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LSU AgCenter youth field day

The LSU AgCenter will hold a field day for middle and high school students September 28 at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase.
Students who attend will hear for AgCenter agents and researchers about career opportunities in agriculture, crop production and AgCenter research projects, tour the research station grounds and get a up-close look at ee and swweet potato production and hear presentations on nutrition and food sciences.
The field day will begin at 9:30 and end with a provided brown bag lunch. Groups must register to attend the event, which is open to students in 7th to 12th grades in the Northeast region. Only 25 students per parish may attend.
Registration must be conpleted by Sept 18. For more information, contact Catahoula Parish 4-H agent Ashley Powell at APowell@agcenter.lsu.edu or 318-744-5442.


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.

Landscape horticulture industry field day

• Hammond LA
The LSU AgCenter will hold the annual landscape horticulture industry field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals at the Hammond Research Station on
Oct. 6.
Providing service to the landscape horticulture industry is the major focus of the research and extension program at the Hammond Research Station, said Allen, resident coordinator.
The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Walking tours of landscape research projects and demonstration plots along with indoor and outdoor lectures on a number of horticulture topics are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m.
Topics for the field day will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, roses, new crape myrtles and new shrubs; updates on current disease, insect and weed issues; and a field tour featuring new research focusing on native prairies and ornamental meadows.
"A discussion and overview of AgCenter work with figs and a walk-through of the olive variety research orchard at the station also will be included," Owings said.
n The annual Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association trade show will be held concurrently with the field day.
Wholesale nursery exhibitors from the Northshore will display available products from 8 to 9 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m.
Louisiana licensed landscape architects attending the event will receive Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry continuing education credits.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Attendees will receive a booklet summarizing current activities and research.
No registration fee or RVSP is required to attend the field day, which is intended exclusively for professional horticulture industry personnel.
The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. 1067).
For more information about the field day, contact Owings at 985-543-4125 or email

Beef cattle field day at Alexandria

A beef cattle and forage field day will be held at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station on Oct. 20. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Evacuation Shelter south of the LSU of Alexandria campus along U.S. Highway 71.
The field tour will include presentations on the effect of fertilizer type on forage and water quality in ryegrass and Bermuda pastures, basic beef cattle nutrition, general grazing management, the use of 2,4-D herbicides in pastures and hayfields, using cover crops in pastures, the nutritional effects on fertility in beef bulls and uses of aerial drones.
An indoor program will include administrative comments and an update on the activities of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.
The field day will serve as credit for Phase II of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and continuing education credit for Louisiana Master Farmer graduates. A meal will be provided following the program.
For information, contact Glen Gentry
http://www.lsuagcenter.com .

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