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LSU AgCenter meetings to help rice farmers

CROWLEY, La.

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:
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Jan. 4, at the Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter office, 157 Cherokee Road, Crowley. Registration at 7:45 a.m. and the program at 8:10.
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Jan. 9, Welsh Community Center, 101 Palmer St. Registration at 8 a.m. and the program at 8:15.
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Jan. 9, Vermilion Parish Farm Bureau office, 3139 Veterans Memorial Drive, Abbeville, at 12:30 p.m.\
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Jan. 10, Ville Platte Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St. Registration at 7:45 a.m. and the program at 8.
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Feb. 1, Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter Extension office, 8592 La. Highway 1, Mansura, at 8:15 a.m
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Feb. 6, Rayville Civic Center, 827 Louisa St., at 9 a.m.


AgExpo

Location: Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane Street, West Monroe, LA; Friday January 19, 2018 2:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturday January 20, 2018 9:00am to 4:00pm
Annual Networking and educational event for all things agricultural. Trade Show, seminars, Jr. Livestock Show, Stock Dog Show, Horse Breed Extravaganza, educational displays. Fun for the entire family. $7.00; Children under 6 free.
For more info contact North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, Sandy Lyons; 318-355-2495; Fax: 318.644.5698;
www.agexpo.org . sandylyons@agexpo.org


January conferences

Two conferences scheduled for January will feature information on soil health, cover crops, and other row crop and forage issues.
The LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are planning the events.
The first conference will be on
Jan. 23 at the Hampton Inn in West Monroe, and the second on Jan. 24 at the DeWitt Livestock Show Facility near the LSU Alexandria campus. Both will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no registration charge, and the public is invited. Farmers, landowners, and personnel of state and federal agriculture agencies are encouraged to attend.
Topics to be addressed include soil testing and interpretation, soil fertility and health, cover crop variety selection and management, water quality and management.
Participants will receive credit for Phase 2 of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Certified Master Farmers and certified crop advisers who attend will receive continuing education credit.
Pre-registration is required and may be completed at
http://bit.ly/2AWdHdV for the West Monroe conference and at http://bit.ly/2zQ2s2W for the Alexandria conference.
For more information, contact James Hendrix at 318-235-7198 or Donna Morgan at 318-613-9278.


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
http://westernforestry.org/upcoming-conferences/mapping-the-course-timberland-forest-products-processing-and-fiber-issues-for-2018


 
 
 
 
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