Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., Jackson, recognizes April as National Kite Month, an event founded by the American Kite Fliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International to help introduce people to the fun of kite flying.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday in April, Centenary will offer the use of its field behind the West Wing Dormitory building for kite flying. For information, call (888) 677-2364 or (225) 634-7925.

Musket demo

Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Jackson, will host musket demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. every Saturday in April. Watch demonstrations of various Civil War small arm weapons and hear about the experiences of the riflemen from either the Union or Confederate armies.

Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. For information, call (888) 677-3400 or (225) 654-3775.

Strikeforce funds available

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana has expanded the area for targeted assistance through USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity. Technical and financial assistance is being offered to agricultural producers in 44 parishes to improve soil, water, plant, air and wildlife habitat on their land.

Producers must submit applications to NRCS by Friday, May 15, to be considered for the first funding pool.

USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative was established in 2010 to address specific challenges with persistent rural poverty.

In 2014, 44 parishes in Louisiana were identified as needing StrikeForce assistance, with an initial focus on those in the northeast portion of the state.

Today, StrikeForce assistance has expanded to all 44 parishes including East Feliciana, St. Helena and West Feliciana parishes through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns, such as water quality and quantity, soil erosion and wildlife habitat.

“Producers interested in this opportunity should visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible,” said Kevin Norton, NRCS state conservationist in Louisiana. “EQIP StrikeForce funding will help farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices that will benefit their land.”

Applications for EQIP funding are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. However, to be considered for the targeted 2015 StrikeForce funding, applications must be received by the close of business on May 15.

To get started with NRCS, visit the USDA Clinton Service Center, 9752 Plank Road, or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

Learn more about the farm bill at www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.

Council on Aging activities

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., in Clinton is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most activities start at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon.

Public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana transit system.

For information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

FRIDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

TUESDAY: 11 a.m., speaker from the District Attorney’s Office

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo

APRIL 16: 11:30 a.m., devotional followed by blood pressure checks

APRIL 17: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.