What in the Woods is Going On?


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Field days

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.

NCLAC Peach Art Exhibit

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council invites area artists of all ages to participate in the 27th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit, June 23-28 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Cash and ribbon awards will be given in all categories, as well as an Adult Best of Show award, and a Youth Best in Show award. Adult artists may participate in five different categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Original Crafts, and Miscellaneous. Youth artists may participate in one of three age-based categories: 9 and Under, 10 to 13, and 14 to 17.
Artwork intended to hang on the wall must be framed and properly wired in order to be
submitted, on Thursday, June 19 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center. A non-refundable $20 entry fee will be charged for each Adult category an individual enters, and $10 for each young person that enters. Please see the 2014 Entry Form for further rules. Entry Forms and an example of a "properly wired" piece of art may be found on NCLAC's Peach Art Exhibit webpage at www.nclarts.org
For more information, call the NCLAC office at 318-255-1450, or email

Family Reunion

The annual Allen Family Reunion has been announced for Saturday, July 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Winnfield.
The Dutch treat luncheon will be held at C-Bo's Country Kitchen, 1003 E. Maple Street.
Family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bud and Annie Wright Allen are invited.

Louisiana Waterfowl Alliance meeting

The Louisiana Waterfowl Alliance will host a meeting of duck and goose hunters and other interested parties on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Monroe, LA. The meeting will be held at the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge at 420 Richmond Place off US Highway 165 north of Monroe from 3 PM till.
The purpose of the meeting is to acquaint hunters in northeastern Louisiana of the LWA's programs. See
www.louisianawaterfowl.org. After short presentations by Black Bayou NWR staff and LWA, those in attendance will be able to voice concerns and problems of hunters in the area. A Question and Answer session will follow.
For further information, contact John Seringy-LWA Secretary, at
sujo@viscom.net , phone 985-693-4142.

Seeking nominations for annual Excellence in Wood Design Award

Texas Forestry Association is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Wood Design Award. First presented in 1967, the Excellence in Wood Design Award has become a symbol of outstanding achievement in project designs using wood and wood products in Texas.
Nominations are open to projects in Texas that have been completed within the last five years that aesthetically utilize wood and/or use wood products structurally.
Awards are given in the following categories: Institutional, Commercial, Residential and Special Projects (such as wooden deck or entertainment area).
For a project application, visit the Texas Forestry Association website at www.texasforestry.org, call (936) 632-TREE or email
A brief physical description of the building or project, a description of the forest products used in construction, and digital photos of the project must accompany the project application.
Texas Forestry Association will
accept applications through July 15, 2014, and the awards will be presented at TFA's 100th Annual Meeting celebration on October 21-23, 2014 in Lufkin.

Louisiana Forestry Association 67th annual Meeting

Forestry's future, see where it's growing. August 26-28, 2014. Sam's Town Hotel & Casino Shereveport, LA.
For more information 318-443-2558 or email
jtompkins@laforestry.com or www.laforestry.com

Southern Region Master Gardener ConferenceBaton Rouge

More than 500 gardeners from throughout the southeast are expected in Baton Rouge for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference Oct. 21-24.
Gardening enthusiasts have been invited to hear speakers on a wide range of topics focused on plants, according to Donna Montgomery, publicity chair for the event.
"The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is hosting this conference, which will be based at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at College Drive and I-10," Montgomery said. "The theme for this year's conference is Sharing Our Southern Roots."
Because anyone interested in gardening may register for the conference, Montgomery is encouraging attendees to invite a spouse or a friend.
A Southern garden marketplace will be open throughout the conference for participants to see and buy new and established plant products from associated businesses.
"There will be product displays from horticulture vendors and participants will tour many local landmarks and well-known sights of interest," she said.
Tours will include guided excursions to Imahara's Botanical Garden and Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation and The Myrtles, Houmas House Plantation, Burden Museum and Gardens, Hammond Research Station, a Cajun night at White Oak Plantation featuring Cajun food and music, a tour of Manchac Swamp and lunch at Frenier Landing.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include:
- Marcelle Bienvenu, researcher and consultant on Creole and Acadian cooking and author of "Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? and Can You Make a Roux?," talking about her personal culinary journey.
- Mary Palmer Dargan will speak on healing the earth one garden at a time; Norman Winter focusing on the color presentation in your garden each season.
- Joe Lamp'l giving the "dirt" on healthy soil.
- Douglas Tallamy explaining how to bring nature home.
Also on the agenda are 24 breakout sessions where presenters will give information on a wide range of topics from hummingbirds, butterflies and natural habitats to choosing the right plants and your cooking style, Montgomery said.
"Conference registration can be done only online at the conference website," Montgomery said. "
Early registration is open now and ends on July 15."
More information about speakers and their topics, tours and registration is available at the conference website


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