Master Farmer Phase I training offered in north Louisiana March 5-7

Irvin Hendrix, Morgan, Donna S., Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  3/4/2008 8:51:49 PM

News Release Distributed 02/27/08

Master Farmer Phase I training via distance learning will be offered by the LSU AgCenter on March 5-7 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sites available for producers in north Louisiana include the Scott Research and Extension Education Center in Winnsboro, West Carroll Parish Extension Office in Oak Grove, Red River Research Station in Bossier City and the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock.

“Producers are to attend two of the three sessions,” said Donna Morgan, LSU AgCenter area agent in Alexandria. “If they’re crop producers, they attend the March 5 and 6 sessions. And if they’re cattle producers, they attend the March 5 and 7 sessions.”

Cattle producers attending the March 5 session at the Grant Walker site are to switch to the Dean Lee Research and Extension Station in Alexandria for the March 7 session, Morgan said.

All participants must attend the first day of training regardless of commodities produced to learn about local and national environmental issues and how these can be addressed on their individual farms, said James Hendrix, LSU AgCenter extension agent in St. Joseph.

“Producers can select one of the two remaining days to attend based on specific commodities produced on their operation,” Hendrix said. “March 6 will be dedicated to agronomic production, and March 7 will focus on cattle production.”

Producers must attend at least two of the training sessions to complete Phase I training, Hendrix said.

The Louisiana Master Farmer Program is a certification program established seven years ago to help agricultural producers voluntarily address the environmental concerns related to production agriculture. Another goal of the program is the enhancement of production and resource management skills critical for the continued viability of Louisiana agriculture, Morgan said.

To become a certified Master Farmer, participants must complete the three phases of the program. Phase I involves eight hours of environmental classes. Phase II involves attending a model farm field day where best management practices are in place. Phase III involves the development and implementation of a comprehensive conservation plan on the farming operation. This is done through the Louisiana Natural Resources and Conservation Service.

For more information on this training or the Louisiana Master Farmer Program, contact Hendrix at (318) 766-3320, or jhendrix@agcenter.lsu.edu, or Morgan at (318) 473-6521, or dmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Contacts: James Hendrix at (318) 766-3320, or jhendrix@agcenter.lsu.edu

Donna S. Morgan at (318) 473-6521, or dsmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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