Workshops scheduled for produce growers

The LSU AgCenter will host two free area workshops in February to help fresh produce growers understand food safety risks and develop an on-farm food safety plan.

ALEXANDRIA: Feb. 11, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rapides Parish Extension Office, 300 Grady Britt Drive.

HAMMOND: Feb. 13, Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, La. 1067.

Specialists with the LSU AgCenter, Southern University Agricultural Center and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will give presentations on water quality, manure management, produce harvesting and storage, worker hygiene and recordkeeping.

The workshops will also cover good agricultural practices and good handling practices, which are voluntary practices that growers can implement to reduce food safety risks.

Workshops on implementation of GAPs and GHPs will be held on dates to be announced later this year. People who attend both workshops — one in February and one later in the year — will be eligible for a program that will reimburse 75 percent of the fees charged for GAPs certification.

The workshops and financial aid are funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture certifies growers who pass a GAPs inspection.

Registration is required. Contact Achyut Adhikari at or (225) 578-2529 or Robert Williams at or (225) 578-2417.

Oil, gas lecture planned at LSU Law Center

A lecture on “Sustainable Oil and Gas Development” will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Jan. 28 at the LSU Law Center at 1 East Campus Drive in Baton Rouge.

Scott Anderson and Mark Boling will deliver the annual Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture in the David W. Robinson Courtroom on the second floor of the East Annex Law Building for the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center.

Anderson is the senior policy adviser for the Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate and Energy Program, where he specializes in policies relating to natural gas development and the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.

Boling is executive vice president of Southwestern Energy Co. and president of Southwestern’s V+ Development Solutions division.

For more information, contact Jennifer Roche at (225) 578-5722 or

Contractor training program starting

A six-month Contractor’s Training Institute will start with a kickoff event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at 616 Harding Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The seminar is open to the general public.

The series is a Small and Emerging Business Development Program and is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming a certified contractor. It includes continuing education training classes for small businesses and an overview of the contractor’s certificate exam.

Topics include licensing for contractors; B2B networking; bidding and estimating; understanding and reading blue prints; project management; funding sources; insurance and bonding; credit; occupational safety; and government contracting.

The institute is being launched by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and the Louisiana Economic Development department and collaborating partners.

Registration is available by calling the Louisiana SBDC at (225) 774-9213 or going online to

Dollar General opens store in Maurepas

Dollar General has opened a store at 23890 La. 22 in Maurepas. Dollar General stores carry national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products.

Traditional Dollar General stores employ six to 10 people.

Barbara’s Storage expands with U-Haul

Barbara’s Storage and More at 11598 Florida Blvd. in Walker has partnered with U-Haul to offer van rental and support rental items. Barbara Watson renovated the 13-storage unit site. Business hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Watson is on-call Saturdays at (225) 304-5835.

Workplace workshop focuses on generations

LSU Executive Education will present a workshop titled “The Four Generations in the Workplace” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 in room 1420 of the LSU Business Education Complex.

“With four generations in today’s workplace, differences in attitudes, values and communication can create misunderstandings and trigger conflicts that reduce morale, teamwork and productivity,” said LSU Executive Education Director Robin Kistler. “These differences, if not understood, can be barriers to a bigger bottom line and workplace satisfaction.”

Executive Education faculty member E.J. Smith will lead the workshop.

Registration is $160 per person, with special discounts for nonprofits and groups from the same organization. Registration is available at www.