Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:41
La. Women in Agriculture at LaSAS; Tunica-Biloxi host basket-weaving workshop
The Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences (LaSAS), located in the Bayhills on La. Hwy 115 between Hessmer and Bunkie.
The annual event will include representatives from several organizations, as well as individual farmers and ranchers from around Louisiana.
Attendance is by registration only. Registration must be by check or cash and is $20. For more information, contact Angle Fogleman at 240-0107.
Dr. Carrie Castille, assistant deputy secretary of agriculture, will be the keynote speaker.
Other topics and speakers will include Dora Ann Hatch of the LSU AgCenter Agri-tourism program, speaking on agri-tourism; Candis Voorhies of New Roads will present a Natural Conservation Service update; Kaitie Ramagos Sistrunk will discuss the Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Program; Alonda McCarthy of Ducks Unlimited will explore the issue of how wildlife and agriculture can flourish together; Theresa Mathews will speak about the Farm Service Agency; Mark Galyean, director of the La. Small Business Development Center Northwest and Central Region, will talk about how the LSBDC can assist producers; Clarence Hawkins, state director of the USDA Rural Development, will explain value-added producer grants and the Rural Energy for America Program; Deborah Cross-Young , state coordinator of Annie’s Project, will discuss that program and risk management for women in agriculture.
The Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program will sponsor a river cane basket weaving workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the tribe’s Culture & Educational Resources Center in Marksville.
The event is open to the public and free of charge. However, space is limited and those interested must register in advance by contacting John Barbry at 240-6412.
Refreshments and lunch will be served.
Master weavers Leonard Battise of the Coushatta Tribe, John Paul Darden of the Chitimacha Tribe and Tom Colvin of Mandeville will be guest demonstrators.
The workshop is funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service’s Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative.