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Louisiana rice farmers Meetings

• Crowley LA
Louisiana rice farmers will get a chance to hear the latest recommendations by LSU AgCenter experts at a series of meetings in January and February.
Information will include planting preparation, controlling diseases, weeds and insects, new rice varieties, fertility and updates on the rice market outlook.
Sessions will be held in Mansura, Welsh, Abbeville, Crowley, Ville Platte and Delhi.
The first meeting will be on
Jan. 5 at the Avoyelles Parish Extension Office, 8592 Louisiana Highway 1, Mansura, starting at 8:15 a.m.
A session on
Jan. 6 will be at the Welsh Community Center, 201 S. Elm St., Welsh, with registration at 8 a.m.
The meeting for Evangeline and St. Landry parishes will be on
Jan. 7 in Ville Platte at the North Side Civic Center, 704 North Soileau St., starting with 7:30 a.m. registration Pesticide recertification will be available.
The Acadia Parish meeting will be held
Jan. 8 in Crowley at the Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, with registration starting at 8 a.m. Pesticide recertification will be available.
The Vermilion Parish meeting will be held
Jan. 9 in Abbeville at the LSU AgCenter Extension Office, 1105 W. Port St., starting at 8:30 a.m.
The Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum will be held
Feb. 3 at the Delhi Civic Center, 232 Denver St., from 9 a.m. until noon.
If you have a disability that requires special assistance or accommodation for your participation in the program, contact the county agent in the parish where the event will be held.


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
To register, go to the Western Forest Industry Conference 2015.

The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet

The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual membership banquet on Thursday, January 29. Registration is open for attendance at the annual banquet, that acknowledges the service of outgoing members of the Board of Directors and welcomes the incoming board members. Several community awards are given to Lincoln parish individuals who have gone above and beyond serving our community.
The Russ Award, named in honor of the late Robert E. Russ, a founder for whom the City is named, is one of the most prestigious commendations presented by the Chamber in the community. It is designed to recognize those who have contributed to the civic, business or cultural advancement or development of this region in an outstanding manner during the preceding year.
Past recipients of the Russ Award are Benny Denny, John F. Emory, Sr., O.L. Waltman, L.D. "Buddy" Napper, Lynne Gnemi, Bill Cox and several others.
Tickets are $35 each for Chamber members, and $40 for non-members. A reserved table for six, for Chamber members is $250, non-members is $275. For $50 you can compete in the table decorating contest.

Midwinter workshop on rose care

The LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the American Rose Society Gulf District will present a midwinter workshop on rose care Feb. 6-7 at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Gonzales, Louisiana.
The program is being held for members of the American Rose Society as well as Master Gardeners, home gardeners and others interested in roses, said LSU AgCenter horticulture professor Allen Owings.
Louisiana and Mississippi rose society presidents and Gulf District board members will meet during the afternoon of
Feb. 6. An evening buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. will include "From the Garden to the Trophy Table," a presentation by Don and Paula Adlong from the Central Arkansas Rose Society.
Saturday educational programs will begin at 8:30 a.m. with many presentations on rose-related topics. A luncheon will feature 2014 Gulf District award presentations.
Speakers will include LSU AgCenter experts Ron Strahan and Ed Bush; Andrew Barocco, an undergraduate student in the LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences; members of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society; rosarian Claude Graves from Dallas, Texas; rosarian Tommy Hebert from Beaumont, Texas; Peggy Martin of the Heritage Rose Foundation; regional American Rose Society director Baxter Williams; and B.J. Abshire of the Acadiana Rose Society.
The program will include a silent auction, and new roses from K and M Rose Nursery will be available for purchase. Consulting rosarians with the American Rose Society can earn continuing education credits by attending.
Registration for the workshop is open until Jan. 29. The cost, which includes both the Friday night dinner and Saturday program, is $65. Saturday-only registration is $40
More information and a registration form for the workshop is available from Owings at 985-543-4125 or by email at

Four workshops in February

The LSU AgCenter will host four workshops in February to help fresh produce growers understand food safety risks and develop an on-farm food safety plan, according to AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari.
Specialists with the LSU AgCenter, Southern University Agricultural Center and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will give presentations on water quality, manure management, produce harvesting and storage, worker hygiene and recordkeeping.
The workshops will also cover Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices, which are voluntary practices that growers can implement to reduce food safety risks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture certifies growers who pass a GAPs inspection.
"The adoption of on-farm food safety practices will assist producers in managing risk and regulatory changes," Adhikari said. The Food Safety Modernization Act will soon require growers to take steps to minimize contamination from sources such as water and animals.
Workshops on implementation of GAPs and GHPs will be held on dates to be announced later this year. People who attend both workshops - one in February and one later in the year will be eligible for a program that will reimburse 75 percent of the fees charged for GAPs certification.
The workshops and financial aid are funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
All of the meetings will begin at 8:45 a.m., break for a provided lunch and end at 4 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:
Feb. 10, Red River Research Station, 262 Research Station Drive, off U.S. Highway 71, south of Bossier City
Feb. 11, Rapides Parish Extension Office, 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria
Feb. 12, Macon Ridge Research Station, 212A Macon Ridge Road, off La. Highway 15, south of Winnsboro
Feb. 13, Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, La. Highway 1067, east of Hammond
The workshops are free, but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Adhikari at
ACAdhikari@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-578-2529, or Robert Williams at RWilliams@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-578-2417.

