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LSU AgCenter meetings to help rice farmers


The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of meetings to help rice farmers prepare for the 2018 crop.
Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said farmers will be able to get advice for key decisions made early in the year, including variety selection and field preparation.
"Topics to be covered in the clinics will include controlling weeds, insects and diseases," Groth said. "We also will talk about our research for variety development and agronomic practices in addition to an economic outlook for rice and a discussion of the upcoming farm bill."
The sessions, which will include lunch, will be held:

Feb. 1, Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter Extension office, 8592 La. Highway 1, Mansura, at 8:15 a.m
Feb. 6, Rayville Civic Center, 827 Louisa St., at 9 a.m.

Wood Resources Conference

The 5th Annual Conference organized by Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association on January 25, 2018 titled: “Mapping the Course – Timberlands, Forest Products Processing and Bioenergy Issues for 2018”
The conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, located close to Portland, Oregon’s airport.

The one-day conference will feature in-depth discussions and analysis on forest products market challenges, opportunities, threats and issues in Western North America for 2018 and beyond. Industry experts and analysts from the US and Canada will address topics such as:
• Stressor and Opportunities for the North American Forest Industry (Paul Quinn, RBC Dominium Securities Inc)
• Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands (Mike Mackelwich, Pope Resources)
• Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Canada (Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International LLC)
• BC Interior Log Supply Issues (Brad Bennett, Interfor)
• BC Coastal Log Supply Issues (Brian Brown, MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd)
• US PNW Sawmill Sector: Eastside and Westside Issues (Tim Atkinson, Stimson Lumber)
• US PNW Pulp Mill Sector: (Jeff Marthaller, Kapstone Paper & Packaging)
• Will There be Enough Log Supply to Increase Lumber Production? (Rocky Goodnow, Forest Economic Advisors)
• Why Build an Export Pellet Plant in the US Northwest? Why Not? (Seth Walker, FutureMetrics)
• The Trade of Softwood Lumber in North and South Asia to 2030 (Robert Hagler, Forestedge LLC)
There is also a one-day optional workshop offered on January 24th, 2018. Sawmilling 101: Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance in North America.
For the full program and to register, please go to the Western Forest Industry Conference 2018

Timber tax workshop

A workshop focusing on tax rules and issues relative to forest landowners is set for Feb. 9 at Lomax Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Tech University is coordinating the workshop, which is designed to help foresters, landowners, accountants and tax preparers gain a better understanding of tax issues unique to timber and timberland.
Topics will cover tax rules, cost deduction, timber basis, timber income accountability, casualty loss and expense management.
LSU AgCenter forest economist Shaun Tanger and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service tax specialist Linda Wang are the featured presenters.
All participants will receive a workbook with presentation materials, example worksheets and sample forms, and a 170-page timber tax handbook.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is due Feb. 1 with a fee of $40 per person and $60 per couple. Late registration increases to $50 per person and $70 per couple. Lunch will be provided.
Lomax Hall is located on Lomax Drive at Peach Street on the south campus of the university. For registration details and forms, contact LSU AgCenter area forester Ricky Kilpatrick at 318-965-2326 or

Landscape pest management workshop

The LSU AgCenter will offer a landscape pest management workshop on Feb. 15 at the Hammond Research Station. The program has been approved by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for recertification for Louisiana commercial pesticide applicators. Participants will hear from experts about pesticide safety training updates, status of phytoplasma diseases of palms, how to be successful with azaleas in the landscape, weed management in flower beds, best irrigation practices and benefits, and hurdles to landscape integrated pest management. In addition, experts will present updates on emerald ash borer, crape myrtle bark scale and new regulatory issues.
Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 70 participants, Registration and payment of $90 per person will be accepted through
Feb. 9 or until the workshop is filled. Registration and checks or money orders payable to LSU AgCenter can be mailed to LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, Hammond, LA 70403.
Participant sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the station at 985-543-4125 or Yan Chen at

2nd Annual Spring Garden Forum

February 23, 2018, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA 70634
The Master Gardeners of Beauregard Parish will be having its 2nd Annual Spring Garden Forum before the gardening season starts. Topics include:
a. Hazard Tree Awareness
b. Improving Garden Soil: Beneficial Fungi
c. Growing Roses in SW LA
d. Save your Back, Try Container Gardening
e. Protecting your Pecan Trees from the Walnut Caterpillar
There is no charge for this event. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular "Green Thumbs" updates about gardening by sending your request by email to

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