Anna Ribbeck – Louisiana State University (Foret-Meadows-Owings Scholarship Award)
Anna Ribbeck is a resident of Mandeville, La., and was born in Covington. She attended Foutainebleau High School and graduated in 2011. Anna will graduate from LSU in May 2016 in the environmental management curriculum in the plant and soil systems major. She has an overall 3.9 grade point average. Anna is an active member of the horticulture club and is a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta honor society at LSU. She has interned at the University of Tennessee Gardens and at Billy Heroman’s Flowers in Baton Rouge. Anna plans to pursue graduate degree work. Bob Mirabello at LSU writes that “she will be successful in any facet of horticulture she explores”. Anna Ribbeck was also selected as the LNLFSR Foret-Meadows-Owings Scholarship Award winner in 2014.
Mark Wilson – Louisiana State University (General Scholarship Award)
Mark Wilson lives in Gonzales, La., and is a graduate of University Lab School in Baton Rouge. Mark attended Baton Rouge Community College and then attended LSU where he graduated with a B.S. degree in 2012. He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in the horticulture curriculum of the plant and soil systems major. He is working with Ed Bush on nursery irrigation research. Mark has a 3.1 overall grade point average. While at LSU working on his B.S. degree, Mark served as president of the horticulture club. He worked at PolyDrip Irrigation Supply in Baton Rouge as horticulturist and irrigation consultant from 2012-2015. Bob Mirabello at LSU says “Mark has a passion for horticulture.” Mark Wilson was also selected as a LNLFSR Scholarship Award winner in 2011.
The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association would like to introduce you to this new semi-annual newsletter, made possible by USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding through Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. It is directed towards licensed or permitted horticulturists in the ornamentals and turf industry in Louisiana.
This newsletter provides you with up-to-date information on various topics affecting the ornamentals and turf industry, including marketing of products and services. It will also include announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to you as an industry professional.
There will be 3 more issues scheduled for January and July 2016 and January 2017. In the last issue, we will ask you to fill out a short survey about whether these newsletters were helpful to you and increased your knowledge about ornamentals and turf and the industry.
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Serving the "Green Industry" in Mississippi since 1964
Mid South Green Industry Conference
June 23 & 24
MSU Campus, Starkville, MS
Applications can now be found on our website -- http://msnla.org/msnla/green-industry-conf/
The 2015 conference will be more product focused. It will include annuals, perennials, and woodies; with information for both wholesalers and retailers!
Plus, a tour of the Mississippi State Trial Gardens and the MSU Turf Program!
Sign Up Early to Get the Discount Registration Price!
For the 2014 crop year, crop insurance programs administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) covered over $1 billion in crop liability for Louisiana growers. The state had over 8,000 policies in force for 2014, and these policies covered over 2.8 million Louisiana crop acres. Many of Louisiana’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was nearly $18,000.
Many Louisiana nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations. During 2014, some Louisiana nursery operations were covered by the program; combined, the liability coverage for these nursery operations totaled over $22 million.
So, how will you manage risk in 2015? Louisiana nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA’s Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2015.
Producers planning to start (or modify) coverage should contact a crop insurance agent immediately to meet the May 1 sales closing deadline and learn of other key program dates and reporting requirements.
A crop insurance agent directory is available on the RMA website at www.RMA.USDA.gov . The RMA website also offers many other useful tools, including a premium calculator, extensive program descriptions, and a variety of educational materials. A nursery program fact sheet is available at www.rma.usda.gov/pubs/rme/nursery.pdf.
Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and serviced by private crop insurance companies. Custom Ag Solutions works with RMA and other partner organizations to educate Louisiana producers about risk management and Federal crop insurance programs. To receive information by mail, call CAS at 877-227-8094. USDA, RMA, and CAS are equal opportunity providers.
LSU Faculty Club (now The Club at LSU Union Square)
(Corner of Highland Road & Raphael Semmes, Parking in back and by Law School)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Join us for an evening of fun, food, and fund-raising for scholarships and research to benefit our industry in Louisiana.
Featuring: Social Time with Horticulture Celebrities, Silent & Live Auctions, Live Piano Music, Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres starting at 6:30, Dinner at 8:00.