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Natural Beekeepers Club of Northwest Louisiana Meeting

The next meeting of the Natural Beekeepers Club of Northwest Louisiana will be held Tuesday June 20 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church Ringgold.
Attenders, sure to remember to bring a little something for refreshments and I'm sure we will have a wonderful meeting, says DFennis Hershberger.
The meeting will discuss extracting honey and the different ways that can be used. We will also discuss jars and labels and how to sell your honey, and the requirements to meet proper labeling. The weather looks like it will continues with abundant sunshine and rain so we can hope that the honey flow to continue and the dearth to arrive later this year.
Now is the time to plant some sunflowers as they are a great way to extend the food for the bees in the late summer. With good bee management we might be able to harvest a second time which will be good news to all the folks waiting for pure local honey.
Come to our meetings to learn about the craft of beekeeping our members will be happy to share what they know. We also welcome those who would like to learn to make crafts and other products with the wonderful items that the honey bee provides.

Feral Hog Management Workshop

June 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.

SW LA Beekeepers Association Meetings

SW LA Beekeepers Association: "Honey & Biscuits", Honey Extraction Monday, July 3rd, 79 PM, Hebert Honey Farm, 4456 Hwy 27, DeRidder LA
"Honey & Biscuits" program will return and will demonstrate how to extract honey from the honeycomb. Join in this fun, family event. Have a taste of freshly harvested honey on a biscuit.
Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to

8th annual LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Horse Show

Gonzales LA - Four-H and FFA youth from throughout Louisiana will compete in the 48th annual LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Horse Show on July 8-12 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.Horse show contestants can participate in riding events in the western division, hunter division, speed division and ranch division. In addition, 4-H youth will compete in public speaking, demonstrations, quiz bowl and horse judging, which provide an opportunity for youth to develop skills in communication, analytical thinking, character building and equine science. The Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor program is open to exhibitors in grades nine through 12 and includes a resume, written test, judging, skills test and an interview. Contributing sponsors include Gerry Lane Enterprises, PotashCorp, Sunshine Quality Solutions, First South Farm Credit, Mosaic, Louisiana Land Bank and Louisiana Cattlemen's Association. An awards banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 10.

SW LA Beekeepers Association Class

DeRIDDER LA - The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the LSU AgCenter will present their first-ever Beginning Beekeepers Class as part of the 4th annual Basic Beekeepers School beginning on July 10. The class will meet on Mondays in July and August from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheriff's Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive in DeRidder.
Topics will include bee biology, equipment, bee acquisition, hive management, hive pests and diseases, hive products and preferred honey plants, said LSU AgCenter agent Keith Hawkins. A self-study option is available for beekeepers who have a year or two of experience.
The cost for the beginning class is $25. More information is available from Hawkins at 337-463-7006 OR

Master Cattleman program
• Alexandria LA

Registration is open until June 30 for a class of the Master Cattleman program that will be held on the LSUA campus.
The 10, three-hour sessions will be held on Thursdays, starting
July 20 and ending Sept. 21. The registration fee is $125 per person.
Experts from the LSU AgCenter will cover general management practices related to beef cattle production in Louisiana, which also includes Beef Quality Assurance Certification, pasture management, nutrition, breeding, reproduction, herd health, biosecurity, economics, carcass quality and cattle handling.
A meal will be served at each session. For more information, contact AgCenter beef cattle program coordinator Vince Deshotel at 337-948-0561 or 337- 831-1635, or e-mail
vdeshotel@agcenter.lsu.edu , or contact an LSU AgCenter Extension office.

90th Birthday Celebration

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards has named Robert and Laurie Gentry of Many to head his 90th Birthday Celebration to be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the celebration at 7 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards will be the guest speaker.
Providing entertainment will be the Louisiana Sidemen, who are comprised of members from throughout the Arklatex. In the five-piece group who will entertain for Edwards' party are Henry Reggans, Sr., Hardrick Rivers, Pamela Rivers, Mickey Burton and Gerald Mitchell.
Edwin Edwards served four terms, the longest of any Louisiana Governor. He was first elected in 1972 and served until 1980. He again served from 1984-88 and from 1992-96. He was born Aug. 7, 1927.
Gentry, a native of Marthaville and the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gentry, produced two birthday parties for the late Gov. Jimmie Davis. His 99th birthday celebration was held at Rebel Park near Marthaville and his 100th birthday party in Baton Rouge.
Gentry's wife, Laurie, who operates Laurie Gentry Designs, is handling many aspects of the celebration including all graphic, web and event design.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale on a first-come first-serve basis. Persons attending the party will receive a special-edition EWE Birthday Magazine, a limited edition and numbered art piece currently under design and a set of Official 90th Birthday Portraits of Gov. Edwards, along with his wife Trina and their son Eli.

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