20th Annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum Scheduled

Ricky L. Kilpatrick, Coolman, Denise  |  4/22/2005 11:50:27 PM

News Release Distributed 2/16/04

SHREVEPORT – The LSU AgCenter will host the 20th Annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum March 11 at the Holiday Inn Airport Financial Plaza in Shreveport.

Ricky Kilpatrick, an LSU AgCenter forestry agent in Bossier Parish, said this year’s forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest in forestry research and how to make the best uses of forest crops.

"There is more consistency in forestry than in many other agricultural commodities," Kilpatrick said. "There will always be a need and demand for trees and forest products. The future is in our favor as we continue to grow trees faster – and as the market continues to find uses for smaller younger trees."

Topics to be discussed at the forestry forum include "Can I Make Money Growing Trees?," "The Future of Wood Utilization," "Marketing Small Diameter Trees," "Improving Young Loblolly Pine Nutrition" and "Trees – Biomass for Fuel?"

The fee for attending the Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum is $17 if paid before March 7 and $22 after that date. Lunch will be provided as part of the fee. For more information or to register, contact Kilpatrick at (318) 965-2326 or rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. March 11 and conclude at 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport Financial Plaza, which is located at 5555 Financial Plaza in Shreveport. Forestry is the state’s largest agricultural industry. According to the LSU AgCenter’s 2002 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Louisiana forestry industry meant more than $3.8 billion to the state’s economy that year.

Those attending the forum will qualify for 3.5 contact hours in Category I in the Society of American Foresters Continuing Education Program or 6 credit hours for the Louisiana Logging Council.

The Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Northwest Louisiana Extension Forestry Advisory Committee and the Ark-La-Tex Ag Council.

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Contact:   Ricky Kilpatrick at (318) 965-2326 or rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:     A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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