Penske opens larger facility in Harahan

Penske Truck Leasing has an expanded facility at 149 Hord St. in the Elmwood Business Park in Harahan.

The facility provides truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance.

The 16,674-square-foot facility replaced an older building on the 6-acre site, enabling Penske to enlarge its service bays and add a fourth bay. The building also includes a bigger wash bay with an automatic washing system, a new parts room and larger accommodations for customers and 45 workers. Rental department hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Service department hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Call (504) 733-6500.

Penske operates more than 226,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

IberiaBank starts Slidell construction

IberiaBank has started construction on a branch in Slidell behind its location at 2060 Gause Blvd. East.

It is scheduled to open summer 2016.

B&B pharmacy opens on Veterans Boulevard

B&B Discount Pharmacy has opened at 612 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

B&B is an independent pharmacy associated with the Health Mart network of more than 4,000 community pharmacies and pharmacists nationwide. Ryan Boudreau is the pharmacist-in-charge.

B&B provides customized services, such as local delivery, prescription transfers, immunizations and a free vitamin program.

Forage, grassland group sets conference

The American Forage and Grasslands Council will hold its annual conference on Jan. 10-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

The opening session will feature Teddy Gentry, a member of the country band Alabama. Gentry owns Bent Tree Farm near Fort Payne, Alabama, that focuses on raising grass-fed beef and is where he developed the South Poll breed of cattle.

The council’s event is expected to draw 300 to 350 people, including producers and representatives of universities, industry and government agencies.

The meeting will highlight Louisiana producers on a farm tour of successful fall grazing and cover crops and forage crops on Jan. 10 to East Feliciana Parish.

Presentations and workshops on Jan. 11 and 12 will focus on several aspects of pasture and forage production and management.

Information and registration is available at http://www.afgc.org.

Turfgrass association schedules conference

The Louisiana Turfgrass Association will hold its annual conference at 8:50 a.m. Jan. 7 at Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus.

Topics include managing turf in shade, best landscape plants for golf courses, managing diseases such as gray leaf spot on St. Augustine grass, nutrient management and pesticide runoff research.

Attendees can receive pesticide recertification with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and continuing education units from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Registration is $50. Vendor booths are $350. Go to www.laturf.net/. Same-day registration will open at 7:45 a.m.

Conservation program deadline in February

The next general enrollment period for farmers and ranchers in the Conservation Reserve Program ends on Feb. 26.

The federally funded program assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

As of September, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP, protecting more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian forest and grass buffers, enough to go around the world seven times. CRP has created nearly 2.7 million acres of restored wetlands.

For information, visit a local Farm Service Agency office or www.fsa.usda.gov/ conservation.

Farm bill safety net program deadlines set

Producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 farm bill can enroll for coverage in 2016.

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage programs will continue until Aug. 1. The choice between ARC and PLC is completed and remains in effect through 2018, but producers must still enroll their farm by signing a contract each year to receive coverage.

Producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office to schedule an appointment to enroll. For details, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.