Farm-to-school event goes virtual

The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held free online.

The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in two-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7-8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school: education, school gardens and local food procurement.

Topics will include farm to school during COVID-19, local success stories, garden sustainability, farm-to-school education, Louisiana food heritage and discovering your role in the food system. Those interested in local food systems, Louisiana agriculture, education, school gardens or healthful school meals can register for the conference.

Space is limited and registration at Sessions also will be recorded and available for viewing after the conference. More information is available online at or by contacting the Louisiana Farm to School team at

H&E Equipment opens Texas branch

Baton Rouge-based H&E Equipment Services Inc. has opened a branch in McKinney, Texas, serving the region northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

The 16,650-square-foot facility sits on 4.45 acres with offices, a parts warehouse and a repair shop with four service bays. It is capable of servicing a variety of construction and general industrial equipment and joins other nearby H&E facilities in Dallas, Fort Worth and Mesquite, Texas, in serving the region.

The branch specializes in aerial lifts, telescopic forklifts, earth-moving machinery, compaction equipment, generators and compressors.

In addition to a large equipment rental fleet, the facility provides expanded new and used equipment sales, parts availability within 24 hours for most items, in-shop and mobile service repairs, training and other services.

Bayou Jiu Jitsu relocates in Central

Bayou Jiu Jitsu has moved from a Hooper Road location to 14455 Wax Road, Suite V, in Central.

The facility has more mat space, a children’s play area and shower. The business offers kids and adult martial arts, cardio kickboxing and jiu jitsu. It also has a location at 9681 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.  

Information is at and the contact number is (225) 505-8500.

Ochsner center opens on Jefferson Highway

An Ochsner Outpatient and Home Infusion Center has opened at 4115 Jefferson Highway in a former K&B/Rite Aid building.

The 17,100-square-foot renovation includes a pharmacy, seven infusion rooms and office support spaces.

Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC partnered with Rozas Ward Architects and YKM Consulting on the project.

Coworking space opens on Magazine St.

Urban HUB, a coworking space, has opened in the Lower Garden District at 1582 Magazine St.

“Urban HUB is a collaborative community of freelancers, creatives and small teams focused on growing themselves and their businesses,” said Jack Buczkowski, Urban HUB general manager, ranging from real estate to technology and film to finance.

The facility has an open working environment with up to 19 desks. The space features two conference rooms that can be reserved along with two quiet “phone booths” available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a copy/printer room with storage for office supplies, along with a kitchen and break area with casual open seating. It also has an open courtyard for working outdoors, hosting a small event or even a pop-up fitness class. It has three membership options, at varying fees.

Urban HUB is limiting occupancy to 50% to allow for increased workstation separation and social distancing.

Information is at

Harvey Gulf starts diesel bunkering

Harvey Gulf International Marine has started operations at its new 2-million-gallon diesel bunkering facility in Port Fourchon, pairing it with Harvey’s liquefied natural gas bunkering operations there.

It also will have a fuel-carrying vessel dedicated to offshore fuel and water deliveries through the conversion of Harvey’s 300-foot PSV Harvey Hawk. The vessel will be able to carry 800,000 gallons of fuel per trip offshore.

Harvey also now operates a trifuel vessel with the installation of a Wartsila battery-power system on the PSV Harvey Energy, which was already a dual-fuel vessel capable of fully operating on LNG or diesel. Harvey will also complete installation of a GE battery-power system on the PSV Harvey Champion this month.