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The LSU AgCenter in DeRidder, Louisiana has announced activities for January

Beauregard Parish Private Pesticide Applicator RECERTIFICATION Training is Monday, January 25th, 1 pm and 7 pm, Parish Activities Building, (formerly First Baptist Church gym), 2nd Street, DeRidder, LA; Parking at corner of Second Street & South Pine Street.
If your applicator's license will be expiring after March 31st, 2016, then you need to attend recertification training. The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold two applicator training classes at the War Memorial Civic Center, DeRidder La at 1:00 PM OR 7:00 PM. This is only for those folks who need to RECERTIFY, and cost is $40. ONLY CHECKS ACCEPTED. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins at 3374637006 or email at

SW LA Beekeepers Association: Basic Bee Hive Setup
February 1st, 79 PM, Parish Activities Building, (formerly First Baptist Church gym), 2nd Street, DeRidder, LA; Parking at corner of Second Street & South Pine Street.
Aspiring beekeepers can learn about how they can set up their first hives. New beekeepers can understand what adjustments they can make to their current hives.
Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to



LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center classes

• Baton Rouge
The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer classes in January that address new residential energy code requirements for Louisiana contractors, builders, inspectors and prospective code verifiers.
A Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier certification class will be held
Jan. 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The HVAC for Home Performance class includes the DET class and an extra day of interactive education, with the full HVAC class running Jan. 26 to 28.
"These classes will help participants meet the new provisions of Louisiana's residential building energy code so homeowners can enjoy the benefits of greater energy efficiency, along with high comfort and indoor air quality," said Claudette Reichel, AgCenter extension housing specialist. "The instructor will discuss concepts to help them choose methods appropriate to our climate to avoid problems."
Participants who complete the DET course and written and field exams will be designated Southface Energy Institute certified DET Verifiers. The certification allows them to perform diagnostic testing and report the building and duct tightness testing results to verify compliance with the 2009 IRC energy code.
LaHouse is an authorized provider for Southface DET training and certification.
The HVAC class includes the DET course and certification testing as well as instruction on building science concepts and best practices to prevent, diagnose and solve heating, cooling and ventilation problems.
Participants will receive a handbook, online tutorials, classroom instruction and hands-on practice, plus the DET exams. The classes also count for CEU hours for Louisiana residential contractors.
"DET certification is especially beneficial to HVAC contractors because it provides more options for duct tightness code compliance that are not available to those who are certified only in using duct test equipment for 'total leakage' measurements," Reichel said. "DET verifiers can do both 'total leakage' and 'leakage to outside' tests."\
Registration and more information are available at
www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse on the Seminars and Events page. LaHouse is located at 2858 Gourrier Ave. across from LSU Alex Box Baseball Stadium.

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.

5th Annual garden seminar

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners, in conjunction with Louisiana Tech University School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry will "The Birds and the Bees, The Flowers and the Trees", the 5th Annual garden seminar on Saturday, February 6. The seminar will be held at Lomax Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The public is invited.
Admission is $15.00 at the door, and there will be refreshments and door prizes.
Presenters include local experts Bob Rickett, Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them; Miriam Norris Schrock, Monarch Conservation and Butterfly Gardening; and featured speaker Mary Evans from Little Rock, Arkansas, Making a Garden YOURS - Creating a place to be enjoyed by both humans and wildlife.
The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Association is non-profit, educational, and volunteer oriented, and associated with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. One primary purpose of the association is to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture.
For questions about the seminar or the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Association, visit Facebook.com/NCLMG or email

Forest Pest Seminar

A Forest Pest Seminar is scheduled Friday, Feb. 12, at the Angelina County Extension Office, 2201 S. Medford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75901.
Cost for the seminar is $50, including meal and materials included. To register, call 936-634-6414, extension 100 by Monday,
Feb 8, 2016.
Credits are awarded for TDA Pesticide License Holders, Society of American Foresters members, and loggers.
Topics include Competition Control in Forest Stands - Jeremy Stovall, Associate Professor of Silviculture, Stephen F. Austin State University Forest Pesticide: News, Changes, Use and Availability - George Bieber, Area Manager, Red River Specialties Inc.
Forest Stand Nutrition - Jeremy Stovall.
Update from the Texas Department of Agriculture - Sid Miller, Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture.
Does Storage of Pesticides Impact Efficacy - Mark Matocha, Agricultural and Environmental Quality Safety Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Co sponsors are Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Forestry Association, Provisions from the American Disability Act will be considered when planning educational programs and activities. Please notify the Angelina County Extension Office at 936-634-6414 by February 4, 2016 if you plan on attending this program and need specialized services.

Timber taxation workshop

Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association will host a timber taxation workshop at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, Diboll, on February 16, 2016.
The daylong workshop will provide an understanding of timber tax including the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2015 income tax return preparations with a refresher on local timberland property tax incentives. Our workshops have trained hundreds of foresters, landowners, tax preparers, attorneys, logging professionals, land trust managers, and financial advisors in East Texas.
This tax workshop will help learn special timber tax laws and rules that are not well understood by many tax professionals, apply the rules through examples that apply basic concepts, and fnd answers to your top questions. Instructors will be Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr. Dr. Haney is the Garland Gray Emeritus Professor, Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. He is a nationally recognized expert with over 40 years of experience in timber taxation, estate planning and financial analysis. He has written numerous technical publications on timber taxation. He is coauthor of the widelyreferred book on timber taxation, Forest Landowners'Guide to the Federal Income Tax (griculture Handbook 718). He is also coauthor of Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What will become of your timberland? He has written frequently for Virginia Forests Magazine and Forest Landowner magazine on timber taxes and financial management issues.
Mr. Garvey Jackson, CPA Mr. Jackson is an experienced CPA working with Axley & Rode, LLP.
Landowners, consulting foresters, public accountants, and loggers are encouraged to participate. The workshop qualifies for continuing education credits: CFE (foresters) 7.0 hours, CLE (loggers) 6.0 hours, CPE (CPAs) 8.0 hours and CPT (property Tax Professional) 7.0 hours. No course prerequisites.
To register, contact Jennifer Hayes at (979) 4586630. Registration fee will be $75 per participant ($30 per additional family member). The registration fee includes the workbook, catered lunch, and refreshments. Space is limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana meeting

The Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana will be holding our meeting on February 16 at 6:30 P.M. in the fellowship hall of The First United Methodist Church Ringgold Louisiana. The church is located on Hwy.371 just north of the stop light next to the Rocket Funeral Home and across the street from Dollar General. The program includes a presentation preparing for the spring swarming season and getting honey supers ready for the upcoming honey flow.
A beginning Beekeepers discussion will be held, and questions will be tken from new beekeepers. Topics include How to make value added products from honey, bees wax, and different ways to sale your products. Refreshments will follow the meeting. The club welcomes everyone interested in Beekeeping, Honey, or handy crafting with bee products.
For more information you can call Dennis Hershberger 318-894-8300. 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.


Thursday, March 3rd, 7-9 PM, Parish Activities Building, (formerly First Baptist Church gym), 2nd Street, DeRidder, LA; Parking at corner of Second Street & South Pine Street.
Dr. Greg Lutz, AgCenter aquaculture specialist, will make a presentation to help landowners with the common problems they face in their ponds. This event is sponsored by O'Neal's Feeder Supply. For more information, call 337-463-7006 or email
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .

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