Black farmers field day set for July 22 in Morehouse Parish

(05/20/16) BASTROP, La. – The Morehouse Parish Black Farmers and Landowners Association, Southern University and the LSU AgCenter will hold their annual field day on July 22.

The Black Farmers Field Day will be held at Harper Armstrong’s farm at 5821 Mer Rouge Road in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Attendees will be able to look at soybean, corn and sunflower test plots, said Odis Hill, an extension agent with the LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center.

“We want to try and give the farmers additional income as far as recreation, since Louisiana is a big recreation state,” said Hill. “So if they had some little short rows where they could plant sunflower seeds along the power line, maybe they could earn some additional income for a dove hunt.”

Adam Tullos, an extension associate in Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University, will share information on using land for recreational purposes like hunting, fishing and agritourism. He will also demonstrate use of food plots in the field.

AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch will discuss using land for recreation to generate supplemental income. She will talk about how the agritourism limited liability law can protect landowners when injuries occur through no fault of the landowner on agritourism operations.

New Holland Equipment personnel will demonstrate new tractors.

“We’ll also have the youth help demonstrate the equipment, like run the GPS and do some row planting,” Hill said. “These youth are actually active on the Morehouse Parish black farmers’ farms.”

AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson will talk about controlling ryegrass and pigweed, and AgCenter engineer Stacia Davis will talk about irrigation.

Lunch will be provided after the program at the AgCenter office in Bastrop.

For more information on the field day or to register, contact Odis Hill at, 318-281-5741 or 318-237-3517 (cellphone).

5/20/2016 7:19:56 PM
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