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Burden Museum & Gardens activities

• Baton Rouge
As summer heats up in south Louisiana, Burden Museum & Gardens offers many activities to help people enjoy the changing season.
Special summertime events to remember:

On Saturday,
June 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. the Children's Garden Series at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens will present "Frog and Toad: Learn how to create miniature gardens to entice frogs and toads to your yard." Children ages 6-10 can participate in fun, interactive activities and learn about gardening. An adult must accompany each child. Children will receive snacks and garden take-home crafts. Attendance is limited to 15. Admission is $15 per child.

Monday, June 27, to Friday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, the Rural Life Museum will conduct the Rural Life Apprentice Program. Louisiana artisans will teach children traditional folk arts such as candlemaking, weaving, blacksmithing and other 19th century activities. Open to children entering the fourth through eighth grades. Advanced registration is required. Camp fee is $100 per child.

Located at 4560 Essen Lane, just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, Burden Museum & Gardens is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens.
The LSU Rural Life Museum focuses on the ways of life of rural Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also provides educational and research resources that advance an understanding of the material and cultural heritage of the region.

Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana meeting

The Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana will hold its regular meeting on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of The First United Methodist Church Ringgold, located on us Highway 371 just north of the stop light right next to the Rocket Funeral Home and across the street from Dollar General.
The meeting will feature a presentation on preparing your hives for the Summer, feeding requirements, hive inspections and possible Summer Harvest, selling your honey in local Farmer's markets and other venues open for selling, Wild plant collecting, what types to increase your honey flow.
The program features a beginning Beekeepers discussion, and taking questions from new beekeepers. The Club is also open to crafters who want to make products from honey, bees wax, and different ways to sale your products. Refreshments will be served. We welcome everyone interested in Beekeeping, Honey, or hand crafted with bee products. For more information call Dennis Hershberger 318-894-8300. The club meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Ringgold Louisiana at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

66th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival

The 66th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will be held June 24-25 in Ruston, and includes arts and crafts, children's activities, a rodeo, pageant, golf tournament, parade and as always, great music.
Headlining Friday night will be The Chee-Weez. The Chee-Weez are a five-piece tribute/show band of unmatched proportions. Bringing everything you love about ALL of your favorite music genres to a city near you! 70s funk, 80s cheeziness, 90s rock...and who knows WHAT else?! The CW is a gumbo of all things PARTY! Their world famous show brings crazy costumes, giant video walls, lasers and lights, and KISS worthy pyro! Only one thing is for sure...you never know WHAT will happen at a Chee-Weez show! It's not a gig, it's not a concert...it's an EXPERIENCE like no other!
Returning to Ruston for the Saturday headline concert is Dylan Scott. Dylan is a native of the northeastern Louisiana city of Bastrop. Dylan's father, a former guitar player for country legends Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, taught Dylan at an early age the basics of singing and playing guitar and thus introduced him to the world of music. Dylan's hits include "Crazy Over Me," "Lay It On Me," "Mmm Mmm Mmm," and "Thinking Out Loud." "Making This Boy Go Crazy" has sold in excess of 130,000 units with well over 2.5 millions views of the accompanying music video.
The festival opens Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m. Saturday begins at 8 a.m. Prices are $10 each day or $15 for a weekend pass. Passes include concert admittance.
For more information on the 2016 Louisiana Peach Festival go to


• Portland OR
The Biomass industry has experienced strong growth in recent years, sparking new and viable research into the latest advances. The research team from Waste to Wisdom, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded research project, will share finding in a special session on the Biomass Innovations at the Forest Products Society's (FPS) 70th International Convention,
June 27-29, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
Under the theme "New Horizons for the Forest Products Industry", the Forest Products Society (FPS) is the leading global network for forest products professionals.
The FPS Convention's theme is reflected in the line-up of speakers, presentations and on-site activities, featuring several sessions with global experts showcasing the latest research in biomass.
In addition, Dr. Steve Kelley, Professor and the Head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University, will present a keynote "Counting Carbon to EPD; a Retrospective and Prospective on CORRIM."

