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A Trees and Trails Fun Hike has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon to celebrate Arbor Day at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge. It will support and promote educational programs conducted by the LSU AgCenter, the Burden Horticulture Society and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. I will plant a tree with Commissioner Mike Strain at 9:30 a.m. and then the fun begins with a 5-K Fun Hike. An entry fee of $5 for individuals or $10 for families will be used to support the Project Learning Tree program for school children conducted by the Burden Horticulture Society.

Participants also will be invited to plant a tree along the trail system as part of a reforestation project in the Burden woods. Individuals who plant trees will be given certificates with GPS coordinates so that they can monitor the growth of the trees they plant.

Come join me on Saturday at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center.

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On Jan. 13, the Revenue Estimating Conference met to discuss the current year revenue status and future year’s revenue projections. While revenue numbers appear to be improving in both the current budget cycle and for next year, the committee unanimously voted to leave revenue projections at their current levels. The committee will meet again in March or April to update and revise the revenue projections when more concrete revenue collections have been established.

We are relieved the outlook for the current year is positive, and the next few years appear to be improving.

Louisiana has stepped out ahead of all other states in the nation in helping farmers learn to voluntarily comply with stricter environmental standards governing water quality. This has happened because of the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program.

Another nine farmers will join the ranks of Louisiana's Master Farmers on Jan. 13, 2011, when they are recognized for this achievement at a ceremony in Bossier City as part of the annual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Altogether, 124 farmers will have earned this status, which means they have not only learned the latest in conservation practices, but they are implementing them on their farms.

Please visit the Master Farmer section of the LSU AgCenter website for additional information.

LSU AgCenter Chancellor Richardson
LSU AgCenter Chancellor Richardson.
Higher education in Louisiana is facing a financial crisis. Revenue shortfalls have left all institutions of higher education, including the LSU AgCenter, vulnerable to huge cuts. The AgCenter, unlike most of the other institutions, cannot raise student tuition and fees to help overcome these deficits. I will attempt to explain in this blog what proposed cuts will do to the services the AgCenter provides and point out some of the success stories and programs that have made a difference in the lives of Louisiana people. Please add comments to these messages to help us get feedback on what the LSU AgCenter has meant to you and what more we can do for you. We’re here to serve you.
Last Updated: 11/14/2012 8:54:14 AM

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