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Learn about longleaf pine and financial assistance opportunities for planting and managing longleaf. A workshop will be held on Thursday, October 19th, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Kisatchie Ranger District Headquarters, located on LA Hwy 117 approximately 25 miles north of Leesville, LA and 12 miles south of Provencal, LA. The program, presented by forestry and wildlife management experts, will inform private landowners about longleaf pine management and its benefits. Federal and state agencies will also provide information on generous assistance programs currently offered. A guided air-conditioned bus tour, professional speakers, and a barbeque lunch are included. Come join us for a fun filled and educational day to learn about longleaf pine, an important forest resource, and the Kisatchie Ranger District. Make checks for ten dollars payable to "LFA" please include "LLP Field Day 2017" in the memo section and mail to LLP Field Day 2017 (Attention: Carla Johnson), LA Forestry Association, P. O. Drawer 5067, Alexandria, LA 71307. For credit card payments please call Carla Johnson, Louisiana Forestry Association at 318-443-2558. For further information on the event contact Chris Rice, The Nature Conservancy, at 318-237-5569 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.