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Garden Fest at Burden

Fresh food, hayride tours and children's water slides will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at Burden on June 20 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. From 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to take a hayride to the Botanic Gardens research area to taste tomatoes, melons, peppers and fruit crops and learn about the hottest new vegetables in the research trials conducted by the LSU AgCenter, according to Burden resident director Jeff Kuehny.
Kids can beat the summer heat in fun water activities," Kuehny said, noting water slides will be a part of this year's activities. Children are encouraged to wear proper attire if they want to participate.
Visitors are invited to bring their best tomatoes from their gardens and enter them in the biggest tomato contest.
LSU AgCenter experts will conduct a plant health clinic and diagnose problems with plant specimens visitors bring to them.
The Louisiana Culinary Institute and the Louisiana Egg Commission will prepare and serve omelets, and visitors can sample bloody marys from Mason's Grill and a summer drink from Mockler Beverage Company. Food companies in the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator also will be offering samples of their new foods and beverages.
The Louisiana Culinary Institute and the East Baton Rouge Parish extension office will provide samples of healthy dishes prepared from vegetables produced at the Botanic Gardens and local food producers.
Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 4-10 years old. Children under 4 will be admitted at no charge. The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is located at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10.
More information is available online at
www.lsuagcenter.com/burden or by phone at 225-763-3990.

Annual row crop field day

The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host its annual row crop field day on July 9.
Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71. Tours will follow beginning at 8:45 a.m.
An indoor program with updates from AgCenter administrators will begin at 11:20 a.m. and conclude with lunch at noon.
Daniel Stephenson, AgCenter weed scientist, said field tour topics will include disease, weed and insect pest management; cotton and corn agronomy research; integration of cover crops; soybean seeding rates; and potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture.
The Dean Lee Research and Extension Center is located off U.S. Highway 71 near LSU of Alexandria. For more information, contact Stephenson at 318-473-6590 or

Basic Beekeepers School

Monday, July 13th, 6-9 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA
The SW LA Beekeepers Association and the LSU AgCenter are present its 2nd Annual Beginning Beekeepers School. The cost is $25, and the school will meet on Mondays in July and August. Topics include: bee biology, equipment, bee acquisition, hive management, hive pests and diseases, hive products, and preferred honey plants. A self-study option is available for beekeepers that have a year or two of experience.
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Field days

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 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.
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 /

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