Monday, February 25, 2013

Coastal Ecotourism Workshop, March 12

The Costal Ecotourism Workshop is just weeks away. If you are in the area of Braithwaite, LA hope you will make plans to travel to Stella Plantation and join us for the one day workshop.  We have lined up some great speakers. The cost is $20 before March 6th or $25 at door, either way it's a bargain.

Click here for the agenda.

Monday, February 18, 2013

FREE Seminar on Mobile, Tablet and Social Media Technology

Connect My Louisiana Summit
March 6, 2013
The workshop is FREE, but REGISTRATION required; click here to register.

West Monroe Convention Center

901 Ridge Avenue

West Monroe, LA 71291
9:30 am


10:00 am

Welcome – Dr. Tara Smith, LSU AgCenter

Courtney Hornsby, West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber
10:15 am

John Jones, - Vice President of Public Policy and

Federal Legisla ve Affairs, CenturyLink

10:45 am

Overview of the Louisiana Broadband Ini a ve- David Moore,

Louisiana Division of Administra*on
11:15 am

Overview of Connect My Louisiana – Bruce Garner, LSU AgCenter

11:30 am

Fiber to the Home Steven Blaskowski, Calix

12:00 am

Connecti vity in Rural Areas– Paul Vinigelo, Nexus Technology

12:30 pm

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one session)

Ouachita Meeting Room:

Mobile Connec tivity

Trenton Meeting Room:

Introduc tion to Tablets

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one session)


Meeting Room: Building an Online Presence

Trenton Meeting Room:

Using Social Media for Business

and Personal Life

2:45 pm

Closing Remarks




Thinking of Adding a Pond . . .

The LSU AgCenter Southeast Region Extension office is conducting a pond management workshop on March 22 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers in Mandeville. 

Speakers on the program include LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz and LSU AgCenter/Louisiana Sea Grant area marine agent Carol Franze, who will talk about managing pond water quality, stocking fish, general biological management and controlling unwanted vegetation. 

The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required to reserve a seat. Register by March 19 to reserve a seat, Franze said.

To register for the workshop and for additional information, contact Franze at 985-543-4129. Each participant will receive a copy of the Recreational and Farm Pond Management Guide published by the LSU AgCenter. 

The St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers is located at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. 
Carol Franze can be reached at 985-543-4129 or

Friday, February 15, 2013

Social Media Workshop Webinar

I attended the webinar offered by eXtension on February 14th. Thanks to technology, that webinar, "Cool Tools and Top Ten Trends" is now available online.  Although you cannot ask questions, this webinar provides ample information.  

Julie Fox of Ohio State shares lots of important facts.

Information shared during the workshop that might be beneficial to you included the following:

GPS cordinates:   Go to Google maps, place sursor on the location you want, right click, select "what's here" in the drop down menu, your digital coordinates will appear in the box where you would have typed in the address.  Then if you want go to to convert to other coordinate formats

QR Codes: You can also customize QR codes to a certain degree with colors/logo elements: For free QR codes: for creating QR codes - it allows you to edit codes, track usages, etc also offers the ability to create free QR codes


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Social Media eXtension Webinar, Feb. 14th

Beginning at 1 p.m. today, Julie Fox will share what's new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what's working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from

Mark your calendar for the next webinar on Pinterest on March 14th.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Managing Liability

This morning I received a new publication entitled, "Managing Liability: Legal Liability in Agritourism and Direct Markeing Operations," from one of my new friends in agritourism, Cora Gnegy, a Virginia AgriTourism Consulting and Event Planner.  This is a very detailed publication that discusses ways to minimize the risk of claims against agritourism operations.  It is a good read and a publication that should start some great discussion about your operation. Click on the hyperlink and locate the publication. 

It includes an accident report and suggestions on insurance considerations.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Coastal Ecotourism Workshop

Join us for the
Coastal Ecotourism Workshop
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Braithwaite, LA at Stella Plantation, located at 4881 Louisiana 39. The workshop begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.
The one day workshop will provide current and prospective businesses wiht information on supplemental income opportunities for natural resource tourism.
Targeted participants include: coastal landowners; farmers; charter and guide fishermen; marina owners; and swamp tour operators.
To register and learn more click here.