Carrie Mendoza, Merrill, Thomas A. | 3/7/2006 4:26:49 AM
The LSU AgCenter will offer a Master Farmer Model Farm Field Day March 23 in Ville Platte.
The field day is intended for rice and cattle producers from the Vermilion-Teche and Mermentau watersheds who are enrolled in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and Louisiana Master Cattle Producer Program. It will provide them with an opportunity to complete the second phase of those programs.
Topics to be covered during presentations include an overview of Kenneth Lahaye’s model farm and identification of water quality challenges and prescribed practices for rice and cattle operations, discussion of Hurricane Rita’s aftermath, premise identification for beef cattle, precision leveling, proper management of forage, conservation plan development and other conservation-related topics.
The field day will begin with registration from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Ville Platte Rice Dryer meeting room. To reach the meeting place, from Highway 29 in Ville Platte, turn south on Railroad Avenue and head toward the rice dryer bins. The meeting room will be on the left, and signs directing participants to the area also will be posted
To receive credit for the entire tour and field day, participants must register during that time frame, according to Carrie Mendoza, who coordinates the Master Farmer Program for the LSU AgCenter.
The field day will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation will sponsor a lunch at noon. Advance registration is requested to assist with lunch plans. That can be accomplished by phoning Kathryn Toups at (225) 578-7323.
For beef cattle producers unable to attend this field day, another field day is scheduled for May 12 at Craig Adam’s Model Farm in Kaplan, according to Mendoza.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture