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The Dorcheat SWCD announces its annual tree seedling sale at its office in Minden, La. The group offers a variety of fruit, hardwood, and ornamental trees.
For information, contact Connie M. Kyles, District Secretary. Dorcheat SWCD, 216 B Broadway Street, Minden, LA. 71055, or call 318-377-3950 Extension 3.


• Bossier City LA

The LSU AgCenter will host three workshops in early 2017 to help educate farmers, agriculture consultants and other industry professionals about sustainable irrigation practices for row crops.
Each of the daylong workshops will include presentations by experts from the LSU AgCenter, the Southern University Ag Center and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. They will also feature panel discussions by farmers about their irrigation experiences.
Dates and locations are as follows:
Jan. 17, LSU AgCenter Red River Research Station, Bossier City.

- Jan. 25, LSU AgCenter Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center, Winnsboro.

- Feb. 14, LSU AgCenter Avoyelles Parish extension office, Marksville.
People who want to attend a workshop should register online at
www.lsuagcenterwater.eventbrite.com . Hotel expenses and lunch are included.
The workshops are made possible by a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions can be emailed to

Texas Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop

Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association will host the Texas Timber Income and Property Tax Workshop on Tuesday February 7, 2017. The daylong workshop will provide basic information about timber taxation and the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2016 tax return preparations.
Topics will focus on federal timber income tax issues for private forest owners with a refresher on local timberland property tax incentives. Participants will gain a clear understanding of commonly misunderstood timber tax issues.
The workshop will be held at the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll, TX beginning at 8:00 a.m. There is a $75 registration fee which includes a workbook, catered lunch and refreshments. More information about the workshop and/or to register online please visit
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/taxworkshop/ or contact Marion Broughton by calling (979) 458-6630 or email at mbroughton@tfs.tamu.edu
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 on-line, go to http://dmanalytics1.com
ojoshi@tfs.tamu.edu > to register online, or contact Marion Broughton at 979-458-6630 or mbroughton@tfs.tamu.edu.
Registration fee will be $75 per participant ($30 per additional member). The registration fee includes the workbook, catered lunch, and refreshments.

Southwert Louisiana Beekeepers Association meeting

Southwert Louisiana Beekeepers Association meets February 6, at 7 p.m. at Sheriff's Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder, LA. Discussion topic is Spring Honey Plants.
Beekeepers must understand bees as insects, and about plants as nectar and pollen sources. The pollen is an important protein source for the brood. The nectar also feeds the brood and is the source of honey.
For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. To receive regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to

5th annual Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference

The Acadiana Resource Conservation District (RC&D) announces the 5th annual Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference (LWAC) set for Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th at the Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria. The conference kicks off with an evening of networking, good food and live music on Thursday and educational sessions get underway Friday at 8 a.m.
Registration is $50 and includes all events and meals.
Agriculture and Louisiana have a long standing partnership, they go hand-in-hand, and the result of this partnership is big business for the state. The agricultural industry is approximately $7.1 billion of the state's revenue. With well over 26,000 farms in Louisiana, 3,500 of them are primarily operated by women.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, Kevin Norton explains the importance of offering a women in agriculture conference, "This is an incredibly interesting time to be involved in agriculture. What we need now, more than ever, are innovative, energetic and insightful women who want to continue to make a difference in their communities, in our state and nation."
Norton continues, "To help accomplish this goal numerous USDA and Louisiana State agencies, AG and conservation related businesses and organizations have all partnered together to offer an opportunity for women, from across our state, working in any type of agricultural field to meet for motivation, education and inspiration." This year's keynote speaker is Kim Bremmer. Kim grew up on a farm, today she is a wife, mother of two, graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a dairy nutritionist for almost 15 years. She is a vocal champion of agriculture everywhere she goes, from the grocery store to the airport. Her true passion is sharing the real story of agriculture with everyday consumers. Kim explains, "As a dairy consultant, I had the great opportunity to work with farms of all shapes and sizes so now I can share experiences and perspective on modern agriculture from the people who are actually doing it."
Topics will range from celebrating the role that women play in agriculture, the importance of working with legislators, farm succession, agriculture in education and much more. Anyone with an interest and heart for agriculture, conservation and the land is welcome to register.
Registration for the conference is online at
www.LouisianaWomeninAg.com . A block of rooms with a special Women in Ag rate is available at the Holiday Inn Downtown (room block code LWA).

