Thursday, May 28
Wednesday, May 27
• Self-powered light sources, such as flashlights and candles;
• Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, and weather-band radios;
• Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting;
• Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits;
• Gas or diesel fuel tanks;
• Batteries – AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt (automobile batteries and boat batteries are not eligible);
• Cellular phone batteries and chargers;
• Non-electric food storage coolers;
• Portable generators;
• Storm shutter devices – Materials and products manufactured, rated, and marketed specifically for the purposes of preventing window damage from storms (La. R.S. 47:305.58);
• Carbon monoxide detectors;
• Blue ice products.
The 2009 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday does not extend to hurricane-preparedness items or supplies purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complexes.
The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is an annual event. The 2009 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.
Thursday, May 14
MIG is a grazing system where the animals are allowed to graze small portions of the pasture for short periods of time while other areas recover. The workshop, which includes lunch, a workshop manual, and a DVD on management intensive grazing, is free for county agents and other agriculture professionals. Farmers are also invited to participate.
Sign-in begins at and the workshop will begin at Morning sessions include visits to the Center’s Experiment Station and two farms where management intensive grazing is practiced. During the afternoon session, Ron Morrow of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register for the workshop by contacting: James McNitt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (225) 771-2262 x 270, Carl Motsenbocker at email@example.com or (225) 578-1036, and Emily Neustrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 578-1037.
The workshop is sponsored by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program. For more information, contact McNitt at (225) 771-2242 ext. 270.
Tuesday, May 12
The Southern University Ag Center's family and human development office will present a one-hour workshop on emergency preparedness, May 20, at the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, 232 S. Liberty St., in Opelousas. Stacey Nevills, parent educator, will explain weather bulletin information, evacuation processes, and post emergency procedures. The May 20 workshop begins at 6 p.m.
Seating is limited to the first 25 participants.
A second workshop is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Southwest Center. To register or for more information, contact Nevills at (337) 943-2410 or email@example.com.
Monday, May 11
One of the most memorable experiences from this year's Livestock and Poultry Show was the participation of a local church congregation in the Junior Auction. The church, Mount Zion First Baptist, purchased the Grand Champion and an additional three steers, four lambs, and three hogs. This Saturday (May 9), The Advocate featured the church's support of the Ag Center's Show in the article, Church buys livestock for charity work. Read it at http://www.2theadvocate.com/features/faith/44612972.html
Proper hand washing has proven to be the most effective way to protect yourself against viruses, staph infections, colds, and even food contamination, but many people still don't wash their hands or don't wash them properly. Improving hand hygiene can stop the spread of germs and illnesses. Ag Center researcher Fatemeh Malekian, Ph.D., shares six steps for proper hand washing to keep you healthy. Read steps and see photos for proper hand washing at
Friday, May 1
Small business owners can find business start-up information, forms, and success stories online on the new website for the Center for Rural and Small Business Development. Designed by a small business client of the center, the website is user-friendly with a calendar of training events, SBA applications, and IRS forms. Visit the site at www.suagcenter.com.
For more information, contact Gloria London, director, Center for Rural and Small Business Development, at (225) 771-2242 ext. 327 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Eual Hall, business development specialist, at email@example.com.