Export training course scheduled July 16, 17

An export training course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 16-17 at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The course is for business managers, marketing and sales staff who are new to exports or need export training.

The cost is $125. For information, contact Marisol Canedo at (504) 722-7894 or mcanedo@ldec.org.

Seminar scheduled on franchising trends

A free seminar titled “Franchise Megatrends: Is Franchise Ownership a Realistic Career Alternative for You?” is being held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 15 at the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., in Covington.

The seminar is being sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and co-sponsored by the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, SCORE and the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.

Topics include franchise megatrends; misconceptions about types and costs of franchises; how to own a business without running daily operations; how to conduct a structured, safe search for the right franchise; and if franchise ownership can bring control of a financial future and personal schedule.

Registration is limited to 15. Those registered by July 10 can take a free business ownership assessment online and receive a 10-page report before the seminar.

For information, call (985) 892-3216. Online registration is available at www.lsbdc.org.

LaSPACE receives NASA, state funding

Three multiyear funding awards from NASA have been presented to LaSPACE to support space-related research development and higher education programs in Louisiana.

Over the next three years, Louisiana will receive $2.5 million from NASA, plus about $1.9 million from the state Board of Regents Support Fund.

LaSPACE manages NASA’s Space Grant and its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, programs.

LaSPACE is administered by a team of professionals based at lead institution LSU, which invests an additional $225,000. LaSPACE programs fund projects primarily for students in higher education and university-based, NASA-related research, with some secondary support for K-12 teacher development and public outreach.

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant, first awarded to Louisiana in 1991, will bring in about $1.4 million from NASA over three years, plus a $750,000 state match for programs at 29 affiliated member institutions.

NASA EPSCoR administers two major competitions from which Louisiana proposals were selected for funding.

A proposal titled “Developing Aerospace Research in Louisiana” will bring in $375,000 of NASA funding, with a one-to-one match from the Board of Regents. The bulk of the $750,000 award will be dispersed to faculty researchers on campuses around the state on a competitive basis.

A proposal that measures gamma-rays generated by thunderstorm lightning will bring in $750,000 from NASA over three years, also with a one-to-one match from the Board of Regents. The goal of the project is to understand the formation and evolution of lightning-producing storms that can become a part of climate models and predictive systems.

Row crop field day planned in Alexandria

The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host its annual row crop field day July 9.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. 71. Tours will follow at 8:45 a.m.

An indoor program with updates from AgCenter administrators will begin at 11:20 a.m. and conclude with lunch at noon.

Field tour topics include disease, weed and insect pest management; cotton and corn agronomy research; integration of cover crops; soybean seeding rates; and potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture.

The Dean Lee Research and Extension Center is located off U.S. 71 near LSU of Alexandria. For information, contact Daniel Stephenson at (318) 473-6590 or dstephenson@agcenter.lsu.edu.