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The LSU AgCenter will conduct the final MarketReady Workshop of 2017 at its St. Tammany Parish office in Covington on Oct. 31.
The one-day workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m., with a working lunch included.
AgCenter extension associate Alessandro Holzapfel said the workshop will prepare these small growers to sell to restaurants, schools and grocery stores.
"We are interested in meeting and working with producers of fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops. However, we also hope to see producers of meat and dairy products and fishermen at these events," Holzapfel said. "Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to best go about selling their products in more ways than just the local farmers market should attend."
The workshop provides professional marketing education to improve sales relationships and provides networking opportunities with potential buyers, he said.
"Some of the things we will be presenting to the growers is how to price and package their products, the importance of good record keeping and obtaining the proper insurance for their operation," he said.
To make the workshops possible, the AgCenter partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Louisiana Department of Education.
MarketReady training is free, but participants are required to register online at http://bit.ly/2gZOPK2.
The AgCenter St. Tammany office is located at 1301 N. Florida St. in Covington. For additional information, contact Holzapfel at 225-578-2701.
SFA Experimental Forest to close
The SFA Experimental Forest will be
closed from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, for managed deer hunts in
cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Plants
Material Center which is located in the Experimental
Additionally, the area will close Dec. 8-9, for a special hunt for persons with disabilities in cooperation with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Wheelin' Sportsmen. Wheelin' Sportsmen provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities.
Wildlife Biologist Bob Baker with the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project said the Experimental Forest provides a great opportunity for additional hunter recreation while managing deer herds in the area. "The Experimental Forest, Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area, and adjacent lands support a healthy herd of deer and wild hogs," Baker said.
Hunters for the managed deer firearm hunts in the Experimental Forest and Alazan Bayou WMA have been drawn, but standby positions may become available. Details are available from the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project office at Alazan Bayou WMA at 936-569-8547.
For information regarding the Wheelin' Sportsmen hunt contact Mandy Chumley with the U.S. Forest Service at 936-897-1068
Managing Your Land for Outdoor Recreation workshop
Landowners looking to earn additional income from recreational property, farmland or timberland can hear about opportunities at a Managing Your Land for Outdoor Recreation workshop on Nov. 1 in Farmerville.
Sponsored by the LSU Ag Center, Louisiana Delta Adventures Inc. and Mississippi State University, the land management workshop will be held at Edgewood Plantation, 8876 La. Highway 2 in Farmerville.
Morning presentations will feature legal experts, wildlife habitat specialists and local outdoor business owners. Agritourism limited liability law, Natural Resource Conservation Service programs to grow outdoor recreation and landowner success stories will fill the afternoon sessions.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is preferred.
Registration is available online at https://landownersworkship.eventbrite.com or by calling 318-428-3571. A registration fee of $10 is required and includes lunch. Registration ends Oct. 30.
For more information, contact Bruce Garner at email@example.com or 318-428-3571.