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September 30, 2013

Deadline Fast Approaches For Farm Bill

According to Texas A&M economist Steven Klose, the trick to talking about the farm bill is trying to find something new to say about a process that has been dragging on for more than two years.  Speaking at the Southern Region Agricultural Outlook Conference in Atlanta, Klose pointed out due to market conditions, current farm policy hasn't played a large role recently. "We haven't talked about loan rates for a while now and counter-cyclical payments are pretty much out of the picture right now.  There's a big perception because of the recent run-up in commodity prices, we no longer need that safety net." In addition, some members of congress are working on a farm bill for the first time and they're doing it in an environment that doesn't make it easy.  The Congressional Budget Office projects if the mandatory programs of the 2008 farm bill were to continue, they would cost $973 billion over the next ten years. If enacted, the senate passed farm bill would reduce this baseline by $17.9 billion over ten years, of which $13.90 billion is attributed to agricultural programs and $4 billion to nutrition programs.  The house passed bill, which does not have a nutrition title, would reduce the agriculture portion of the baseline by $12.9 billion.  A lot of work to be done in a very, very short period of time.  And Klose also believes we'll be at this exact same spot come December 31st.

Ag In The Classroom Classes

The 2013 Ag in the Classroom workshops are continuing.   "Farming the Core" is the theme for this year's workshops.  These hands-on workshops will include Mathematics and English Language Arts lessons and activities correlated to the Common Core Standards.  Also being introduced this year is a new lesson unit, "Drip's Trip:  The Journey of a Droplet of Water down the Mississippi River".  Drip's Trip is primarily a social studies unit that traces a drop of water's journey down the Mississippi River to learn about the agricultural diversity that exists in the states along the river.  

Workshops are free, but you must pre-register.  All educator's in attendance will receive a wealth of materials including lesson plans, activities and much more.  Certificates of attendance documenting continuing learning units (CLU's) will be provided.  Louisiana Ag in the Classroom cannot guarantee that local education agencies or other organizations will accept these CLU's for credit.  Workshops are geared primarily for grades K-8, but all educators arewelcome to attend.  All workshops will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a light meal.  

To attend, simply select the workshop that is the most convenient for you and click on the word "register" at the bottom of the page.

2013 Workshops

10/01/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Library
2920 Hwy. 51, Laplace 70068

10/03/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lomax Hall
Louisiana Tech, Ruston 71270

10/08/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Calcasieu AgCenter
Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles 70607

10/09/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Landry School Board Office
1013 Creswell Lane, Opelousas 70570

10/14/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lafayette Farm Bureau
101 Toledo Drive, Lafayette 70506

10/15/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Acadia Farm Bureau
21130 Crowley Eunice Hwy, Crowley 70526

10/29/2014 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sabine Farm Bureau
575 Hwy 171 Bypass, Many 71449

10/30/2013 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Natchitoches Farm Bureau
1911 South Drive, Natchitoches 71457

Third Time Timber Theft

61-year old David Lubas of Greenwood has been charged for the third time in less than two months for theft by fraud of timber. He's been booked into the Claiborne Parish jail. Lubas was also arrested twice in August for alleged timber thefts in Desoto Parish. According to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Lubas would tell landowners he had received bids for timber on their property when, in reality, he had sold the timber for a higher price and pocketed the difference. To report a timber theft, contact the LDAF at (225) 925-4500.

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