Annual field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station

One of the world's leading rice geneticists will speak at the annual field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on June 29.
Susan McCouch, of the Cornell University Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, will talk about the potential for advances in rice breeding.
McCouch developed the first molecular map of the rice genome in 1988. She also has conducted extensive studies of rice to help breeders identify genetic markers for rice traits including disease resistance, maturity, yields and drought tolerance.
The day will begin with field tours from 7:15 a.m. until 9 a.m. Speakers will discuss their latest research on rice breeding, weed control, insect and disease management, hybrid development and agronomy.
More research will be presented at a poster session until 10:30 a.m., and the indoor program begins at 10:45 a.m.
In addition to McCouch's remarks, Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, will give an update on the board's projects.
AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto will provide details on the rice market, and Jimmy Guinn of USA Rice will talk about the key long-grain rice markets."
Ronnie Anderson, Louisiana Farm Bureau president, will talk about Farm Bureau activities, followed by comments from LSU vice president for agriculture Bill Richardson and LSU AgCenter associate vice president Rogers Leonard.
Linscombe said the field day is an opportunity for anyone in the rice industry to find out about current issues in agriculture.
"This is our chance to show our stakeholders the work we are doing.

Black Farmers Annual field day

• Bastrop LA
The Morehouse Parish Black Farmers and Landowners Association, Southern University and the LSU AgCenter will hold their annual field day on
July 22.
The Black Farmers Field Day will be held at Harper Armstrong's farm at 5821 Mer Rouge Road in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Attendees will be able to look at soybean, corn and sunflower test plots, said Odis Hill, an extension agent with the LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center.
"We want to try and give the farmers additional income as far as recreation, since Louisiana is a big recreation state," said Hill. "So if they had some little short rows where they could plant sunflower seeds along the power line, maybe they could earn some additional income for a dove hunt."
Adam Tullos, an extension associate in Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University, will share information on using land for recreational purposes like hunting, fishing and agritourism. He will also demonstrate use of food plots in the field.
AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch will discuss using land for recreation to generate supplemental income. She will talk about how the agritourism limited liability law can protect landowners when injuries occur through no fault of the landowner on agritourism operations.
"We'll also have the youth help demonstrate the equipment, like run the GPS and do some row planting," Hill said. "These youth are actually active on the Morehouse Parish black farmers' farms."
AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson will talk about controlling ryegrass and pigweed, and AgCenter engineer Stacia Davis will talk about irrigation.
Lunch will be provided after the program at the AgCenter office in Bastrop.
For more information on the field day or to register, contact Odis Hill at
Odis_hill@suagcenter.com , or 318-281-5741 or 318-237-3517 (cellphone) or ohill2@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Who Will Own the Forest? 12

Registration is now open for the 12th "Who Will Own the Forest?" conference at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, September 20-22.
Speakers include Jane Alonso, National Alliance of Forest Owners; Phil Bailey, TerraSource Valuation; Michael Cerchiaro, Forest Investment Associates; Andrew Crisp, Jaakko Poyry Shanghai; Jim Gasperoni, Aberdeen Asset Management; Jim Hourdequin, The Lyme Timber Company; Rhonda Hunter, Weyerhaeuser; David Lindahl, Global Forest Partners; Ashley Miller, TIAA Global Asset Management; Gary Myers, TimberLink; John Pait, ArborGen; Jodi Prevost, Frazier & Deeter; Sam Radcliffe, Prentiss & Carlisle; Hugues Rinfret, MetLife Agricultural Investments; Ole Sand, Global Environment Fund; Troy Schell, Aether Investment Partners; Marcelo Schmid, Forest2Market do Brasil; Art Schmon, Forest Economic Advisors; Geoffrey Seeto, New Forests; JeffreySiegrist, Jeffrey M Siegrist & Company; Chris Singleton, American Forest Management; Kaarsten Turner Dalby, The Forestland Group; Seth Walker, RISI; Roger Williams, BlueSource.

Annual Conference of Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The 2016 Annual Conference of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is announced on September 27-29 in Clearweater Beach, Florida. Theme of the 2016 conference is "Linking Future Forests to Communities.
SFI says, "Come together with a diverse group of people who are passionate about strengthening the vital links between sustainable forests, responsible purchasing and thriving communities. This year's attendees include CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials, and many more.
Speakers include Sam Cook, Executive Director of Forest Assets, North Carolina State University College of Natural Resourcesc and Forester, representing the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation, will discuss the work of Center for Heirs Property Preservation and the importance of capturing the value of minority family forestlands across multiple generations.
Matthew Reddy, Director, Forest Solutions Group, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, will discuss the role of corporate procurement decisions and key performance indicators for forest management supply chains in driving global sustainable development.
Dr. Christy Slay, Director Research, The Sustainability Consortium, will speak on how The Sustainability Consortium is working to improve the sustainability of consumer products and provide tools for brandowners to help assess these products. One specific tool Christy will speak about is their paper and pulp commodity mapping project, which is used to determine risks of deforestation around the world.

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