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LSU AgCenterworkshops

The LSU AgCenter will hold workshops in Bossier City, Winnsboro and Marksville to educate farmers, crop consultants and other agriculture industry professionals about sustainable row crop irrigation practices. The workshops will focus on growers' questions and concerns about making better use of Louisiana's water resources. Presentations will feature information on irrigation scheduling, technologies, water quality, agronomy and economics. An advanced training session also will be offered.
Speakers include experts from the LSU AgCenter, the Southern University Ag Center, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.
"Trainees will become well versed with the benefits of sustainable irrigation management practices," said AgCenter irrigation engineer Stacia Davis. "One goal is to give industry professionals the tools they need to educate others and promote the benefits of sustainable practices across the Southern region."
Attendees will be given access to slideshow presentations they can use later in educational programs of their own.
Each workshop is a day and a half long, with a full first day and the morning of the second day. The first day will include a general session for producers during the morning, and the professional training will follow in the afternoon and the next morning.
Dates and locations are:
Dec. 8-9, 2015, Red River Research Station, Bossier City
Jan. 21-22, 2016, Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro
Feb. 16-17, 2016, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville
Advance registration is requested for planning purposes. To register, visit
Lunch the first day is provided, and hotel expenses for out-of-towners will be reimbursed.
The workshops are made possible by a grant from Southern SARE. For more information, contact Davis at
SDavis@agcenter.lsu.edu or 318-741-7430 ext. 1105.

Backyard Organic Poultry Workshop

Saturday, December 5th, 8 AM - 4PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St. DeRidder. LSU AgCenter and Beauregard Master Gardeners are pleased to have Ms. Michelle Ball, a self-taught poultry enthusiast, to lead a workshop on backyard poultry. Ms. Ball will help folks start their own personal poultry flock and will assist more experienced people with organic methods of chicken rearing. She has raised 6 different generations of chicks in the last three years. Topics include: "Choosing Your Chicken", "Chick Care", "Fencing", "Coops", "Laying Hens", "Sprouts/Fodder", "Eggs", "Eggshells & Their Uses", and "Chicken Meat". Time will be allotted for attendees to obtain lunch at nearby restaurants.
Class size is limited to the first 30 people, and the cost for this event is $20.
Deadline for enrollment is Wednesday, December 2nd. Please make your check to: Beauregard Master Gardeners, and send payment to: LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA, 70634. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006.

Beekeepers workshop

SW LA Beekeepers Association announces a workshop, "Ordering Bees," Monday, December 7, 7-9 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder LA.
One of the most important tasks for a beekeeper, beginner or experienced, is obtaining bees. This timely meeting will cover the ways beekeepers can order their bees in time for the spring nectar flow.
Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. You may also obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu , or Keith Hawkins, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634

The LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences will conduct two food safety workshops for seafood processors in December.

The first program, Sanitation Control Procedures for Fish and Fishery Products, will be held on Dec. 14 on the LSU campus. This course is intended to assist the seafood industry in developing and implementing Sanitation Control Procedures mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The training is designed to educate seafood processors, packers, wholesales, importers, harvesters and warehouses about sanitation procedures. Participants who complete the course receive a certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials that fulfills the FDA requirements for seafood Sanitation Control Procedures training.
Online registration ends Dec. 11. The cost is $150 per person if registration is made before Dec. 4 and $175 after that date.


The second seafood program will be held Dec. 15-17 on the LSU campus. The class will provide training in Basic Seafood Hazard Critical Analysis Control Point, which is mandated for the seafood processors by the FDA to teach development of a HACCP plan for specific seafood products.
Cost is $275 per person if registration is made by Dec. 4 and $300 after that date. Online registration ends Dec. 11.
Advance registration is required for both courses. Credit card payments can be made online at
Payments by check can be made payable to LSU AgCenter and mailed with a registration form to LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Attention: Petrie Baker, 297 Knapp Hall, 110 LSU Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. The registration form is available online at
For more information, contact Celika Murphy at
Cmurphy@agcenter.lsu.edu , Evelyn Gutierrez at MEGutierrez@agcenter.lsu.edu or call 225-578-5207.

34th Annual AG Expo

Applications are now being accepted for exhibits space in Ag Expo 2016, scheduled for January 15 and 16th, 2016, at athe Ike Hamilton Exop Center in West Monroe, LA. Deadline for entry is December 18th.
New this year will be a display fo rare breeds of horses and a variety of horse riding and training demos. Retired Budwiser Clydesdales, Gypsy Vanners and minature horses will be featured.
Educational seminars will feature the newest infoarmation about drones and their uses in agriculture.
Additional information, including exhibitor applicationa, can be found at
www.agexpo.org or call 318-355-2495.

Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association Conference

The 3rd Annual Conference organized by Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association is scheduled January 28, 2016 at Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington, near Portland, Oregon's airport.
"Mapping the Course - Timberlands, Forest Products Processing and Energy Issues for 2015" is the conference theme.
The one-day conference will include for in-depth discussions and analysis on forest products market challenges, opportunities, threats and issues in Western North America for 2016 and beyond. Industry experts and analysts from the US and Canada will address topics:
Outlook for Log and Chip Prices in Western North America.
US Northwest Timber Inventory and Projected Growth.
Strategic Issues for Timberland Owners in the PNW in 2016.
The British Columbia Shrinking Wood Supply Base.
Log Exports, Softwood Lumber Agreements and Other Strategic Issus in British Columbia.
US Northwest Lumber Sector: Will the Industry Benefit from the Surge?
Navigating the Changing Fiber Sourcing by the Pulp industry
Emerging Pellet Markets in Asia.
Southern US Sawlog Prices and Lumber Production - a Comparison to the Northwest.
Investments in West Coast Port Infrastructure for Log and Lumber Exports.
Key Competitors to US and Canadian Log and Lumber Exporters in the Pacific Rim .
For the full program and to register, please go to the Western Forest Industry Conference 2016.

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