Habitat opens ReStore Southeast on Perkins

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has opened ReStore Southeast at 10300 Perkins Road.

ReStore is a retail outlet where used and surplus building materials are sold at a discount to help fund the construction of Habitat houses in the community. Materials sold are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals.

Store hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The phone number is (225) 408-0021 and website is www.habitatbr.org/restore.cfm.

Habitat also has a store at 4301 Airline Highway in the MetroAire Shopping Center.

Point of Care plans two urgent care locations

Two months after opening a Mid City urgent care clinic, Point of Care Health Group has announced plans for two additional locations, one in the Towne Center/Bocage area and the other in the Sherwood Forest/Coursey Boulevard area.

Dr. Rubin Patel, co-chief executive officer of Point of Care, said the company’s goal is to deliver health care to patients’ front doors.

The new locations will be at 7353 Jefferson Highway, with an opening date in late 2016, and 4333 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., opening in spring 2017.

Agriculture internship established at LSU

The Annette and John Douthat International Agriculture Internship has been started in the LSU College of Agriculture.

The Douthats, who established the endowed international internship, operate AllBrands, a retail and online business in Baton Rouge specializing in sewing machines and sewing-related items. They lived abroad early in their careers while John Douthat worked for the Ralston Purina Co.

Preference is given to those who have never traveled out of the country.

“International travel changes your perception of everything,” said Annette Douthat, an alumna of the College of Agriculture. “It improves human relations and teaches you about different cultures, religion and food.”

Success Labs moves to roomier digs

Success Labs, a Baton Rouge leadership development and management consulting firm, has moved to 10621 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Suite B.

The new location has six offices and two training rooms more conducive to effective training.

“We’ve needed more space for a while, having seen strong revenue growth in the past 36 months,” said Devin Lemoine, president of Success Labs.

With almost 3,000 square feet, the new office space puts Success Labs in a good position to provide more services and sustain growth, she said.

LSU researcher gets grant to study universe

Ivan Agullo, an assistant professor in LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award to support his research on the early universe.

The NSF CAREER award is presented to promising junior faculty, who effectively integrate research and education within the mission of their organization.

Agullo’s grant is for investigating the most extreme epochs in the evolution of the universe and observable ways to test new ideas.

LSU coast, environment school becomes college

LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment has been designated a college, a recognition of its achievements in research and teaching.

“To us, this transition from a school to a college reflects the excellence and strength of our program, faculty and staff,” said Christopher F. D’Elia, dean and professor for the College of Coast and Environment.

Coast and Environment remains dedicated to understanding coastal issues, the causes and solutions for them, and preparing students to address those issues, D’Elia said.

The faculty includes scientists researching coastal land loss, coastal sustainability, sea level rise, hurricanes and climate change. The college began in 2001 as an academic unit that includes oceanography, environmental sciences, wetland biogeochemistry, marine fisheries and coastal ecology. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Entergy website targets site selection firms

As part of its economic development efforts, Entergy has developed a website targeting site selection firms and companies looking to expand in Louisiana and three other states the energy firm services.

The new site, GoEntergy.com, provides businesses with access to information to locate, expand and promote their firms in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. The site is expected to support Entergy’s business development teams, which aid companies in site selection, project management, large projects and contracts.

“We’re a one-stop gateway to the United States’ largest industrial region,” said John Voorhorst, director of Entergy’s business development services. “Our website is just one of the first steps in Entergy’s strategy to attract business and industry that will provide increased employment and economic opportunities for the citizens we serve.”

Association plans truck driving competition

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association Inc. will hold the 2016 Louisiana Truck Driving Championships on March 18-19 in Baton Rouge.

Registration, testing and pre-trip inspections will be held March 18 at the Renaissance Hotel. Course competition will be held at Blue Bayou Waterpark off Highland Road at Interstate 10 on March 19.

Winners of the competition will be honored at 7 p.m. at the 26th annual LMTA Safety Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel.

First-place winners in the competition will represent the association and state in the American Trucking Association National Truck Driving Championships on Aug. 9-13 in Indianapolis.

Dock Day planned for shrimpers

The LSU Agricultural Center and Louisiana Sea Grant will hold a Dock Day for shrimpers on Tuesday in Delcambre.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building, with presentations starting at 8:30 a.m.

Topics include the shrimp market, foreign imports, the latest on state and federal regulations, licensing requirements for selling to the public, Coast Guard requirements for shrimpers and fuel spill procedures. Demonstrations include a life raft deployment and brine freezing shrimp.

For information, contact Thu Bui at (337) 828-4100, ext. 300, or Mark Shirley at (337) 898-4335.

Conference scheduled for small farmers

The sixth annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference will be held March 17-19 at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The conference theme is “Ownership and Growth of Louisiana’s Small Family Farms.”

The event is for new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, backyard gardeners and community-based organizations.

The conference includes a risk management and networking session; a panel discussion with USDA agencies; and the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences.

Sessions topics cover soil health; keeping the farm in the family; financing farms; managing farms as a business; opportunities for market gardeners; beef cattle operations; and mitigating agricultural risk.

To register, contact Dawn Mellion-Patin at (225) 771-2242 or dawn_mellion@suagcenter.com.

Training sessions target rain runoff pollution

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring free training sessions on nonpoint source pollution for communities, businesses and interested parties.

Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall runoff that carries natural and human-made pollutants into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground water.

Session locations:

  • Pineville area: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg, Pineville.
  • New Orleans area: 10 a.m. to noon March 24, Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
  • Lake Charles area: 10 a.m. to noon March 31, LSU/SU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

Register at www.deq.louisiana.gov/enviroschool.

Florida Parishes Forestry Forum set

The 27th annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The theme is “Updating Forest Landowners.”

Topics include the status of EPA’s Waters of the U.S. and other forestry issues; genetically improved pine seedlings; forestry development outside of Louisiana; problems facing loggers; herbicide issues; tax issues; and a Louisiana forestry teacher tour.

Registration is $40, which includes lunch.

For more information or a registration form, contact Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or bchandler@agcenter.lsu.edu.