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Corn Maze Festival at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. features a farm animal petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hay mountain climb, corn maze, hayride, giant slingshot and plenty of concessions to enjoy. Visitors may purchase corn dogs, popcorn and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers. Admission $10 per person, including concession tickets; children 3 and under free. Pumpkins for painting will be on sale for $5.
Corn Maze Saturdays at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens,
Oct 10, 17 and 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. feature hay mountain climb, corn maze, hayride, giant slingshot and plenty of concessions to enjoy. Visitors may purchase corn dogs, popcorn and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers. Admission $7 per person, including concession tickets; children 3 and under free. http://www.lsuagcenter.com /

Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association Meeting

"The New Flow Hive: Fad or For Real?" is the topic for the meeting of Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association on Monday, October 5, 7 to 9 PM at War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, Louisiana.
The meeting will include a discussion of the highly promoted Flow Hive from Australia which enables easier harvesting of honey. What are the advantages and the disadvantages? Expect a highly animated discussion of this controversial new beekeeping method.
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, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to

Annual Tomato Disease Workshop

The 30th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss all aspects of tomato pathogens and disease management, said LSU AgCenter extension plant pathologist Melanie Lewis Ivey.
All members of the plant health community are invited to share ongoing research, disease management tactics and strategies, and address emerging issues during the
Oct. 5-7 event, which will be held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center in downtown Baton Rouge.
"The workshop will be of interest to researchers and students, tomato breeders, extension educators, crop consultants, tomato producers, processors, industry representatives, government regulators and anyone involved in or interested in the successful production of field or greenhouse tomatoes, Ivey said.
Topics to be discussed include disease etiology, pathogen epidemiology, breeding for disease resistance, chemical, cultural, and biological management strategies, disease diagnostics, and food safety of both field and greenhouse tomatoes, Ivey said.
"We are excited to be hosting the workshop in Baton Rouge," she said. "Representatives of vendors, suppliers, and crop protection and seed companies are encouraged to attend and should contact me if they are interested in sponsoring a session or activity."
Registration fees will cover the meeting sessions, the welcome reception, breakfast, lunch and refreshments daily.
Registration is on-line only through Sept. 30, and the cost is $140 for the general public and $95 for students. The fee for members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is $95.
The general on-site registration is $155 and $130 for students. Only cash and checks will be accepted on-site, Ivey said.
Contact Ivey at 225-578-8537 or
mivey@agcenter.lsu.edu if a formal invitation is required to attend the workshop.

Field days

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled field days and agricultural awareness events for youth across the state during 2015. Details on times and topics covered are being made available closer to the dates. Many other AgCenter events for producers and growers are planned throughout the year. Please contact AgCenter parish extension offices for more information.
Oct. 8, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Walking tours of landscape research projects and demonstration plots are scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-2 p.m.
Topics for the field day will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, roses, new crape myrtles and new shrubs; updates on current disease, insect and weed issues; and a field tour featuring plant growth regulators used to manage shrub growth.
A discussion and overview of AgCenter work with figs and the debut of the new olive variety research trial at the station will be included. A zoysia trial at the station also will be featured.
The annual Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association trade show will be held concurrently with the field day. Wholesale nursery exhibitors from the Northshore will display available products from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and from 12 noon until 3 p.m.
Louisiana licensed landscape architects attending the day's events will receive Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry continuing education credits.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Attendees will receive a booklet summarizing current activities and research.
No registration fee or RVSP is required to attend the field day, which is intended exclusively for professional horticulture industry personnel.\par The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. Highway 1067).
For more information about the field day, contact Owings at 985-543-4125 or email aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu
Oct. 8, Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Alexandria.
The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center will host the third annual Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day on Oct. 8.
Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Field tours will be conducted by AgCenter researchers and extension agents, said LSU AgCenter animal scientist Glen Gentry.
Presentations will feature nutrient runoff from winter pastures; planting methods for winter forages; cattle body condition scoring; cellular traps for feral hogs; armyworm control and bermudagrass stem maggot; pasture weed control with non-2,4-D herbicides; and standing forages and winter supplementation.
An indoor program will include a presentation on grazing management for beef producers, graduation recognition for the Louisiana Master Cattleman program and an update from the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association.
A sponsored meal will be served after the program.
More information is available from Gentry at 318-473-6520 or ggentry@agcenter.lsu.edu .
Oct. 22-Nov. 8, AgMagic, an agricultural awareness exhibit for youth at the State Fair, Shreveport.
http://www.lsuagcenter.com /

LSU AgCenter will hold a conference

LSU AgCenter will hold a conference on bioenergy and bioproducts on Oct. 21 to help Louisiana producers and residents become more acquainted with the bioenergy industry.
Experts will present information about state programs and industry involvement related to bioenergy and bioproducts, said Rich Vlosky, director of the LSU AgCenter Forest Products Development Center.
Based on the current status of the bioenergy industry in Louisiana, it is possible the state's agricultural producers could benefit by becoming a part of a growing trend, said John Russin, AgCenter vice chancellor and principal investigator for the Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative.
"In the future, the bioenergy industry may give producers another outlet from which to make money in addition to selling their crops for food," Russin said. "We encourage everyone who is interested in learning more about the bioenergy industry to join us on Oct. 21."
The conference will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Efferson Hall Room 214 on the LSU campus. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. There is no charge for students.
Registration is limited, and the deadline to register is Oct. 10.
To register online or for information on how to register by mail go to
This program has been reviewed and is approved by the Society of American Foresters for 6.5 professional contact hours in Category 1-C.
The AgCenter conference is being held in conjunction with National Bioenergy Day. The Louisiana event is just one of many slated for Oct. 21 in the United States and Canada. A full list of national events is available online at

Texas Forestry Association Annual meeting.

The 2015 Annual meeting will take place October 21-23. This year's meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, 801 University Dr. East, College Station, Texas. This years theme is Texas Forestry Partnerships, Growing the next 100 years. Continuing Education hours for Texas Professional Loggers will be available up to 6 hours. For more information http://www.texasforestry.org/

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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