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Private Pesticide Applicator RECERTIFICATION

Beauregard Parish Private Pesticide Applicator RECERTIFICATION Training Monday, March 27th, 7 pm, Sheriff's Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder, LA. If your applicator's license will be expiring after March 31st, 2017, 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. Here is a link to register: https://store.lsuagcenter.com/p-203-private-pesticide-applicator-recertification-meeting-beauregard-parish.aspx . TWO CHECKS WILL BE NECESSARY; $15 for instruction by LSU AgCenter & $25 for license by LDAF. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins at 337-463-7006 or email at khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu

Feral Hog Management Workshop

Trailblazer RC&D announces the upcoming Feral Hog Management Workshop on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Bienville Parish Library (2078 Hall St. Ringgold, La) at 6:00 pm.
The workshop is free for landowners, hunters, foresters, contractors, and all who love the land! Workshop topics will include: History & Biology of Feral Hogs, Feral Hog Impacts to Environment, Control Techniques to Manage Feral Hog Populations, Update on new wild hog bait, local feral hog control efforts and feral hog resources. Speakers include Walter Cotton, APHIS and a representative from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
To pre-Register Call 318-255-3554 and leave your name and telephone number on the answering machine, as well as which workshop you wish to pre-register for, or email Olivia at
Three more Feral Hog Workshops are scheduled:
May 2, 2017, 6:00 pm, Dr. Charles H. Garrett Community Center 182 Industrial Dr, Jonesboro, La
May 4, 2017, 6:30 pm, Claiborne Parish Library, 909 Edgewood Dr, Homer, La.
29, 2017, 6:00 pm, Haughton Town Hall, 118 W McKinley Ave., Haughton, La
This workshop and others are in corporation with: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA APHIS, ENABLE Midstream Partners, Mudd & Holland Consulting Foresters LLC, Bienville Parish Police Jury, Jackson Parish Police Jury, Claiborne Parish Police Jury, Bossier Parish Police Jury, and Trailblazer RC&D.
If you need an accommodation to participate in this workshop, please contact Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554 at least a week in advance of the event. For more information, contact Ellzey Simmons at Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554.

Gourmet in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Cocktails and cuisine made with the local flavors of Louisiana will be featured during the fourth annual Gourmet in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 20. Presented by the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation and the Burden Horticulture Society, the event brings Gourmet in the Garden together with Cocktails in the Garden for a single evening of enjoyment. The evening will include food tastings along with samplings of beverages from Louisiana distilleries and local mixologists and culminate with presentations of the People's Choice and Juried Cocktail awards.
"Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products in a lush green setting with music and blooms of the Rose Garden and Orangerie Garden. The event is sponsored in part by Republic National Distributing Company. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the Botanic Gardens at Burden and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation.
Tickets include samplings of food and cocktails along with live music. The cost is $50 per person before
Feb. 15, $60 per person between Feb. 16 and March 31 and $65 thereafter. Tickets are available after Feb. 1 online at www.gig2017.eventbrite.com. If space is available, tickets will be available at the door for $70.
Business and support sponsorships for the event are available by contacting Mary Coco at
mcoco@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-763-3990 or Charlie Ruffolo at Charlie@louisianaculinary.com or 225-769-8820.
More information is available by calling 225-763-3990. The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is located at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10 in Baton Rouge.

LSU AgCenter beef and forage field day

Bossier City LA
Agriculture producers with cattle interests can get updates on a wide range of topics at the LSU AgCenter beef and forage field day set for
April 27 at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a field tour at 9 a.m. and concluding with a sponsored lunch.
The field tour topics will include:
- Market outlook.
- Warm-season grasses.
- What's new in vaccinations.
- Pasture weed control and coated fertilizer use.
The field day is approved for Phase 2 and continuing education credits for the Louisiana Master Farmer program and qualifies for four veterinarian continuing education units.
Early registration for the event is preferred by April 20 by contacting the Red River Research Station at 318-741-7430 or by emailing Donna Haynes at dhaynes@agcenter.lsu.edu

Prescribed Burning Workshop

Prescribed Burning Workshop Tuesday (8 AM - 4:30 PM), Wednesday (8 AM - 4:30 PM), Thursday (8 AM - 12 Noon), May 16-18, Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien, LA 71429
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana State Parks, and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally. Topics will include: fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more. The cost is $130. Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Please make check payable to: SW LA Forestry Association, and send to LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634.
Also, HGSP cabins 1-6 are the ones closest to the training venue and are available to attendees who want to avoiding commuting long distances. The number for reservations is 877-226-7652.

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