Midwinter workshop on rose care

The LSU AgCenter and the Gulf District of the American Rose Society will present a midwinter workshop on rose care on Feb. 10-11 at the Clarion Inn Conference Center and Hotel in Gonzales, Louisiana.
The program is open to members of the American Rose Society, Master Gardeners, home gardeners and others interested in roses, said AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
Louisiana and Mississippi rose society presidents and Gulf District board members will meet the afternoon of Feb. 10.
A buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday will include a presentation, "Ramblings of a Southern Gardener," by Mississippi State University horticulturist Gary Bachman.
The Saturday program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with talks on several topics followed by a luncheon that will feature American Rose Society Gulf District award presentations. The program will end at 3:15 p.m.
Jim DelPrince, a noted floral designer from Mississippi State University, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. Other speakers will include:
- Pat Shanley, American Rose Society president.
- Baxter Williams, American Rose Society regional director.
- Teresa Byington, garden blogger.
- Sue Sanchez, of the New Orleans Rose Society.
- Linda Aguzin, of the Acadiana Rose Society.
- Marilyn Wellan, Central Louisiana Rose Society member and past ARS president.
- Sue Burke, of the Southwest Louisiana Rose Society.
- Don Adlong, of the Central Arkansas Rose Society.
- Peggy Martin, of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society.
- Kristopher Kelley, of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The program will include a silent auction. New roses from K & M Rose Nursery in Buckatunna, Mississippi, will be available for purchase.
Registration for the workshop is open until Feb. 1. The cost, which covers both the Friday night dinner and Saturday program, is $70. Saturday-only registration is $40.
A block of rooms will be available for workshop attendees at the hotel. Mention "Gulf District" to get a discounted rate of $90 per night. Registration forms and further details are available from Owings at 985-543-4125 or
aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu .

12th Annual Eagle Expo'

Morgan City is going to the birds from Feb. 16-18 with the 12th Annual Eagle Expo and More. The conference, which Cajun Coast created as a tribute to the American Bald Eagle gives attendees the opportunity to get up close with Louisiana wildlife
The "Wings to Soar" presentation, an attendee favorite, showcases various birds of prey, while boat tours create an immersive experience for participants. Speakers for the expo include a variety of successful researchers and academics including, CC Lockwood, Bryan Piazza, Michael Seymour, Maggie McPherson, Cathy DiSalvo and the LSU Raptor Program. Sponsors and partners include the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, BTNEP, Louisiana Seafood, Conrad Industries, LSU Museum of Natural Science, LUMCON, B & G Foods, Johnny's Propeller Shop, Audubon Society, LA Wildlife and Fisheries and Stazione. For more information or to register, 985-380-8224, 800-256-2931, visit

The First Annual Spring Garden Forum

Master Gardeners of Beauregard Parish announce The First Annual Spring Garden Forum February 17, 2017, 9:00 AM- 1:30 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA 70634.
The annual Forum, held before the gardening season starts. will include presentations on Container Gardening, Hay Bale Gardening, Growing Vegetables for Health, Care for Fruit Trees, Growing Tomatoes, Hazard Tree Awareness, and How Beneficial Insects Reduce Pesticide Use.
There is no charge for this event. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. You may also obtain regular "Green Thumbs" updates about gardening by sending your request by email to

Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana meeting

The Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana will hold its meeting on February 21, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of The First United Methodist Church Ringgold Louisiana.
The Club is open to all interested in Bees, and to Crafter's who want to make products from honey, bees wax, and the different ways to sale your products. For more information call Dennis Hershberger 318-894-8300. The club meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Ringgold Louisiana at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum

The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum, is scheduled Friday, February 24, 8 am - 12 Noon, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA 70634.
The LSU AgCenter and SW LA Forestry Association will be presenting programs to help forest landowners and professional foresters with managing their forests more profitably.
Paul Stone, a consulting Forester with Crosby Resources, will talk about "How to Sell Small Tracts of Timber". Dr. Shaun Tanger, forest economist with the LSU Agcenter will discuss "How are Use Value Taxation and Severance Taxes Calculated for Timber". Mr. Jeff Zeringue, Editor/Public Relations, Louisiana Forestry Association, will talk about how the LFA educates landowners about forestry resources.
The cost is $25 per household comprised of a husband, wife and dependent children. The cost also includes annual membership dues and entitles members to attend other workshops at no charge.
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular forestry and wildlife updates by sending your request by email to

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