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Industrial Pellet Trade & Transport Summit
Pellet Trade & Transport Summit is scheduled February 19-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Summit has
become a major gathering place where European utilities,
North American pellet producers, ports, shippers,
logistics companies, investors, lenders and other supply
chain players gather to meet, develop relationships and
discuss the business of building a successful industrial
pellet trade and transport supply chain.
Insiders say the outlook for industry growth remains glowing. Yet, limitations on pellet prices set by policy and thin margins are driving the industry to focus on a pivotal challenge--reducing costs from the supply chain.
The 2014 Summit will explore the the overarching theme of "cutting costs at each step in the supply chain". Working from the power boiler to the forest, industry leaders "will report on the robust activity taking place across the value chain to dramatically reduce cost through innovation, new business models, new business practices, new technology and other avenues," sponsors promise.
14 field days
The LSU AgCenter has
scheduled 14 field days at off-campus research stations
Dates and locations are as follows:
March 8, Spring Acadiana Beef Cattle Field Day at the Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette.
April 16, Wheat and Oat Field Day at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.
April 29, Northwest Beef and Forage Field Day at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer.
May 3, Habitat Management for White-tailed Deer at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, Clinton.
May 21, Fruit and Vegetable Growers Field Day at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
June 5, Nursery Industry Open House at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
June 17, Northeast Research Station Pest and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph.
June 21, Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
June 25, 105th Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley.
July 10, Northeast Region Field Crop Tour at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.
July 16, Sugarcane Field Day at the Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel.
July 17, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria.
Aug. 7, Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.
Oct. 9, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
Details on times and topics covered will be available closer to the dates.
LSU AgCenter garden shows
The LSU AgCenter has
announced a lineup of garden shows that kick off in March
and continue into May in Hammond, Covington, Baton Rouge,
Lake Charles, New Orleans and Houma.
March 8, Hammond
The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 8 at the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. Highway 1067 just off U.S. Highway 190) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year's program will feature plants for sale, a plant swap, educational gardening seminars and children's activities, said Sandra Benjamin, LSU AgCenter extension agent.
"You can ask about your plant problems and get gardening advice and plant information all in one place," Benjamin said.
Speakers will include Mike Seal, owner of The Funny Farm, who will discuss "pupping" Bromeliads at 9:30. At 11:30, LSU AgCenter horticulture specialist Kiki Fontenot will discuss tomato gardening and varieties. At 1:30, Robert Taylor, a board member of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association, will talk on beginner backyard beekeeping.
Commercial and educational exhibits, commercial vendors and concessions will be available.
"Tours of the station will showcase some of the research being conducted there," Benjamin said. "You will also be able to pick up soil sample boxes to mail to the LSU AgCenter soil lab for testing."
Those attending spring garden day are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Tangi Food Pantry.
Admission is $5 per vehicle. Only cash and checks will be accepted at the gate and at all vendors, Benjamin said.
The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association.
March 14-15, Covington
The LSU AgCenter and the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association will hold the 2014 Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale March 14-15 at the St Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington.
Speakers for Friday, March 14, will include Mariah Bock on insect control in the home garden, Allen Owings on considerations for the 2014 garden, Scotty May on home watermelon production and Dan Gill on ornamental grasses in the home garden.
Speakers for Saturday, March 15, will include Buddy Lee on Southern Living plant varieties, Ron Strahan on weed control, and a cooking demonstration by Chefs Nealy and Keith Frentz of Lola restaurant.
Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
Admission is $5 for adults. All proceeds fund the Bobby Fetcher, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.
For more information, contact William Afton at 985-875-2635.
March 26-27, Baton Rouge
The 12th annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 29-30 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and include local nurseries and other vendors selling plants and other garden wares, including tools, pots, ornaments and landscaping materials.
LSU AgCenter horticulturist David Himelrick said the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.
"At this year's show, you also will be able to walk next door and talk to some of the world's best chili cooks," Himelrick said.
In addition to the garden show and the eighth annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off, participants also can visit the fifth annual Baton Rouge Spring Car Show and the events' first Koi and Goldfish Show.
Children's activities also will be available.
For more information contact Himelrick at 225-578-2222.
The Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo 2014 is celebrating its 15th annual show and plant extravaganza in Lake Charles March 21-22 at Burton Coliseum at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.
The Federated Garden Clubs of Southwest Louisiana will present "Art in Bloom," their 2014 flower show theme. Educational programs will include home vegetable gardening and fruit production on Friday and ornamentals and landscape gardening and herbs on Saturday.
The event will include a plant health clinic with LSU AgCenter experts and Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. The festival also will include vendors who will have many plants and gardening-related items for sale.
The Garden Expo is a wholesome, educational environment and the perfect activity to bring together friends and families, said LSU AgCenter extension horticulturist, Robert Turley.
He said the Expo attracts more than 4,000 garden lovers, residents and visitors each year.
Hours for the event are Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org , or contact Turley at 337-475-8812.
April 5-6, New Orleans
The 2014 New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden April 5-6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
This year the show is celebrating its 35th year. It will also highlight the 100th year of the Cooperative Extension Service.
Andrew Loyd, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Orleans Parish, said one addition to the show will be an exhibit promoting the AgMagic event that will be held in May at Docville Farms in Mereaux.
Speakers on April 5 will include Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter horticulturist; Bobby Fletcher, LSU AgCenter urban agriculture program leader, and Linda Auld from Barber Laboratories.
April 6 speakers will include Robin Tanner, Tanner Landscapes, Inc.; Melanie Lewis Ivey, LSU AgCenter extension plant pathologists and Linda Visanau, Master Gardener of Greater New Orleans.
Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab.
Exhibits and sales booths will be featured throughout the botanical garden. And again this year, 4-H members will be helping in the kid's discovery area.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.
May 3, Houma
The TARC Garden & Market Festival will be held Sat., May 3, at the Houma Airbase from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This show will include plant sales, educational booths, Ask the LSU AgCenter Experts and children's activities.
Speakers on the program include Kathleen Cuneo, Master Gardener; Debbie Melvin, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent; and Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist.
Admission is $3 for adults, and children 12 and under enter free.
For more information, contact Barton Joffrion at 985-873-6495.
Sawmill Management Taining Workshop
The 2014 Sawmill Management
Taining Workshop South is scheduled March 11-13 at Kingston Plantation, South
Carolina, it is annoucned by the sonsoring Beck Group of
Beck Group staff and guest speakers will present information and tools on a variety of topics key to successful sawmill management, including sawing technology, log procurement, and lumber drying.
For registration information contact Beck Group, phone 503-684-3406, or visit www.beckgroupconsulting.com
Tree and Shrub sale
The Natchitoches Soil and
Water Conservation District will host the annual
Conservation Tree and Shrub sale on Mach 12-14 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. on the vacant
lot at the corner of St. Clair Ave and Williams in
On sale will be a variety of bare root and potted trees, as wellas shrubs. Some varieties available include River Birch, Live Oak, Sawetooth Oak, Chinquapin, White, Pink and Red Dogwood, Crape Myrtle, Fern, Azaleas, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Indian Hawthorne, Sweet Olive, Sago Pal, Mayhaw, Apple, Peach, Plum, Blueberry, Fig, Pecan, and many others.
The tree sale is the largest fund raising event of the year for the Disrtrict. Funds help sponsor area projects incuding Conservastion Essay, poster contests, Soil and Water Stewardship Week, Conservatgion Eduation programs, forestry awareness, and restoration of wildlife habitats.
Florida Parishes forestry forum
The 25th annual Florida
Parishes forestry forum is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at the University Center at
Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
The theme for this year's forum is Markets, Weather and Issues Affect Forest Landowners.
The forum, which is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, will provide information on new markets and state and national issues that could benefit or affect local forest landowners, according to LSU AgCenter area forester Brian Chandler.
Topics to be covered at the forum include emerging markets for wood energy, Louisiana weather, exporting pine sawtimber, state and national forestry issues, and potential market effects caused by new wood energy markets.
Registration is $25 per person before March 6, and $40 after. The fee includes lunch.
For more information or to receive a program with a registration form, contact Chandler at 225-683-3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Resource Economics Symposium
The International Society
of Forest Resource Economics will host its First
Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 17-18. Researchers, practitioners,
students and those interested in the study and
application of economics to promote forest resource
sustainability are invited to submit a request for oral
presentations and/or posters.
