management.
-Sweet potato breeding program.
-Industry updates.
-Optimizing production practices for fresh market and processing venues.
Contact Tara Smith, research coordinator, at 318-435-2155 or
tsmith@agcenter.lsu.edu for information concerning the field day, The Sugar Research Station is located on La. Highway 15 in Chase Louisiana.

Oct. 9, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.

Seeking nominations for annual Excellence in Wood Design Award

Texas Forestry Association is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Wood Design Award. First presented in 1967, the Excellence in Wood Design Award has become a symbol of outstanding achievement in project designs using wood and wood products in Texas.
Nominations are open to projects in Texas that have been completed within the last five years that aesthetically utilize wood and/or use wood products structurally.
Awards are given in the following categories: Institutional, Commercial, Residential and Special Projects (such as wooden deck or entertainment area).
For a project application, visit the Texas Forestry Association website at www.texasforestry.org, call (936) 632-TREE or email
A brief physical description of the building or project, a description of the forest products used in construction, and digital photos of the project must accompany the project application.
Texas Forestry Association will
accept applications through July 15, 2014, and the awards will be presented at TFA's 100th Annual Meeting celebration on October 21-23, 2014 in Lufkin.

Woodland Owners Workshop
College Station TX

The long-term plan for a privately-owned estate can be as individualized as the property owner. That includes how the land is managed both now and into the future. Texas A&M Forest Service can help landowners explore options to develop a plan that is right for you.
The state agency that works to conserve and protect the natural resources of the state, including assisting landowners in managing their own piece of Texas, will be featured at the Woodland Owners Workshop
August 14, 2014 in Diboll, Texas.
Agenda items include eminent domain, planning for the future, inheritance and property transfer, and what tools and resources are currently available to property owners for making management decisions."
TFS has a longstanding practice of providing such assistance to landowners.
"One of the best things you can do is plan for your future," TFS Program Coordinator Shane Harrington said. "One of the worst things you can do is leave it up to chance."
Harrington advises that it may be easy to put off estate planning until "later" - but cites "it is the most important way you can preserve your wealth and pass it along to those you care about."
The workshop is free to the public and will be held at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included and continuing education credits are available.
Please RSVP by Aug. 8 to Shane Harrington at 936-546-1470 or sharrington@tfs.tamu.edu .

Louisiana Forestry Association 67th annual Meeting

Forestry's future, see where it's growing. August 26-28, 2014. Sam's Town Hotel & Casino Shereveport, LA.
For more information 318-443-2558 or email
jtompkins@laforestry.com or www.laforestry.com

"Who Will Own the Forest? 10". Portland OR
Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) will once again host an event in conjunction with "Who Will Own the Forest? 10". This one-day event,
September 16th, will feature industry-leading economists from Forest Economic Advisors addressing a wide range of hot-button topics as well as a variety of outside experts offering their views on the most important issues facing stakeholders in the industry.
Discussion topics are:
- Trade, Transportation, and the Taper: Three Key Trends that Will Determine the Shape of the Recovery in Wood Products Markets
- The Economy is Mending, So Why is the Housing Sector Still Sputtering?
- Will the Fed Kill Off the Recovery When It Takes Its Foot Off the Gas Pedal?
- Domestic or export log markets - which will have the greatest impact on near-term log prices?
- Global Lumber Demand Growth Has Slowed.Is the Super-Cycle in Jeopardy?
- Is the ELP Industry Going Global?
- Wood Panel Producers Respond to a Slow Demand Recovery
- Will the EPA's Proposed Carbon Emission Standards Boost the Prospects for the Wood Biomass Sector? World Forestry Center, Portland OR

Southern Region Master Gardener ConferenceBaton Rouge

More than 500 gardeners from throughout the southeast are expected in Baton Rouge for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference Oct. 21-24.
Gardening enthusiasts have been invited to hear speakers on a wide range of topics focused on plants, according to Donna Montgomery, publicity chair for the event.
"The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is hosting this conference, which will be based at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at College Drive and I-10," Montgomery said. "The theme for this year's conference is Sharing Our Southern Roots."
Because anyone interested in gardening may register for the conference, Montgomery is encouraging attendees to invite a spouse or a friend.
A Southern garden marketplace will be open throughout the conference for participants to see and buy new and established plant products from associated businesses.
"There will be product displays from horticulture vendors and participants will tour many local landmarks and well-known sights of interest," she said.
Tours will include guided excursions to Imahara's Botanical Garden and Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation and The Myrtles, Houmas House Plantation, Burden Museum and Gardens, Hammond Research Station, a Cajun night at White Oak Plantation featuring Cajun food and music, a tour of Manchac Swamp and lunch at Frenier Landing.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include:
- Marcelle Bienvenu, researcher and consultant on Creole and Acadian cooking and author of "Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? and Can You Make a Roux?," talking about her personal culinary journey.
- Mary Palmer Dargan will speak on healing the earth one garden at a time; Norman Winter focusing on the color presentation in your garden each season.
- Joe Lamp'l giving the "dirt" on healthy soil.
- Douglas Tallamy explaining how to bring nature home.
Also on the agenda are 24 breakout sessions where presenters will give information on a wide range of topics from hummingbirds, butterflies and natural habitats to choosing the right plants and your cooking style, Montgomery said.
"Conference registration can be done only online at the conference website," Montgomery said. "
Early registration is open now and ends on July 15."
More information about speakers and their topics, tours and registration is available at the conference website


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