Cancer Society seeks Acadiana nominees

The American Cancer Society is accepting nominations in Acadiana until April 29 for its 2016 American Cancer Society Spirit of Hope Awards.

Recipients will be recognized at an announcement party in July and at the American Cancer Society Black and White Gala at The Victorian on Aug. 27.

Nominees should be involved in community outreach in the Acadiana area and be an American Cancer Society advocate dedicated to wellness, education and quality of life.

Completed forms can be sent to Spirit of Hope Award Committee, American Cancer Society, 1604 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 203, Lafayette, LA 70508; faxed to (337) 237-6907; or emailed to camille.breaux@cancer.org.

Dickey’s Barbecue opens in Lafayette

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has opened at 111 Old Camp Road in the Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette.

The owner/operator is Lee Waskom, who operates a location in his home town of Natchitoches.

The phone number is (337) 806-9400.

Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey serving slow-smoked Texsas-style barbecue. The fast-casual chain has expanded to more than 540 locations in 43 states.

State Lantern Award nominations sought

Louisiana’s economic development department is accepting nominations until April 22 for the 2016 Lantern Awards.

The awards are presented annually to outstanding manufacturers from each of Louisiana’s eight regional planning and development districts. Award winners are chosen for their excellence in manufacturing and their community involvement during the three years prior to the nomination.

Nomination packets are available at the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts’ website, www.lapdd.org. Packets nominating a manufacturer should be returned to the corresponding planning district office. Anyone may nominate a manufacturer for the award.

Awards will be presented June 7 at a reception in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.

The Lantern Awards are a partnership between LED, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation.

Seminar set on sugar factory operations

The LSU Agricultural Center and the American Sugar Cane League are sponsoring a seminar on sugar factory operations at 8:30 a.m. April 20 at the AgCenter Sugarcane Station at St. Gabriel.

Topics include an overview of the 2015 sugar cane crop, an evaluation of sugar cane ripeners, sugar crystal size analysis, the 2015 molasses survey and syrup storage, and an update on the biofuels industry.

For information or to register, contact Audubon Sugar Institute research associate Julie King at (225) 642-0916.

LSU AgCenter plans wheat, oat field day

The LSU Agricultural Center will hold its annual wheat and oat field day on April 20 at the Macon Ridge Research Station south of Winnsboro.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations on the influence of late planting on wheat development and yield, weed control, fertilization and insect management.

A field tour will include presentations on wheat and oat variety trials, fusarium head blight variety and fungicide screening, foliar fungicide and seed treatment trials, crop production, soil health under cover crops and a wheat production update.

An afternoon tour for breeders, seedsmen and other interested participants will include USDA regional nurseries, Sungrains yield trials, seed company trials and seed increases.

The field day meets the requirements for Phase II completion and continuing education credits within the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.

Information is available from Macon Ridge Research Station research coordinator Donnie Miller at (318) 435-2157 or dmiller@agcenter.lsu.edu or from LSU AgCenter wheat and oat breeder Stephen Harrison at (225) 578-1308 or sharrison@agcenter.lsu.edu.

LSU, others working on horse farm project

LSU is one of 13 universities working together to reduce the environmental impact of horse farms through a multi-state research project.

The universities led the development of smarter feed strategies and pasture management, as well as an outreach campaign to raise awareness of new sustainable farming methods.

One of the most expensive challenges for horse farms is waste removal, according to Mark Rieger, dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and administrative adviser for the research project.

In the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states alone, there are more than 428,000 horses, ponies, and mules on farms. Each horse produces about 50 pounds of manure every day or more than 21.4 million pounds altogether. Water runoff from manure, horse feed and bedding can pollute nearby bodies of water.

The research group was formed to find sustainable, safe strategies for equine operations.