Submissions should include:
- Paper (or poster*) title
- Author name(s) and affiliation(s)
- Contact e-mail
- 200-word abstract
and be submitted by January 15, 2014 to: email@example.com
*Graduate students who are first authors of posters will be considered for an award competition accompanied with cash prizes)
Keynote speakers confirmed are: Dr. Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future: "Issues in Forest Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."
Dr. Kenneth Skog, US Forest Products Laboratory: "Forestry, the Forest Products Sector, and Greenhouse Gases Emission Mitigation."
Dr. Dave Calkin, US Forest Service: "The Role of Economics and Risk Assessment in Wildfire Management"
Symposium deadlines are: January 6: Online registration opens. January 15: Deadline to submit a paper/poster proposal. January 31: Authors will be notified whether submission has been accepted. February 28: Deadline for presenters to register for the conference. Sessions may be cancelled if presenters have not registered.
For information contact Karen Brasher, Marketing Coordinator; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Forest Resources, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, MS Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Phone 662-325-8530, www.cfr.msstate.edu
Forest Economics: Gateway
to Sustainability is the topic for the first Symposium of
the International Society of Forest Resource Economics
(ISFRE - formerly SOFEW) at the Hyatt Regency, St. Louis
at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, March 17-18. Registration is at http://sofew.cfr.msstate.edu . Registration is $300 for regular
attendees and $100 for students until February 15.
After 15 February registration is $350. On-site registration is $375. Registration covers attendance to all Symposium events, including inaugural ISFRE luncheon at the Hyatt Regency and dinner at the St. Louis Zoo on March 17th.
Keyote speakers are Dr. Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future: Issues in Forest Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Dr. Kenneth Skog, US Forest Products Laboratory: Forestry, the Forest Products Sector, and GHG Emission Mitigation.
Dr. Dave Calkin, US Forest Service: The Role of Economics and Risk Assessment in Wildfire Management
11th Annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival
The 11th Annual Bayou Teche
Black Bear Festival will take place April 11 - 13 in downtown Franklin, Louisiana.
The focus of the festival is educating the public about
the Louisiana black bear, a species listed as
"threatened" by the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, along with all the components of a traditional
south Louisiana festival: great music and food, arts and
crafts, and educational activities for both adults and
The 5th Annual Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show will take place in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival from April 11 - 13, 2014. View a collection of antique and newly built watercraft on display, all constructed of wood. Demonstrationson tying fishing flies, fly casting lessons and demonstrations, and boat building demonstrations are a few events that have been added to this year's show. The show will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 11 and concludes at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 13.
More than 100 Arts and
Crafts vendors will set up their tents and display their
creations beneath the giant spreading live oak trees at
the Melrose Plantation house May 3 - 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10 a.m. until 3p.m. Sunday. Several thousand
visitors attend the festival each year to enjoy the great
food and to examine the original and hand made work of
juried vendors. The Festival is located on the beautiful
grounds of Melrose Plantation at 3533 Highway 119,
Melrose just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Exhibits include water color and oil paintings, stained glass, wind chimes, bird houses, gourmet jellies and pickles, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants, toys, furniture, pottery, and dozens of other outstanding arts and crafts.
The Melrose "big house" was completed in 1833 and became an important center for Southern regional art. It served many years as a retreat and workshop for visiting artists and Southern authors who practiced their craft and produced significant works while in residence at Melrose.
Melrose Plantation is a National Historic Landmark.
The Arts and Crafts Festival provides the major funding for the upkeep and preservation of the historic buildings on the grounds of Melrose. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the gate. For additional information visit http://www.melroseplantation.org
The Southern Forest
Products Association (SFPA) has revised the dates for its
33rd Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition
- Expo 2015. The show will now be held June 10-12, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress
Center in Atlanta, with the theme: "Your Show. Your
Business. Your Success".
Sponsored and conducted by SFPA since 1950, this event includes many of the biggest names in the forest products industry, displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation's largest wood products manufacturers.
The Southern Forest Products Association, represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. SFPA's member companies produce about 45 percent of the nation's Southern Pine lumber.