Since its inception over seven years ago, 2300 agricultural producers have participated in the first environmental stewardship program offered through a cooperative conservation effort among Louisiana State University Ag Center, Farm Bureau Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Louisiana Cattlemen's Association and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. This program was designed for producers, regardless of commodity, to learn about local and national environmental issues, such as Total Maximum Daily Loads and Nonpoint Source Pollution, and how they can address these issues on their own farms. This voluntary certification program consists of three phases:
• Phase I: 8 hours of environmental lecture
• Phase II: Touring a “model farm” where BMPs are installed
• Phase III: Develop and implement a comprehensive conservation plan on farming operation
The LSU AgCenter and NRCS will be offering Phase I training through distance learning education. The class will be taught and offered at the following sites and times around the state. Producers must attend two 4-hour blocks for completion of this phase, depending upon their primary commodity. All Producers must attend the Nov. 11th session. Then you may make a choice on the second day, if you prefer the session on crops (agronomic) or the session on cattle. If you wish you may attend both.
Some of you may have attended the field day held in our parish earlier this summer, but remember you must complete this Phase 1 session to receive credit on your EQIP program application. If multiple commodities are produced, then it is up to the producer which training he/she attends. Please contact Donna Morgan, LSU AgCenter, at 318-613-9278 with any questions.
Louisiana Master Farmer Phase I Training Schedule
1st 4 hours
2nd 4 hours
2nd 4 hours
Camp Gran Walker, Pollock
Red River Research Station, Bossier
West Carroll Parish Extension Office
Oak Grove, LA