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Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana meeting

The Natural Beekeeper's Club of North West Louisiana will hold its meeting on February 21, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of The First United Methodist Church Ringgold Louisiana.
The Club is open to all interested in Bees, and to Crafter's who want to make products from honey, bees wax, and the different ways to sale your products. For more information call Dennis Hershberger 318-894-8300. The club meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Ringgold Louisiana at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum

The Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum, is scheduled Friday, February 24, 8 am - 12 Noon, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA 70634.
The LSU AgCenter and SW LA Forestry Association will be presenting programs to help forest landowners and professional foresters with managing their forests more profitably.
Paul Stone, a consulting Forester with Crosby Resources, will talk about "How to Sell Small Tracts of Timber". Dr. Shaun Tanger, forest economist with the LSU Agcenter will discuss "How are Use Value Taxation and Severance Taxes Calculated for Timber". Mr. Jeff Zeringue, Editor/Public Relations, Louisiana Forestry Association, will talk about how the LFA educates landowners about forestry resources.
The cost is $25 per household comprised of a husband, wife and dependent children. The cost also includes annual membership dues and entitles members to attend other workshops at no charge.
For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular forestry and wildlife updates by sending your request by email to

SW LA Beekeepers Association

SW LA Beekeepers Association: Catching Swarms; March 6th, 7 PM; Sheriff's Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder, LA
Aspiring beekeepers can learn to catch swarms to increase their beeyard. A swarm of bees tend to be docile and thus easier to handle during the swarm season. The meeting will cover the "do's" and "don'ts" of capturing a swarm.
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

Tree and Shrub Sale

The Natchitoches Soil & Water Conservation Tree and Shrub Sale, March 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the vacant lot at the corner of St. Clair Ave and Williams Ave in Natchitoches. There will be a variety of bare root and potted trees and shrubs, including River Birch, Live Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Strawberry Bush, Chinquapin, White, pink and red Dogwood, Crape Myrtle, Fern, Azalea, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Indian Hawthorne, Sweet Olive, Sago Palm, Mayhaw, Apple, Peach, Pear, Plum, Blueberry, Fig, Pecans, Paw-Paw and others.
The tree sale is the NSWCD's largest fund-raiser of the year. All proceeds benefit the community through sponsoring area projects including: conservation essay, and soil and water stewardship week, conservation education programs, forestry awareness and restoration of wildlife habitats.
For more information call 357-8366, ext 3, or email
benny.dobson@la.nacdnet.net or jd.cox@la.nacdnet.net . Go to our district website www.nswcd.org print out our pre-order form and mail to us 6949 Hwy 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

LSU AgCenter workshop on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles

An LSU AgCenter workshop on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture will be held March 16 at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the session will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This seminar is open to farmers, consultants and anyone else involved in crop production, forestry, nurseries and cattle operations.
Topics to be covered include federal rules and regulations, using an unmanned aerial vehicle for crop scouting, analysis of imaging data and options of different aircraft.
Demonstrations of drones in flight and processing software also will be conducted. For more information, contact LSU AgCenter agent Jimmy Flanagan at 337-967-2025 or


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

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.

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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