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When buying plants, make sure to consider the plant hardiness zones. This will give the range of temperatures that are suited to our weather here.
Use what you have to make your own compost pile, such as leaves, sticks, grass clippings, fruit waste and vegetable peelings.
The forest products industry contributes to each parish economy in several ways, including jobs, wages and purchases in the local economies.
Visiting a Christmas tree farm is a fun way to choose your own tree and have family time together. Take some steps in caring for your tree so it lasts longer.
To enjoy your favorite camellia this season, try waxing your flower's bloom to preserve its beauty. This can be done through a simple process.
Louisiana has lots of Christmas tree farms so you are sure to find that perfect tree for the holidays. With proper care you can extend the life of your tree.
Tourists to Louisiana are directed to destinations through hiking, golf, paddling, culinary and nature, which are just a very few. The tourism offices must publicize these designated trails in order to bring an interest to visit our state through these avenues.
With more people visiting farms and having no knowledge of the dangers, safety issues are being created.
End the summer by taking the family on a visit to learn how to ride a horse, local farms, wineries, or road-side stands to make memories for the whole family.
Agritourism is a good way to get the family together and provide an opportunity to explore summer jobs for the children.
Database makes business easier to connect with other farmers, ranchers, fisheries, buyers, restaurants and wineries.
Because of lawsuits on private property, a new law has been passed to limit the liability of an agritourism professional for injuries that occur through no fault of the agritourism professional.
With warmer weather approaching, take this time to enjoy the small town atmosphere. Two places of interest to visit is the Jonquil Jubilee Festival in Gibsland and nature photography classes at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe.
There are many places of interest in our state, such as traveling along the Mississippi River from Louisiana to Minnesota. Farm life is another area that is becoming popular and can provide educational experiences on how farms use their dairy to provide products to area markets.
It is a good idea to know how to check for bed bugs to avoid an infestation.
A serious problem facing many people today is the infestation of bed bugs. Be aware of ways you could bring them into your home without realizing it.
The fun of picking out that special Christmas tree is fun for the whole family. Christmas tree farms now offer more than just tree selection, such as petting zoos, duck races, and wagon rides.
Rock Ranch in Georgia began offering tours of their ranch to school and church groups to help them understand values.
Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. are practicing sustainable agriculture and are using agritourism to fulfill these accomplishments.
A popular and unique choice for wedding parties is the idea of having their wedding on a farm.
Possible alternatives to the prescribed burning practice are underway with a number of research projects. A class will be held for land owners and land managers to become certified at no cost.
A suggestion for the new year would be to stay close to home and visit some of the places near to you. Louisiana has a lot to offer here at home.
Information for landowners will provide information on supplemental income opportunities using the natural resources they already have. Topics will benefit local governments and tourism organizations, as well as the private land owner.
Picking berries is a good source of summer fun and can transform into a day camp. Parents look for opportunities in the summer months for their children to learn and have fun, while the landowner can profit by having the berries picked, sorted and stored.
Young people can learn responsibility and good character traits by having the opportunity to raise and show livestock through 4-H.
Farmers markets are good choices for supplementing income by using resources that are already available. Since it is very competitive, one must be able to market the produce in a way that is unique and unlike everything else that is available.
Agritourism landowners are finding ways to make extra money by using their farms as an alternative cash crop. Tour guides, farm stores, and souvenirs are ideas that can generate cash using the resources you have from the land you already own.
Paddling has become a growing popular recreation. It offers not only exercise, but an escape to the outdoors to enjoy the birds, wildlife and woodlands.
To help forest landowners maximize agritourism opportunities, a workshop is being offered Shreveport on March 16, 2012, at the Holiday Inn, 5555 Financial Plaza in Shreveport, La., to explain how to manage legal risk on agricultural lands.
Christmas tree farms open the day after Thanksgiving and continue to sell trees until Christmas Eve. Select a place that offers trees and entertainment for the family. Many of us are online shoppers and that’s a great place to search for a Christmas tree farm.
Agritourism is growing in Louisiana and many farmers are diversifying their operations to include education and entertainment for visitors. Farmers have always shown their farming operations to guests visiting their farms, but today farmers are charging for these services.
The easiest way to control weeds in a pond starts during pond construction. If you are thinking of building a new pond, there is ample information available to help you succeed. But, for those of you that already have ponds let’s talk about aquatic weeds.
Interested in creating a new outdoor sports business? Then come to the two-day workshop on Sept. 28-29, 2011, entitled, “Paddling and Canoeing Business Opportunities and Leasing for Profit on Your Farm,” at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, La. The program is offered by Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program.
The Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit will be held in Oak Grove, La. from August 9-11, 2011, at the Jason Lingo Center. This summit is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi counties, the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service.One can learn about how to market and brand their areas to attract tourists during this summit to be held on August, 9-11, 2011, in Oak Grove, La.
Farm stays are the newest idea in agritourism within the United States. People are paying to stay on the farm and do farm chores. This new idea helps the farmer with crop harvests and provides supplemental income to his operation while providing the visitor with fun and an opportunity to experience agriculture.
With gasoline prices still over $3 a gallon a stay-cation might be the right choice for some families. Louisiana has six wineries listed on Louisiana MarketMaker, a new website that links producer to consumer.
Winning customers over takes time but can be financially rewarding. In this article you'll find tips on how to engage customers, exceed customer expectations and more.
Expect lots of competition at the farmers market this year. That’s why you might want to consider adding something to your stand, like flowers.
My last news article was devoted to starting and running a farmers market. Today, I want to share some ways that farmers markets and roadside stands can attract consumers.
The LSU AgCenter has received a $115,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to facilitate efforts to make the northeast Louisiana Mississippi River parishes a premiere nature tourism destination based on un-exploited natural resources and has formed an ecotourism advisory group in northeast Louisiana.
The mentor-based experience introduces high school junior and senior students to the options available to them in the areas of food and fiber production and encourages them to become involved in production agriculture
The best way to provide locally grown foods is through farmers’ markets, roadside stands or farm stores.January is the perfect time of year to begin planning a farmers’ market.
Historical information about what was on the menu in 1621 and on how turkey came to be the main course for Thanksgiving dinners.
Agritourism gives children and their parents an opportunity to visit a working farm or other agricultural enterprise. Learn more about agritourism here and about an upcoming workshop in Northeast Louisiana.
MarketMaker offers buyers a convenient Internet search tool to locate products they want, either directly from producers or through some other channel. MarketMaker is free to buyers and sellers thanks to the sponsorship of the Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Farm Bureau, and the LSU AgCenter.
Reflections on how habitual conveniences can be contrary to "going green."
Illustration of soil sampling procedure.