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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.
-Equipment demonstration of a modified bulk harvester and vine snapper.
-Improving foundation seed production.
-Vegetable disease research.
-Optimizing root development and yield potential.
-Sweet potato breeding program.
-Optimizing production practices for fresh market and processing venues.
Contact Tara Smith, research coordinator, at 318-435-2155 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Louisiana Forestry Association 67th annual Meeting
Forestry's future, see
where it's growing. August 26-28, 2014. Sam's Town Hotel & Casino
For more information 318-443-2558 or email email@example.com or www.laforestry.com
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 www.southernregionmgconf2014.com