The Battle of Arcadia Crossroads

A reenactment of The Battle of Arcadia Crossroads will be held February 13-15 in Arcadia, Louisiana at Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days.
The Battle of Arcadia Crossroads will be a full Civil War reenactment with a battle featuring infantry and live firing cannons Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Battle of Arcadia Crossroads is a representation of a series of skirmishes in North Louisiana along what today is known as Interstate 20. Federal troops were ordered into the area to probe Confederate strength and defenses. The Yankee incursion gained ground after the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863 and intensified after the Red River Campaign from 1864-65. During the winter of 1864-65, nearly 15,000 Confederate troops were quartered in several camps collectively known as Camp Magruder near present day Minden, LA, approximately 20 miles west of Arcadia.
The Battle of Arcadia Crossroads will be a full Civil War reenactment. Throughout both days, spectators will have the opportunity not only to see the reenactment between the Blue & the Gray but also infantry drills, artillery/cannondemonstrations, Ladies Socials, Soldiers' camp life, and a "Sweetheart" Dance featuring live music of the period later on Saturday night. There will be a 'School Day' between 10am-1pm on Friday for local schools to explore the camps and watch demonstrations.
To reach the Trade Day grounds from I-20, take Exit 69 and follow the signs south for approximately 3 1/2 miles.

80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show

Hundreds of youth from across Louisiana will be gathering in Gonzales for the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
LSU AgCenter officials say they expect more than 2,000 4-H and FFA exhibitors to bring about 1,500 breeding animals, 1,600 market animals, 180 pens of broilers and 700 exhibition birds to the competition on
Feb. 14-21.
By the time those 4-H and FFA members reach the state show, they already will have competed in parish and district competitions across Louisiana during the first few weeks of 2015. All will arrive in Gonzales aiming to be state champions - or at least to earn rewards for their hard work and dedication.
Judges at the show determine the winners in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, goats, hogs, poultry and sheep.
PotashCorp will be the Corporate Title Sponsor for the livestock show through a donation of $50,000 to support the Champion Showmanship awards. PotashCorp is the world's largest fertilizer company by capacity, producing potash, nitrogen and phosphate.
The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation has given the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show $150,000 to establish an endowment for Supreme Champion Animals in all six breeding species - beef cattle, dairy, poultry, sheep, goats and swine. This represents the single largest donation in the 80-year history of the show.
Six exhibitors will earn Premier Exhibitor awards, which place emphasis and recognition on exhibitors knowledge and skills in the 4-H and FFA livestock projects. Supported by an endowment from Gerry Lane Enterprises in Baton Rouge, the program is available to participants exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry and goats. The program tests all facets of youths proficiency in their livestock projects through an interview, a resume, a test, a skill-a-thon and showing ability.
One exhibitor will receive the Price LeBlanc Champion Livestock Award, which is presented to one grand champion market animal each year from among five species steers, swine, sheep, chickens and goats. The award is funded by an endowment from Price LeBlanc, a Baton Rouge automobile dealership.
The livestock show also includes a quality assurance and ethics certification program that educates youth on proper and ethical use of animal heath products ensuring a high-quality, wholesome product.
"This event provides an opportunity for some of the most outstanding youth in the state to receive recognition for their hard work in learning not only the scientific principles that must be mastered but also the responsibility required to raise this wide array of animals,' Richardson said. 'This show also is about the dedication of the many parents, teachers, volunteer leaders, 4-H agents and FFA advisers who have worked with the young people to help them grow as people and responsible citizens."
Competition in various phases of the show will begin almost as soon as the first animals are checked in on Saturday, Feb. 7, and will continue daily through Feb. 14.
A concluding awards ceremony will recognize champion market animal exhibitors, champion showmanship winners and Premier Exhibitors as well as recipients of the annual Superintendent of Education Award, Attorney General Award and Governor Awards.
More information on the show and the variety of research and educational activities offered by the LSU AgCenter is available online at
www.lsuagcenter.com and through LSU AgCenter parish offices.

