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Prescribed burning workshop

DeRidder LA
Forest landowners can learn more about prescribed burning techniques at a workshop
May 5-7 at Hodges Gardens State Park in Florien.
The LSU AgCenter, Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association, Louisiana State Parks and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are sponsoring the event.
Presentations will cover fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning and fire behavior.
The workshop will run 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 5 and 6, and 8 a.m. to noon on May 7.
The cost is $130. Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Make checks payable to the Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association and mail them to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 609, DeRidder, LA, 70634.
Cabins are available at the park, which is located at 1000 Hodges Loop in Florien in Sabine Parish. Attendees can make reservations by calling 877-226-7652.
For more information, contact AgCenter county agent Keith Hawkins at 337-463-7006 or

Feral Hog Management Workshop

Trailblazer RC&D announces the upcoming Feral Hog Management Workshop on Tuesday, May 10, at the Lakeside High School GYM, at 9090 US Hwy 371 in Sibley, La) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The free workshop is for landowners, hunters, foresters, contractors, and all who love the land.
Topics include History and Biology of Feral Hogs, Feral Hog Impacts to Environment, Water Quality, Wildlife, Control Techniques to Manage Feral Hog Populations, Reports from 2016 Wild Pig Conference, and Feral Hog Resources.
This workshop is sponsored by Bienville Parish Police Jury, Bossier Parish Police Jury, Circle T Trailers, Inc., Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters, LLC, Origin Bank, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA APHIS, and Webster Parish Police Jury.
Persons needing an accommodation to participate in this workshop, may contact Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554 at least a week in advance of the event. For more information, contact Ellzey Simmons at Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554.

Agritourism workshop

• Homer LA
Landowners who would like to explore the possibility of starting an agritourism destination can learn more at a workshop on
May 10 in Keachi, Louisiana.
Agritourism is a blossoming business in Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, agritourism operators in Louisiana more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, showing a 112 percent increase.
The workshop is a collaborative effort between the LSU AgCenter agritourism program and the Mississippi State University Natural Resource Enterprises Program.
The workshop will be held at Keachi Farms in DeSoto Parish. Mary Nesbitt and her late husband, Tom, developed the 200-acre tract to share with anyone with a desire to get close to nature or learn more about agriculture.
The acreage includes forested areas, trails, fishing, horseback riding, bug and insect collecting, and gardening, said Nesbitt, owner of the Nesbitt Day Camp and Keachi Farms.
This workshop could be particularly helpful to those who've inherited farmland or timberland and don't see themselves as traditional farmers, but they want to keep the land in the family, Hatch said.
"They could offer tours for school children, hunting opportunities or even a bed and breakfast stay. The opportunities are numerous," she said. "All those outdoor activities are extremely popular and can provide some extra income to the landowner."
Workshop registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with presentations starting at 9. Topics will include agritourism liability, recreational enterprises, direct marketing of food, starting a bed and breakfast, and developing nature trails, according to Jessica Rahim, of Mississippi State University.
Participants also can learn about the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry program.
The cost of the workshop is $20 per person or $30 per couple. More information is available online at
www.lsuagcenter.com and typing agritourism in the search box, and at www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu .
Keachi Acres is located at 9192 La. Highway 5 in Keachi, Louisiana (also spelled Keatchi on navigation devices).

