Louisiana Forestry Association

LSU AgCenter

The head of the LSU AgCenter discussed looming budget cuts with members of the Louisiana Forestry Association this week.

Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the Bayou State. But according to LSU AgCenter’s vice president for agriculture Bill Richardson his agency is running into tough times.

He told the executive committee of the Louisiana Forestry Association Tuesday that one research station has closed and three more are under review.

Louisiana Forestry Association

The head of the Louisiana Forestry Association says the state’s timber industry is poised for growth. Buck Vandersteen told foresters this month that international firms are looking to set up facilities in Louisiana. It comes at a time when home builders in this country are starting construction at pre-recessionary levels. Vandersteen said this translates into excellent opportunities for loggers. As such, he said, the Central Louisiana Technical Community College campus in Winnfield will launch a timber harvesting equipment operator training program in the coming months.