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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.

Texas Forestry Museum's 13th annual TREEmendous Celebration

Seasons in the Pines," the Texas Forestry Museum's 13th annual TREEmendous Celebration, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. October 2 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, Lufkin, Texas.
The informal evening includes dinner by the Square Shooters, live and silent auctions, and music by the jazz band, Shades of Blue. Induction ceremonies for the Texas Forestry Hall of Fame will take place, honoring the late Marvin G. Angle, Tommy G. Burch, and the late John O. Burnside for their dedicated service to forestry and forest conservation in the state of Texas.
Individual tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships for tables of eight are $1,000, $750, and $500. All proceeds benefit the Texas Forestry Museum. For more information, contact the museum at (936) 632-9535 or visit
www.treetexas.com . The museum is located at 1905 Atkinson Drive, Lufkin, TX.

Acadiana Cattle Producers fall field day

The Acadiana Cattle Producers fall field day will be held Oct. 2 at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building in Abbeville from 5:30- 9 p.m. A meal will be served.
Topics will include weed control, strategies for increasing a herd, heifer nutrition considerations and heifer selection.
The McCrory building is located at 1105 W. Port St., Abbeville.
If you have a disability which requires special assistance in this program, contact Andrew Granger at 337-898-4335.

Beekeepers Association events

Two events will occur at the Monday, October 6 meeting of SW Beekeepers Association in DeRidder. First is the graduation of the inaugural class of the SW Bee School. Twenty-one people have achieved the "Basic" Level for becoming a Louisiana Master Beekeeper and will receive their Certificate of Completion. State Representative Dorothy Sue Hill, District 32, will convey congratulations to graduates.
The other event at this meeting will be discussion regarding the labeling exemption for honey. Rep. Hill will also address questions and listen to comments regarding this important apiary issue.
Those attending this meeting may 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
khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Free, six-week training series for beginning farmers

"Exploring the Small Farm Dream" is a free, six-week training series for beginning farmers or anyone who wants to own and manage a small farm for profit. The training sessions, which begin Oct. 9, are a joint project between CLEDA and the LSU Ag Center.
We did a study that showed $33 million worth of unprocessed fresh fruits and vegetables are consumed in Central Louisiana every year. However, we produce only $8 million worth, $3 million commercially and $5 million in backyard gardens. So there is a huge gap between what is consumed here and what is produced here, said Perkins, executive director of Business Acceleration System, a program for local entrepreneurs funded by The Rapides Foundation and administered by CLEDA.
There is a crucial need for farmers, especially in Central Louisiana where there is a growing movement among residents to eat local, fresh and nutritious food.
Across the United States, 2,000 farms produce 80 percent of all the fresh vegetables consumed in the nation. "We need 30 million more farmers, and soon," Perkins said. "CLEDA is here to help."
Exploring the Small Farm Dream will help aspiring farmers learn what it takes to start and manage a commercial agricultural business. Topic areas include how to create a business plan for your farm, record-keeping, how to grow crops, how to test your soil, when do you plant, and how do you market your yield.
Classes will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 16 at the CLEDA offices, 1118 Third Street, Alexandria.
There are 20 spots available for this free series. To learn more about the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, go to FreshCentral.org. For more about Business Acceleration System, go to
www.WhyBAS.com .
The Business Acceleration System is dedicated to speeding the development of Central Louisiana entrepreneurs by helping them acquire and apply the knowledge they need to grow their companies. It is funded by The Rapides Foundation and CLEDA.
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is an organization that consists of the economic development entities from the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. CLEDA's mission is to help people prosper in vibrant, thriving communities.
The Rapides Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops initiatives and provides grants to organizations that share the Foundation's mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana.

Landscape Horticulture Field Day

The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 9.
Providing service to the landscape horticulture industry is the major focus of the research and extension program at the Hammond Research Station, said Regina Bracy, resident coordinator at the station.
The field day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. Walking tours of landscape research projects and demonstration plots are scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon, with refreshments and lunch provided.
No registration fee or RVSP is required to attend the field day, which is intended for professional horticulture industry personnel.
Topics for the field day will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, roses, new crape myrtles, new shrubs and hardy hibiscus; updates on current disease, insect and weed issues; and a field tour featuring plant growth regulators used to manage shrub growth.
Attendees will receive a booklet summarizing current activities and research, said Allen Owings, extension horticulture professor at the station.
The annual Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association trade show will be held concurrently with the field day. Wholesale nursery exhibitors from the north shore will display available products from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and from 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Louisiana licensed landscape architects attending the day's events will receive 4 continuing education credits.
For more information about the landscape horticulture field day, contact the Hammond Research Station at 985-543-4125.
The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. Highway 1067).

