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By the Numbers: Rural Land Use in Beauregard Parish

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By the Numbers: Rural Land Use in Beauregard Parish

By Brent Rutherford

Beauregard Parish Chief Assessor

& Keith Hawkins, County Agent, LSU AgCenter

            The Beauregard Parish Assessor’s Office recently provided information regarding the scope of agriculture and forestry as land uses in the Parish. Brent Rutherford, Chief Assessor, provided these data from 2012:

CLASS                        ACREAGE                  PERCENTAGE OF PARISH

Ag. Class 2            71,444.12  acres                        9%

Ag. Class 3               2,048.65 acres                     0.3%

Ag. Class 4                   110     acres                         0%

Tim. Class 1                      4    acres                         0%

Tim. Class 2         525, 263.21 acres                    70%

Tim Class  3              1,469.08 acres                    0.2%

As you can see, Ag Class 2 and Timber Class 2 is the most common.  The ranking goes by 1 as the best and 4 the worst.  The Parish does not have any Ag Class 1 or Timber Class 4 on the tax roll.

In response to your inquiry, the numbers below represent the number of assessments that have these different classifications on them.

CLASS                         # ASSESSMENTS

Ag. Class 2                             1,643

Ag. Class 3                                  23

Ag. Class 4                                    1

Tim. Class 1                                  1

Tim. Class 2                           6,481

Tim. Class 3                                29

One owner could have several assessments in these numbers and also an assessment listing might have both ag and timber listed.

There is really no way of determining just how many individuals are assessed with ag or timber land.

According to the 2012 Ag Summary published by the LSU AgCenter,  some of the various agricultural and forestry commodities have these values:

COMMODITY                                       $ VALUE

Forestry                                            $51,962,227

All other crops                                    $7,606718

All animal enterprises                      $9,659,922

We all know that Beauregard Parish is a very rural parish. The numbers supplied in this article provides insights into the essence of the parish’s rural life.

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Beekeeping Notes, Sept 9, 2012, Jimmy Cooley

got a surprise visit from Richard Hebert on Friday.  I so appreciate his visit and inspection of my one bee hive, as he was in the area helping his brother in law bail hay.  I think he was pleased with the overall status and thought the hive was healthy and should have no problem making it through the winter with the two brood boxes do I can harvest the honey in thr top medium super and leave it off for the winter months.  I have been feeding sugar water and he suggests I stop until next spring.  I really appreciate him giving his time and expertise in examining the HEBERT

Hive, thats its name as he brought  me the swarm snd installed the bees, with queen, into the boxes.  It really helps having a beekeepers club at the LSUExtension Office in Beauregard Parish and thanks also to Keith Hawkins, our extension agent for starting and supporting the club.  I took photos of Richard examiming the hive which I will share with you real soon.  Cant wait to taste the honey from the Hebert Hive, my extractor should arrive in about a week.   Jimmy Earl Cooley

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Agricultural & Forestry Leaders meet with Congressman Fleming in Beauregard Parish

February 23, 2012

A group of agricultural and forestry leaders met with Congressman John Fleming at the War Memorial Civic Center in Beauregard Parish to discuss issues involving the production of local food and forest products. Rather than speaking, Congressman Fleming wanted to hear from local Beauregard producers about the challenges they are facing.

Attendees included:

Thomas Avant, Gulf Coast Blueberries; AgCenter advisor

Clyde Gehron, Beauregard Farm Bureau, Board Member

David Smith, Beauregard Farm Bureau, President; Farmer, Leonard Smith Farms

George & Merlyn Giltner, Beauregard Forestry Association, past officers; Master Gardeners

David Vidrine, USDA Farm Service Agency, County Director; AgCenter advisor

Dick Myers, Louisiana Forestry Association , President; Boise Paper, Governmental Affairs

Chuck Melsheimer, Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association, President; Melsheimer Farms; AgCenter advisor

Topics included the high cost of fertilizers, child labor, minimum wage, bioenergy, the Farm Bill, the national debt, trade with China, and environmental regulations. The discussions were informal as these leaders sat around a table to exchange concerns and thoughts.  Congressman Fleming, when asked, commented about the composition of the House and Senate after the upcoming elections, and he said that  he expected the next Congress will be friendlier to businesses.

Fleming affirmed the hard work and character of these citizens and thanked them for this discussion.

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