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Black Farmers Annual field day

• Bastrop LA
The Morehouse Parish Black Farmers and Landowners Association, Southern University and the LSU AgCenter will hold their annual field day on
July 22.
The Black Farmers Field Day will be held at Harper Armstrong's farm at 5821 Mer Rouge Road in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Attendees will be able to look at soybean, corn and sunflower test plots, said Odis Hill, an extension agent with the LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center.
"We want to try and give the farmers additional income as far as recreation, since Louisiana is a big recreation state," said Hill. "So if they had some little short rows where they could plant sunflower seeds along the power line, maybe they could earn some additional income for a dove hunt."
Adam Tullos, an extension associate in Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University, will share information on using land for recreational purposes like hunting, fishing and agritourism. He will also demonstrate use of food plots in the field.
AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch will discuss using land for recreation to generate supplemental income. She will talk about how the agritourism limited liability law can protect landowners when injuries occur through no fault of the landowner on agritourism operations.
"We'll also have the youth help demonstrate the equipment, like run the GPS and do some row planting," Hill said. "These youth are actually active on the Morehouse Parish black farmers' farms."
AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson will talk about controlling ryegrass and pigweed, and AgCenter engineer Stacia Davis will talk about irrigation.
Lunch will be provided after the program at the AgCenter office in Bastrop.
For more information on the field day or to register, contact Odis Hill at
Odis_hill@suagcenter.com , or 318-281-5741 or 318-237-3517 (cellphone) or ohill2@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition.

• New Orleans
Teams of 4-Hers from across the South will take the stage on
Aug. 7 in the Morial Convention Center to compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition.
Teams confirmed to compete in this year's event are from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina, said Quincy Cheek, LSU AgCenter extension agent and contest coordinator.
Louisiana 4-H will be represented by Red River Parish 4-H'ers Madison Lewing and Carmen Latiolais, who will be accompanied by their 4-H agent, Terry Foster.
Each team must create a seafood dish that is healthy, flavorful and appealing while following food safety guidelines, Cheek said. They may only use domestic seafood and must provide proof of origin for the seafood contained in their dish.
Contestants will have one hour to prepare and plate their dishes working before a live audience and television cameras. Then they must present their dishes along with a short presentation to a panel of judges, she said.
"4-H participants should have knowledge of the seafood industry as it applies to their respective state, and they are encouraged to incorporate other important commodities from their state as well," Cheek said.
The first-place team will receive $1,000 along with the title of 4-H Kings & Queens of Seafood.
Originally developed in 2011 to promote healthy cooking of seafood, along with safe food handling and workforce development for youth, the contest continues to attract 4-H competitors from the South. "Several of the past competitors have gone on to attend culinary school and start careers in the foodservice industry," Cheek said.
The cook-off is sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The National 4-H Council also promotes this event under the 4-H Healthy Living initiative.

Beef marketing conference

The LSU AgCenter, McNeese State University and Hitch Enterprises are sponsoring a beef marketing conference at the State Evacuation Shelter south of Alexandria on Aug. 11.
Registration for the program will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will conclude at 3 p.m.
The beef cattle industry has experienced depressed prices in feeder cattle, finished cattle and cows since last fall, said LSU AgCenter beef specialist Tim Page. The conference is being held because of this trend and the need to increase the value of cattle.
Conference topics will include:
- An overview of the Louisiana livestock industry
- Feeder cattle grading
- Order buyers and retained ownership
- Louisiana stocker cattle operations
- Superior livestock marketing
- Red River livestock marketing
- McNeese State University Calf to Carcass Program
- Hitch Feed Yard changes
- Dominique livestock marketing
- Lafourche Parish F1 heifer sale
- Heifer vaccination program and breeding soundness exam
- McNeese State University Heifer Development Program
- Beef cattle marketing cooperatives
- Fall forage transition strategies
Conference partners include the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences and McNeese State University.
Government and commercial partners include the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Beef Industry Council, Cattle Producers of Louisiana, Dominique Livestock Marketing, Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, Hitch Enterprises, Superior Livestock, Red River Livestock Auction, Lafourche Parish Cattlemen's Association and Purina.
"Producers are urged to attend this conference," Page said. "Some of the topics discussed may help them remain more competitive and profitable."
Hitch Enterprises will sponsor the steak lunch during the conference.
For more information and to register for the conference, contact Page at 225-578-7906 or
tpage@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Value-added dairy products meeting

