Ag Expo Forestry Forum set for Jan. 18 in West Monroe

Karol Osborne  |  11/20/2018 3:10:41 PM

(11/20/18) WEST MONROE, La. — The 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum will be held at the West Monroe Convention Center Jan. 18.

“The program will cover a wide range of topics, all of which are important to area timberland owners, forestry consultants and industry partners,” said LSU AgCenter forest and wildlife agent Luke Stamper.

The AgCenter and the Northeast Louisiana Agri-Business Council are sponsoring the forum. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the meeting is from 8:30 until noon.

Monroe attorney and tree farmer Paul Spillers will review tax topics for timberland owners, and Buck Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, will provide forest industry updates.

AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger will cover timber market opportunities for northeast Louisiana, and AgCenter wildlife specialist Ashley Long will discuss wildlife management.

AgCenter forestry specialist Michael Blazier will present information on The Morehouse Project, a new venture to enhance the health of northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas forests.

Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist Kevin Norton will review the farm bill, and NRCS state forester Rick Williams will discuss tree value, harvesting and forestry best management practices.

Kim Tolson will review activities of the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force. Tolson is a professor of biology at the University of Louisiana Monroe and serves as the chairman of the task force.

Early registration is $15 by Jan. 11. Registration is $20 at the door. One adult admission to Ag Expo is included in the fee.

Checks should be made payable to Catahoula ANR and mailed to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 160, Harrisonburg, LA 71340. Include “Forestry Forum” on the memo line.

The West Monroe Convention Center is located at 901 Ridge Ave.

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