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Plant materials conference

A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals has been set for Dec. 5 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge.
Presented by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, the program will feature a variety of presentations by LSU AgCenter experts and industry professionals, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
The program will include a review of new plants for 2015 from Robert "Buddy" Lee with PDSI in Loxley, Alabama; Michele Andre with Ball Horticulture in Jefferson, Louisiana, and Jack O'Donnell with Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minnesota. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill will present information on Louisiana Super Plants for 2015, and Owings will report on the California spring trials.
Louisiana licensed landscape architects will receive four CEUs for attending the entire program.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 2 p.m. Registration is $30 per person, and attendance is limited to the first 70 individuals with paid registrations by Nov. 24.
More information and registration forms are available from Owings at 985-543-4125, 225-603-8096 (cellphone) or
The Botanic Gardens at Burden is located off Interstate 10 at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

AG EXPO 2015

Applications are now being accepted for exhibit space in AG EXPO 2015, scheduled for January 16 and 17, 2015, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, LA.
Deadline for entry is December 19th.
Each year, more than 10,000 attend from throughout Louisiana and adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States.
This year's Ag Expo will add educational seminars on the trade show floor both days, featuring beef preparation presented by the Beef Industry's Chef Dave Zino, Equine Nutrition compliments of Cargill Feed & Nutrition, and more.
Attendees will also see the newest products and services for agriculture producers and related businesses, educational displays, a Jr. Livestock show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials, featuring Border Collies, a Miniature Cow Show and the fun and educational Ag Alley and Mini-Farm organized by LSU AgCenter.
Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council.


Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association are organizing a conference on January 28, 2015 titled "Mapping the Course: Timberlands, Forest Products Processing and Energy Issues for 2015."
The conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, located near Portland, Oregon's airport.
The one-day conference features in-depth discussions and analysis on forest products market challenges, opportunities, threats and issues in Western North America for 2014 and beyond. Industry experts and analysts from the US and Canada will address topics such as:
- Strategic issues for timberland owners in 2015.
- Where will the wood come from? Timber supply in the US Northwest and beyond.
- British Columbia wood supply and demand in 2015.
- Perspectives from the paper, lumber and biomass sectors in Western North America.
- Evolving lumber economics and wood quality in British Columbia.
- The US Northwest hardwood industry.
- Forest products ocean freight and port update.
- Sustainability and certification influences on the forest products sector.
- Navigating the export landscape: China in 2015 and beyond.
- Global market drivers affecting Western US and Western Canada\par }{\plain To register, go to the Western Forest Industry Conference 2015.


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