Spring 2012 Newsletter

Don Labonte, Carney, Jr., William A.  |  10/10/2011 8:45:19 PM

EPA and the Louisiana Master Farmer Program

By Ernest Girouard, Coordinator, Louisiana Master Farmer Program

In July 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water sent a memo to all of its regional offices urging them to work with states to investigate a Certainty Framework for Agricultural Producers. While still in the investigation stages, this strategy by EPA, if adopted, would offer incentives to encourage producers to voluntarily comply with measures deemed to be effective at reducing nonpoint pollution runoff from agricultural enterprises.

EPA’s Office of Water has recently expressed great interest in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program, especially the “presumed compliance” incentive passed unanimously by the Louisiana Legislature in 2005 by Act 145. The office requested details from the LSU AgCenter about the Master Farmer Program and “presumed compliance” and will investigate how this may be exported to other states to be used as guidance or a template to develop similar programs around the nation.

Laboratory Services of the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center

By Shelly Martin

The laboratory at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center provides over 75 analyses for water, compost and biodiesel samples. Our lab gladly accepts samples from the general public, as well as academic, research, industrial and government-based clients. Our water quality analyses are performed using methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Compost samples are analyzed using the Test Methods for Evaluation of Compost and Composting provided by the U.S. Composting Council. Analytical services performed on biodiesel samples follow the methods of the American Society of Testing Materials.

Here you will find our current price list for all individual and packaged analyses available, as well as a guide for collecting and submitting water samples. Our chain of custody form should be filled out and submitted along with samples and payment. Samples can be dropped off at the lab anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mailed to us at the following address:

    W.A. Callegari Environmental Center
    1300 Dean Lee Drive
    Baton Rouge, LA 70820

If you have questions about our analyses or how to fill out and submit your paperwork and samples, laboratory personnel can be reached at 225-765-5155.

Price List
Water Sample Management & Collection Guide
General Chain of Custody Form

LSU AgCenter harnesses new pesticide coordinator

Kim Pope

By Kaitlyn Jones

The LSU AgCenter recently hired Georgia-born Kimberly “Kim” Pope as a W.A. Callegari Environmental Center extension associate and appointed her as the new Louisiana State Pesticide Safety Coordinator.

Pope attended Auburn University on an equestrian scholarship and lettered as a varsity athlete all four years of her education. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and soils and, subsequently, went to work as a research assistant for Alabama’s Pesticide Safety Education Program and Auburn’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.

“Since [Karen Nix’s] resignation, I have been working on learning the ropes of Louisiana, traveling the state, meeting people and speaking at and planning recertification/certification conferences. I have really enjoyed the Louisiana hospitality as I have gotten to know people throughout the state,” Pope said.

Pope’s responsibilities in the AgCenter include coordinating pesticide training around the state through the Cooperative Extension Service. She also expects to continue her pursuit of a master’s degree while at LSU and is eager to begin progress with her programs in Louisiana.

[Click here for the W.A. Callegari Pesticide Safety Education Program’s webpage.]

2011 Certified Master Farmers

The Louisiana Master Farmer Program honored its graduating class on January 12, 2012, at the annual convention of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts in Lafayette, La. Those receiving certification include: Jo Ann Calais of Acadia Parish, Cecil Ramagos Jr. of Iberville Parish, Robbie Howard of East Carroll Parish, Elliott Bizette of Pointe Coupee Parish, Keith Howard of East Carroll Parish, David Bergeron of Avoyelles Parish, Jack Dailey of Franklin Parish, Wesley Coffman of Vernon Parish, Cynthia LeBlanc of Calcasieu Parish, Danny Suggs of Claiborne Parish and Jerome Cantrelle of Lafourche Parish. Click here for photos of the newly certified Louisiana Master Farmers.

Ernest Girouard

Master Farmer Upcoming Trainings and Field Days

Phase I trainings are held each spring and fall, historically through distance education. The trainings have been taught from the Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria and broadcast to several sites, including the Red River Research Station, the Scott Center in Winnsboro and the Acadia Parish Extension Office in Crowley. In addition, individual parish trainings may be scheduled throughout the year.

Additional Phase I trainings:
NO additional trainings have been scheduled at this time. If you are interested in completing this phase of the program, contact your county agent and one will be scheduled at the earliest convenience.

Phase II Field Days:

Feb. 14 – David Robertson Farm, East Carroll Parish – 8:45 a.m. registration (crops and livestock)


May 5 – Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers/Iberia Research Station Field Day – Jeanerette – 8 a.m.
May 18 – Beef Cattle Field Day – Calcasieu Parish (More details to follow)
May 31 – Beef Cattle Field Day – Desoto Parish ( Joe Thomas' Farm) (More details to follow)
Late May/Early June – Beef Cattle Field Day – Calcasieu Parish (Jay Duhon's Farm) (More details to follow)


Early June – Pasture Walk – Morehouse Parish
8 – Row Crop Field Day – Tensas Parish – (Jay Hardwick's Farm)
14 – Northeast Research Station Field Day – St. Joe
28 – Rice Research Station Field Day – Crowley


10 – RiceTec/Master Farmer Rice Field Day – Smith Bro./Eric Unkel's Farm – Kinder (More details to follow)
12 – Dean Lee Research Station Field Day – Alexandria
Mid-July – RiceTec/Master Farmer Rice Field Day – Michael Hundley's Farm – Mowata
19 – Row Crop Field Day – (Charles Beaud Farm) – Pointe Coupee Parish


13 – Union Parish Pasture Walk (NRCS) (More details to follow)


2 – Calcasieu Parish Cattle Field Day (More details to follow)
8 – Bienville Parish Pasture Walk (NRCS)
12 – Vermilion Parish Cattle Field Day (More details to follow)

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