The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will sponsor a value-added dairy products meeting at the Southeast Research Station in Franklinton on Aug. 12.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the program will conclude at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.
The AgCenter is looking for ways to use its Food Incubator to develop dairy products with added value, said Louise Wicker, director of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.\
Phil Elzer, AgCenter associate vice president and program leader for animal sciences, and Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, will speak at the event.
Other program topics will include:\
- Trends and opportunities in value-added processing
- Producers and value-added products in Latin America
- Flavored milks, drinkable yogurts and other products
- Selling product ideas and marketing
- Comments and review of products
- Panel discussion on capital expenses, good manufacturing practices and regulations
- Small group discussions on identifying barriers and opportunities
The Southeast Research Station is located at 41217 Bethel Road off La. Highway 16 in Franklinton. The station can be reached at 985-839-3202.

Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana meeting

The Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana will meet on August 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of The First United Methodist Church Ringgold Louisiana.
The Club is also open to Crafters who want to make products from honey, bees wax, and different ways to sell your products. Refreshments will follow the meeting.
The Natural Beekeepers Club of North West Louisiana meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Ringgold Louisiana at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Louisiana Forestry Association 69th annual convention

The Louisiana Forestry Association, representing all parts of the State's diversified forest industry, returns to Lake Charles for its 69th annual convention August 30-September 1. The event is booked at the Golden Nugget resort, same location as 2015.
The annual convention is a combination social, professional, and commercial gathering, including individual and industrial forest landowners, foresters, loggers, manufacturers, suppliers, equipment dealers, and other individuals and firms serving the timber industry.
Opening day, Tuesday, August 30, is primarily social and recreational, featuring a golf tournament, and clay shoot. Registration for the main business session on Wednesday morning begins at 8 a.m. The general session starts at 9 a.m. with presentations by Donna Harmon, president and CEO of American Forest & Paper Association, Seth Walker, bioenergy economist with RISI international timber service, and Myles Anderson, president of american Loggers Council.
After the noon luncheon, business meetings include the LFA Board of Directors meeting, followed by meetings of the Louisiana Logging Council, and the Association of Consulting Foresters.
Highlighting the program Thursday is the 9 a.m. Broker's Breakfast, introducing new LFA officers, and a presentation by Dr. Loren Scott, economic consultant and former LSU economist.
To register, contact Louisiana Forestry Association in Alexandria, 318-443-2558, or online at

Sweet potato field day

• Chase LA
The LSU AgCenter will hold a field day for sweet potato farmers on
Aug. 31 at the AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station.
Registration will be at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Topics will include weed management, nematode control, insect problems, feral hog control, breeding for early maturity, worker protection regulations and the foundation seed program.
A variety of field equipment will be shown, along with the demonstration of an irrigation surge valve.\
The station is located on La. Highway 15 south of Winnsboro.

Who Will Own the Forest? 12

Registration is now open for the 12th "Who Will Own the Forest?" conference at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, September 20-22.
Speakers include Jane Alonso, National Alliance of Forest Owners; Phil Bailey, TerraSource Valuation; Michael Cerchiaro, Forest Investment Associates; Andrew Crisp, Jaakko Poyry Shanghai; Jim Gasperoni, Aberdeen Asset Management; Jim Hourdequin, The Lyme Timber Company; Rhonda Hunter, Weyerhaeuser; David Lindahl, Global Forest Partners; Ashley Miller, TIAA Global Asset Management; Gary Myers, TimberLink; John Pait, ArborGen; Jodi Prevost, Frazier & Deeter; Sam Radcliffe, Prentiss & Carlisle; Hugues Rinfret, MetLife Agricultural Investments; Ole Sand, Global Environment Fund; Troy Schell, Aether Investment Partners; Marcelo Schmid, Forest2Market do Brasil; Art Schmon, Forest Economic Advisors; Geoffrey Seeto, New Forests; JeffreySiegrist, Jeffrey M Siegrist & Company; Chris Singleton, American Forest Management; Kaarsten Turner Dalby, The Forestland Group; Seth Walker, RISI; Roger Williams, BlueSource.

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.

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