18th Annual Field Day

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 18th Annual Field Day in Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd., near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium.
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above. Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times.
Pre-registration ends October 1, 2014. Guests may register on-line at labeekeepers.org and pay through PayPal or credit card or mail registration form located on the labeekeepers.org web site and your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716, Brusly, LA 70719. Registgrtion after October 1, 2014, will be $35.00 per person.
The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, and Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and Coke Products.
The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants, maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an active colony.
The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and will be offered again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs throughout a season, pest management, honey processing, and swarm catching. There will be a variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee Lab's research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.
For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman (225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).

Outdoor business workshop

Oak Grove LA
Landowners in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi can learn how to earn additional income from their agricultural lands, recreational property or timberland during an outdoor business workshop on
Oct. 16.
"Whether you have considered using your lands for outdoor enterprises or already have a business that you wish to expand, the information at this workshop will help you," said LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch.
Experts will talk about outdoor revenue potential, conservation ecosystem enhancements, liability issues, agritourism potential, farm bill opportunities, land management, outdoor recreational opportunities and carbon payments.
The workshop will be at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 Louisiana Highway 17 in Oak Grove. The event begins with registration at 8 a.m. and presentations at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will end at 3:30 p.m.
Registration is $25 per person or $30 per couple. Individuals may register online at www.lsuagcenter.com/agtourismworkshop> or by mailing a check payable to LSU AgCenter, to LSU AgCenter, 195 A Community Rd., Oak Grove, LA 71263.
For more details log on to
www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism or contact Hatch at 318-927-9654, ext. 229.

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

100th annual convention
• Lufkin TX

Texas Forestry Association will host its 100th annual convention at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin, Texas, October 21-23, 2014, an event designed to showcase Texas Forestry Association's proud history as the voice of forestry for 100 years.
As part of its centennial celebration, Texas Forestry Association is honored to announce W. Goodrich Jones, II will be its keynote speaker Thursday morning, October 23, 2014. Jones, who grew up in College Station, Texas, has strong and fond memories of his grandfather, William Goodrich Jones, who was the founder and first president of Texas Forestry Association.
The featured speaker for the President's Banquet Wednesday evening, October 22, is Sheriff J. B. Smith, a humorist who has appeared on CBS's Early Show with Harry Smith and NBC's Today with Matt Lauer. managed one of the largest jails in Texas, over 1,000 prisoners.
Lynn Wilson, Executive Vice President of Forest Resources for Rayonier, will present Rayonier's outlook over the next few years to maintain a strong presence in the forest products industry, including their investment in Texas. Mark Luetters, Executive Vice President of Building Products for Georgia-Pacific LLC, will address the future of the forest products industry and their holdings in Texas.
Other speakers include Richard Peberdy, who joined Drax in 2012 after working 30 years in UK forest industry and will present a perspective on European demand for wood pellets from North America and their efforts to coordinate sustainability requirements for the sourcing of fiber. Lawrence Seltzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, will discuss the future of our forests and communities and the role of certification. Hughes Simpson, who coordinates Water Resources and Ecosystem Services programs for the Texas A&M Forest Service, will present Ecosystem Services and The Private Landowner.
The Association of Consulting Foresters will present "People and the Forest: A look at Private Forestry in Texas" Wednesday afternoon with a question and answer session.
For a complete meeting brochure, visit Texas Forestry Association's website at
www.texasforestry.org or email tfa@texasforestry.org . Registration is also available online at www.texasforestry.orgwww.texasforestry.org . To exhibit or sponsor, please call (936) 632-8733.
Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

7th Annual Mississippi Valley Black and Blue Civil War Living History Event
Natchez MS

Friends of the Forks of the Road Society Inc. invite the public to attend its 7th Annual Mississippi Valley Black and Blue Civil War Living History Events program during the month of October.
The Natchez kick-off event will be a reception at the Natchez African American Museum (NAPAC) on
October 22, 2014. The NAPAC museum is located at 301 Main Street, Natchez MS.
On October 25, the Black & Blue CW Living History Program will begin at Historic Jefferson College with a Teach-in Session about 3rd U.S. Colored Cavalry and the areas in which they fought. Following the session, the Calvary will present a historical cavalry fighting re-enactment, followed by a parade through Natchez.
The 3rd United States Colored Cavalry was organized in Vicksburg MS in October 1863, as the first Mississippi Cavalry of African descent. The Union Cavalry was composed of "ex-slaves" from all over the South, who fought in nearly every battle in Mississippi. Major E.M. Main, of the 3rd U.S. Colored Cavalry wrote, These ex-"slaves" exhibited "no surrender and unflinching bravery; were courageous, determined, heroic and achieved glory, honor and high reputation for gallantry, high standards of discipline and excellence. They were superb horsemen and proficient in all the duties of soldiers."
At this event, attendees will get to walk in the footsteps of history. They will be able to witness an array of entertaining and educational events that demonstrate the importance of the role that the African Americans played in the Civil War in Natchez and beyond.
For more information about this topic, please contact Darrell White by calling 601-445-0728 or email at


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