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Garden Shows

As Louisiana gardeners anticipate warmer days and their first opportunity to get into the garden, the LSU AgCenter has announced the spring lineup of garden shows. The shows will kick off in March and continue into June in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria, New Orleans Covington, New Orleans and Thibodaux.

June 6, Thibodaux; LaTerre Master Gardener and LSU AgCenter vegetable field day will be held June 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. Francis Vegetable Garden next to the Thibodaux Civic Center in Thibodaux. LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion said it will include home and commercial demonstration gardens and vegetable growing contest for adults and youth and AgCenter experts on hand to answer gardening questions. For additional information contact Joffrion at 985-873-6495.

"Annie's Project,"

A Workshop for Women in Agriculture, is coming to Natchitoches during April, jointly sponsored by Twin Valley RC&D, Capital RC&D, Acadiana RC&D, and USDA and NRCS.
Women are becoming the fastest growing segment of new farmers, with agricultural gender roles beginning to even out, with women operating 14 percent of the nation's 2.2 million farms, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture.
Annie's Project is designed to empower farm and ranch women to manage information systems used in critical decision-making processes and to build local networks through out the state. The target audience is farm and ranch women with a passion for business and involvement.
Topics in the program include risk assessments, human factors in farming, grain marketing, insurance for family and farm business, crop insurance, farm programs, farm transition planning, financial statement, farm tax issues and accounting, legal issues, retirement planning and business planning.
The next Annie's project will be held in Natchitoches, on five Thursdays nights workshop on
April 16, 23, 30, May 7 and 14, from 5 to 8:30 pm each night, in Room 213 in Russell Hall on Northwestern State University Campus. For more information or registration information call 318-352-5559 or email Annie's Project at dcross@agcenter.lsu.edu .
Annie grew up in a small town in Illinois, married a farmer and spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. Annie's Project takes her life's experiences and shares it with farm and ranch women living and working in a complex, dynamic, evolving business environment.

20 field days

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 20 field days and agricultural awareness events for youth across the state during 2015. Details on times and topics covered are being made available closer to the dates. Many other AgCenter events for producers and growers are planned throughout the year. Please contact AgCenter parish extension offices for more information.
April 20-26, AgMagic, an agricultural awareness exhibit for youth at Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus, Baton Rouge.
April 28, Northeast Region Youth Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.
April 28, Northwest Regional Beef and Forage Field Day at the Red River Research Station, Bossier City.
May 8, Master Gardener Appreciation Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
May 12, Southwest Region Youth Field Day at the Rice Research Station, Crowley.
May 13-16, AgMagic on the River, an agricultural awareness exhibit for youth at Docville Farms, Violet.
May 15, Nursery Industry Open House and Azalea Lecture at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
June 16, Hill Farm Poultry Field Day at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer.
June 17, Northeast Research Station Pest and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph.
June 20, Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
July 1, 106th Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley.
July 9, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria.
July 15, Sugarcane Field Day at the Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel.
Oct. 8, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
Oct. 15, Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Alexandria.
Oct. 22-Nov. 8, AgMagic, an agricultural awareness exhibit for youth at the State Fair, Shreveport.
http://www.lsuagcenter.com /

Four-State Forestry Conference

• Idabel, OK
The Four-State Forestry Conference presents today's leading forestry investment practices with select professionals from around the world at a conferene
April 29-May 3. Key topics are targeted for timberland owners, investors and managers in all 13 southeastern pine belt states in the Unites States.
The conference is presented by Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council with a team of dedicated professionals and generous sponsors. The purpose of the conference is to share strategic information for all interested in forest management, investment and processing.
Pre-registration cost for the conference including tours is $180 per person, $310 per couple or $130 per student. Registration includes admittance to the main two-day conference sessions, tour of your choice (optional), booth exhibits, continental breakfasts, lunches, banquet dinner, evening hospitality and entertainment, and direct time with leading forestry professionals.
For additional conference or sponsorship information, contact Ouachita Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council, at (918) 423-2479 or email


Trailblazer Resource, Conservation, and Development and partners will be conducting a Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) Workshop at the New Winn Parish Library in Winnfield, La; 200 North Saint John Street, on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. At noon, participants will travel (w/ personal vehicle) to an outdoor location to do a field tour for the second half of the workshop; Registration begins at 8:00 am.
Attendees who complete this workshop will receive 6 Continuing Logger Education Hours! This workshop is FREE to attend and a meal will be provided. Please
PRE-REGISTER by APRIL 24th. Call or email Olivia Ward at Trailblazer, 318-255-3554 or olivia@trailblazer.org to get signed-up! SPACE IS LIMITED.

Kent House Bug Day

It is time for the 8th annual Kent House Bug Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Kent House in Alexandria. Admission is $1.00 for ages 3 and up. The event, sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and Kent Plantation House, features many different "bug stations" with special activities, such as viewing night insects in a dark room, seeing and touching insectivores, learning how insects change through metamorphosis, discovering our native Louisiana insects as well as alien invaders. The very popular "I ate a bug" station will feature two tasty insect dishes for sampling and cool "I ate a bug" buttons for those willing to try entomophagy (eating insects). Also, each child will receive a pet soldier fly and have the chance to make a buggy craft. Concession food will be available for purchase at the Hungry Caterpillar Café. The Kent Plantation House is one of the oldest standing structures in the state of Louisiana. Kent House offers tours and special events to visitors who want to see the homestead and working plantation of a successful Creole family typical of 18th Century Louisiana.
Learn more about the Southern Research Station's Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants of Southern Forests research unit, based in Pineville, LA, online at:
www.srs.fs.usda.gov/idip . Headquartered in Asheville, NC, the Southern Research Station is comprised of more than 120 scientists who conduct natural resource research in 20 locations across 13 southern states (Virginia to Texas).
For more information about Kent House Bug Day, call the Kent House at 318-487-5998 or the Southern Research Station's Stacy Blomquist at 318-473-7242 or email her at
sblomquist@fs.fed.us .

Prescribed Burning Workshop

Prescribed Burning Workshop Thursday (8 AM 4:30 PM), Friday (8 AM 4:30 PM), Saturday (8 AM 12 Noon), May 7, 8 & 9, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA.
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally. Topics will include: fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more. The cost is $130.
Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Please make check payable to: SW LA Forestry Association, and send to LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634.
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular forestry and wildlife updates by sending your request by email to
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu . Also follow Hawkins on twiter @khawkbikeragent to see the latest AgCenter forestry and wildlife tweets.

Open House

The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be held at the Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15.
The educational event is planned for nursery growers, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance firms, retail garden center owners, managers and their employees, said Allen Owings, research coordinator at the station.
Speakers for the program include Mark Windham from the University of Tennessee, who will be discussing problem solving in dogwoods, roses and hydrangeas. Rick Webb of Louisiana Growers in Amite will discuss the use of south Louisiana natives and some of the improved varieties.
"We will have garden tours and plant trials," Owings said. "We also have a new program this year called plants with potential."
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station established the Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden in 2006 in recognition of one of Louisiana's most widely known nursery owners and nationally known lover, breeder and authority of azaleas.
Since there is no registration fee, Owings said an R.S.V.P. is needed to get a count for the hamburger lunch that will be served in the gardens.
The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (Louisiana Highway 1067) east of Hammond. Driving directions may be found on the LSU AgCenter website.
Additional information is available by calling Owings at 985-543-4125 or visiting the website at
www.lsuagcenter.com/Hammond .


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