Louisiana Master Gardeners state conference

Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and the LSU AgCenter are hosting the Louisiana Master Gardeners state conference, which will be open to the public, at the Airport Hilton in Kenner May 12-14. The theme is "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow ... Inspiration, Treasures and Trends for the Southern Garden."
During the three-day event, attendees will hear 25 presentations from leading experts in horticulture and design.
This year will mark the first time the conference will be open to the general public, said AgCenter horticulture agent Sarah Everhart from Jefferson Parish.
"This is a very unique opportunity for the general public," she said. "It will be the first time we have ever opened the conference to the general public and hope they will join us in this exciting event full of learning, networking and fun."
For edible gardeners, there will be presentations on heirloom fruits and vegetables, information on growing greens in the warm season and olive trees in Louisiana.
For ornamental gardeners, there will be talks on azaleas, Louisiana irises, daylilies, native meadows, All-America Selections, scented paths and more.
In addition, there will be demonstrations on succulents, canning and food preservation, displaying bromeliads and floral design.
Other features of the conference will include Master Gardeners receiving advanced Louisiana Master Gardener certifications and a variety of optional guided tours of local gardens.
"A highlight of the conference is the silent auction of garden art, tools, bed and breakfast packages and more," Everhart said.
To register for the conference, go online to
www.mggno.org/lmg16 and use access code MGGNO. The registration fee is $175. The optional tours are priced separately and include transportation and a box lunch.
A special conference group rate of $149 per night is available from Hilton New Orleans Airport. To reserve rooms online, go to group.hilton.com/LouisianaMasterGardeners and use the group code LMG.
For more information on the schedule, speakers, topics and tours, visit
www.mggno.org/lmg16 , or call the conference co-chair Karen Romig at 504-908-2018 or email mastergardeners.gno@gmail.com , or contact Everhart at 504-736-6519 or severhart@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Timber Marketing Workshop

A Timber Marketing Workshop will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Winn Parish Library in Winnfield, La, 200 North St. John St. at 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.
The workshop is free to attend. Landowners and others interested may learn more about Forest Health, Forest Best Management Practices, Timber Management & Marketing Plans, Financial Considerations, Managing for Multiple Use, and Timber Marketing Resources.
Four CLE credit hours will be awarded. To pre-Register, contact Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554. Lunch will be provided. Theworkshop is sponsored in cooperation with Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters, Roy O. Martin, West Fraser, USDA-NRCS, and Dugdemona SWCD.

Shortleaf Pine Workshop and Field Day

A Shortleaf Pine Workshop and Field Day will be held in Rusk, TX June 7-8. There is no fee to attend the workshop but those planning to attend are asked to contact Miriam Zavala at 979-458-6650. The event is being sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Northeast Texas Conservation Delivery Network.
The two day event will provide attendees an overview of Shortleaf Pine management techniques, history, ecological importance and an overview of the National Shortleaf Initiative.
For more information, contact Shane Harrington, CF, Staff Forester III | Texas A&M Forest Service 200 Technology Way, Suite 1281 | College Station, Texas 77845, (979) 458-6650 or (936) 546-1470;

66th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival

The 66th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will be held June 24-25 in Ruston, and includes arts and crafts, children's activities, a rodeo, pageant, golf tournament, parade and as always, great music.
Headlining Friday night will be The Chee-Weez. The Chee-Weez are a five-piece tribute/show band of unmatched proportions. Bringing everything you love about ALL of your favorite music genres to a city near you! 70s funk, 80s cheeziness, 90s rock...and who knows WHAT else?! The CW is a gumbo of all things PARTY! Their world famous show brings crazy costumes, giant video walls, lasers and lights, and KISS worthy pyro! Only one thing is for sure...you never know WHAT will happen at a Chee-Weez show! It's not a gig, it's not a concert...it's an EXPERIENCE like no other!
Returning to Ruston for the Saturday headline concert is Dylan Scott. Dylan is a native of the northeastern Louisiana city of Bastrop. Dylan's father, a former guitar player for country legends Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, taught Dylan at an early age the basics of singing and playing guitar and thus introduced him to the world of music. Dylan's hits include "Crazy Over Me," "Lay It On Me," "Mmm Mmm Mmm," and "Thinking Out Loud." "Making This Boy Go Crazy" has sold in excess of 130,000 units with well over 2.5 millions views of the accompanying music video.
The festival opens Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m. Saturday begins at 8 a.m. Prices are $10 each day or $15 for a weekend pass. Passes include concert admittance.
For more information on the 2016 Louisiana Peach Festival go to

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