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Wed
18
Aug

LSU AgCenter offers financial, marketing training for new farmers

LSU AgCenter offers financial, marketing training for new farmers

(The LSU AgCenter has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Southern Extension Risk Management Education (SERME) to cater to the needs of beginning horticulture farm operators.

In a survey conducted by the Louisiana Young Farmers Coalition, members identified several marketing and financial topics of great need for beginning farmer training, including business management, marketing, enterprise diversification and record keeping.

This program will offer a series of webinars, hands-on workshops and farm tours to train new farmers, making them more resilient to risk, particularly in the areas of finance and marketing.

Wed
11
Aug

Ebarb, Tipton wed at annual Choctaw-Apache powwow

Ebarb, Tipton wed at annual Choctaw-Apache powwow

April 24 was a very special day for Choctaw-Apache tribal member Joe Ebarb, as he wed Mava Tipton. 

 

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Wed
04
Aug

BOM sponsors Sabine Sweetees

BOM sponsors Sabine Sweetees

BOM is a sponsor of the Sabine Parish Sweetee Team. They will be traveling to compete in the World Series this weekend. In the photo from left to right: BOM’s Tiffany Miller, Ansley Byles, and BOM’s Savannah Garcie.

Wed
04
Aug

Rocker Nina Diaz to perform this weekend

Rocker Nina Diaz to perform this weekend

Nina Diaz

San Antonio rock artist Nina Diaz will perform at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. The performance is part of the 2021 NSU Folklife Concert Series, a series of six Saturday concerts in July and August. The concerts will highlight different folk musical traditions with a 45-minute music set followed by interviews with the musicians and an audience Q&A. Admission is free and open to the general public.

The series concludes August 14 when Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) will perform Balkan music from New Orleans and Bulgaria. In addition to the music performances, folk artists will demonstrate and sell traditional crafts on each day of the series.

 

 

Wed
28
Jul

City Bank sponsors Louisiana Darlings

City Bank sponsors Louisiana Darlings

City Bank is proud to sponsor the Louisiana Darlings Softball Team of Sabine Parish. 

 

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Wed
28
Jul

BOM supports Sabine Dixie Youth 6U All Star team

BOM supports Sabine Dixie Youth 6U All Star team

Bank of Montgomery is proud to sponsor the Sabine Dixie Youth 6U All Star Baseball Team.

 

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Wed
14
Jul

Beat the rain with container-grown vegetables

Beat the rain with container-grown vegetables

Vegetables such as tomatoes can be very productive in containers. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

With the historic rains this spring and summer, we’ve doubled — and in some cases tripled — the average for several places in Louisiana. It is no wonder some of our plants, yards and gardens are suffering. We’ve already reached 78% of the annual amount of rain, with another half a year to go.

With that rain comes many issues for all sorts of plants, especially our vegetables. If you planted in the ground with saturated soils and poor drainage, you may have already lost your tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Even in raised beds like the ones I use at my home, my tomatoes are toast.

Wed
23
Jun

Take advantage of trial garden evaluations

Take advantage of trial garden evaluations

The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station hosts the state’s official trial gardens. LSU AgCenter file photo by Ashley Edwards

Take advantage of trial garden evaluations

Plant trial gardens such as the trial gardens at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, feature new cultivars for evaluation and are often open to the public. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

Take advantage of trial garden evaluations

Some large growers have their own trial gardens open to the public, such as Young’s Plant Farm in Auburn, Alabama. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

I recently visited a few trial gardens across the South to see what’s new in the ornamental plant world. I saw some wonderful plants and got excited about some of the up-and-coming cultivars being tested for use in the landscape.

Trial gardens provide us important information about growth habits of new plants varieties and how they perform in different USDA hardiness zones. They feature new and improved cultivars, usually achieved through plant breeding. In some cases, entirely new plants are evaluated. The gardens provide useful data for plant breeders, growers and consumers alike.

There are many types of trial gardens. There are those run by plant breeders, large companies, public gardens and, of course, land-grant universities such as the LSU AgCenter. Testing organizations such as All-America Selections coordinate trial gardens in more than 40 locations across the United States and Canada. No doubt, trial gardens can be found in just about every country.

Wed
09
Jun

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Tour guide and historian Rickey Robertson tells the tour group about the Merritt Cemetery located on Peason Ridge. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Part of the large tour group who attended the Peason Ridge Heritage Tour on March 27th. (Robertson Collection)

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General David Doyle and Tour Gide Rickey Robertson address the tour group at Avelino Drop Zone on Peason Ridge. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

The tour group got to visit the Wolf Cave located on Peason Ridge where Native Americans. Settlers, and travelers could obtain shelter. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

The main training area on Peason Ridge is the large SACON Live Fire Village. 9Robertson Collection)

Saturday March 27t, 2021h was a spring morning with some light misty rain, but a great day for the annual Peason Ridge Heritage Tour sponsored by the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and the Cultural Resources Section at Fort Polk. Each year those folks interested in traveling throughout Peason Ridge gather and go and see and visit many of the historical sites , old home sites, and training areas located on this vast area located in Natchitoches, Sabine, and Vernon Parishes. And it is an area that is filled with history dating back to the Native Americans who first settled here and from the days of the Louisiana Purchase when settlers and homesteaders began to arrive and carve out farms. Many people remember the stories of the day’s of the “No Man’s Land or Free State” and Peason Ridge is located right in the heart of this area.

Wed
02
Jun

City Bank assists with Older Americans Month Celebration

City Bank assists with Older Americans Month Celebration

Jamie Vincent attended the Sabine Council on Aging’s Older Americans Month Celebration held on Tuesday, May 25th at Cypress Bend Park. 

 

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