Texas Timber Tax Workshop

Lufkin TX
The 2015 Texas Timber Tax Workshop in East Texas is a day-long event that will provide information on timber tax laws and rules, helping attendees understand recent changes before filing taxes. Along with federal income tax, timberland property tax laws in Texas will be discussed.
"This workshop is important because it brings landowners up-to-date on federal timber tax laws, which often change," Omkar Joshi said, Forest Economist for Texas A&M Forest Service.
This annual workshop hosted by Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association, is an all-day event that gives hundreds of foresters, landowners and other professionals the training and education needed for applying new tax rules, which could prove as an advantage in forest management planning.
"Tax laws aren't simple and timber taxation rules can be even more complex," Joshi said. "We want landowners to be fully aware of the many favorable tax provisions and help them to determine appropriate basis of their property."
The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday,
Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis St., Diboll, TX. Registration is $75 and includes a workbook, lunch and refreshments.
The workshop is designed for forest landowners, consulting foresters, public accountants, loggers, attorneys and anyone who deals with timber taxes. Participating in this workshop also qualifies for continuing education credits.
For more information or to register, go to
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/timbertaxworkshop , or contact Jennifer Hayes at 979-458-6630 or jhayes@tfs.tamu.edu

26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

"Bigger Than Life: Extraordinary Mississippians" is the theme of the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Feb. 26-28, 2015. The award-winning, mostly free conference is headquartered at Natchez Convention Center, Natchez, Miss.
Sponsors are Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with support of Mississippi Humanities Council, Natchez National Historical Park and other agencies.
"Since the state of Mississippi will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2017, the Celebration's Steering Committee thought it was time to explore some of the famous people our state has produced," said Carolyn Vance Smith of Co-Lin, founder and co-chairman of the NLCC.
"Our problem was that there are so many extraordinary Mississippians," she said. "We wound up choosing those who have new books written about them." These books will be sold at the conference's custom bookshop.
Programs will be about a variety of famed Mississippians, Smith said. "These include the literary figures William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright, Willie Morris and Margaret Walker.
"Since 2015 is the centennial of Dr. Walker's birth, we're honoring her with Margaret Walker Day on Feb. 27," Smith said. "A new musical based on her poetry will premier during the conference on Feb. 27. It was written by pianist Randy Klein of New York and will be performed by Randy and Aurelia Williams of New York, with help from the Jackson State University Chorale."
Historical and political figures on the agenda are John Roy Lynch and L.Q.C. Lamar of the 19th century and Charles Evers and others of the 20th century.
Musical icons to be discussed are blues giants Robert Johnson and B. B. King, rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley and country music star Jimmie Rodgers.
Entertainment, food and sports in Mississippi will be represented by programs about Muppets creator Jim Henson, culinary guru Craig Claiborne, football legend Archie Manning and others.
"We're doing something a little different in 2015," Smith said. "Since Feb. 28 has free programs that appeal to all ages, focusing on food, sports, film and music, we're calling that day Family Day at the NLCC. We invite entire families to spend the day at the conference."
Speakers include Malcolm White, Mississippi Director of Tourism; David G. Sansing, historian of The University of Mississippi; Ted Atkinson, literature professor of Mississippi State University; Carolyn J. Brown, biographer of Jackson, Miss.; Robert Bray, the Tennessee Williams scholar of East Tennessee State University; Maryemma Graham, the Margaret Walker biographer of University of Kansas; Regina Charboneau, author/chef of Natchez; Rick Cleveland, Executive Director of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame; and Ted Gioia, music historian of Dallas, Tex.
Following Gioia's remarks the evening of Feb. 28 about how Mississippi changed the music world, a concert based on this music will be presented by Vasti Jackson of Hattiesburg, Miss. Jackson is Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi and a member of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Richard Wright Literary Excellence writing awards will go to Glen Ballard, formerly of Natchez and now of Los Angeles, Calif., whose lyrics have won six Grammy Awards, and Robert V. Haynes, Western Kentucky University, author of award-winning books about early Mississippi history. The Horton Foote Award for Screenwring will go to Jeff Nichols, screenplay writer of Austin, Tex. Nichols' award-winning "Mud" will be screened Feb. 26.
Winning the Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award will be James F. Barnett Jr., of Natchez, retired division director of Mississippi Department of Mississippi Department of Archives and History, retired co-chairman of the NLCC and author of two books about Indians in Mississippi. Cochran (U.S. Senate-R-Miss.) will present the award.
Up to two Continuing Education Units are available for teachers, Smith said. Registration is available by email:
Emily.Edwards@colin.edu .
The conference is free except for three tickets, which must be purchased in advance.
They are the Margaret Walker concert ($10), a luncheon based on Craig Claiborne's favorite foods ($25) and the NLCC's only fundraiser, a reception and dinner at King's Tavern ($145, with $100 tax-deductible). A reception at the African-American Museum is $10 at the door.
Tickets, the agenda and other information are available at
www.colin.edu/nlcc ; NLCC@colin.edu ; and 866-296-NLCC.


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