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La. Farm Bureau/Radio Network‏

February 18, 2014


Field Days Are Just Around The Corner

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 14 field days at off-campus research stations during 2014.

Dates and locations are as follows:

March 8, Spring Acadiana Beef Cattle Field Day at the Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette.

April 16, Wheat and Oat Field Day at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.

April 29, Northwest Beef and Forage Field Day at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer.

May 3, Habitat Management for White-tailed Deer at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, Clinton.

May 21, Fruit and Vegetable Growers Field Day at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.

June 5, Nursery Industry Open House at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.

June 17, Northeast Research Station Pest and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph.

June 21, Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.

June 25, 105th Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley.

July 10, Northeast Region Field Crop Tour at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.

July 16, Sugarcane Field Day at the Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel.

July 17, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria.

Aug. 7, Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.

Oct. 9, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.

Details on times and topics covered will be available closer to the dates.


Public Comments Requested From EPA

EPA is announcing the availability of two draft guidance documents for public comment. These documents describe how off-site spray drift will be evaluated for ecological and human health risk assessments for pesticides. EPA is seeking to strengthen its protections for people and the environment from exposure to pesticides that drift from fields to nearby areas, including homes, schools and playgrounds. The Agency has a long-standing history of robust, routine assessments on every chemical to protect consumers from pesticide risks from treated food, workers who apply pesticides, and consumers who use pesticides in and around homes. These new approaches add to these routine assessments and will allow the Agency to estimate off-site drift, another step to protect communities living near fields where crops are grown from these exposures.
The January 29, 2014, Federal Register Notice specifically seeks public input on these approaches that include:

a policy for conducting human health risk assessments associated with the potential for exposure from off-site drift during pesticide applications and an updated method for estimating environmental exposures associated with spray drift.

The 60-day public comment period will close on March 31, 2014. Following the public comment period, EPA will analyze the comments, make appropriate modifications to these policies and finalize them. The policies will then be used in pesticide risk assessment. For more information, see Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0676-0001 at www.regulations.gov


Administration to Speed Implementation of Farm Bill Disaster Program

President Obama has directed USDA to implement the farm bill's livestock disaster programs within 60 days. The assistance will help those ranchers in the Dakotas and other places that have faced winter weather challenges. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the programs are expected to provide 100-million dollars in assistance to California ranchers and more than a billion dollars nationwide. A White House fact sheet shows that producers will be able to sign up for the livestock disaster programs for losses experienced in 2012, 2013 and 2014 beginning in April. The program will pay farmers and ranchers for lost animals and provide money for them to purchase feed. According to Vilsack - farmers should be paid shortly after they sign up. In addition - Vilsack says the Administration is providing 15-million dollars in conservation assistance for the most extreme and exceptional drought areas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Five-million of the additional assistance will go to California - with 10-million available for drought-impacted areas in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico. The assistance helps farmers and ranchers implement practices that conserve scarce water resources, reduce wind erosion on drought-impacted fields and improve livestock access to water.


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