Mail-in ballots up for debate

By Paige Daniel and Abigail Hendren / LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — Three blue states —Washington, Oregon and Colorado —conduct all of their elections through mail-in votes and four red states — Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Alaska — are joining them this year in conducting their presidential primaries entirely through mail ballots. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, 28 other states have announced plans to increase access to absentee ballots or take other actions to keep voters from lining up at polling places. Yet in deciding on Tuesday to delay Louisiana’s presidential primary to July 11, the Legislature insisted state election officials scale back plans to rely less on in-per

Stay at home for criminals, too

By Kathleen Peppo / LSU Manship School News Service Along with the expected tolls that Gov. John Bel Edwards’s stay-at-home order has taken on residents across Louisiana, the new normal has had a positive side effect: Crime rates have fallen substantially in cities and towns that are following it. With the options to roam the streets and hang out in groups ruled out, towns whose residents are taking the order seriously have seen significantly lower rates of crime and relatively few arrests. On the other hand, crime rates in areas that are continuing life without as much focus on the stay-at-home order are virtually the same as before it was put in place, police say. A spot check suggests cri

Is tort reform coming?

By Catherine Hunt / LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — The biggest insurance companies, including State Farm, Allstate and GEICO, have announced temporary premium cuts and rebates of 15 to 25 percent for auto insurance customers in Louisiana since the coronavirus has kept drivers off the roads. The savings are a welcome relief for the state’s roughly 3 million insured drivers, who together pay the second-highest premiums in the country, following only Michigan residents. And Republicans in the state Legislature say they are looking for solutions that could permanently reduce car insurance rates through “tort reform,” changes that could reduce the number of lawsuits filed over acci

Supervisory post opens at USFS

The U.S. Forest Service will accept applications for another week for a Louisiana Field Crew Supervisor. The job entails supervising the Forest Service FIA Field Crew in Louisiana. Any one interested can download the form, fill it out and submit it to and by the April 26 deadline. For additional information, contact Angie Rowe, data acquisition section head at (865) 862-2052 or by email at Click here to download the PDF form.

You can earn CE credits online

During the COVID-19 pandemic, earning continuing education for loggers and foresters in the Louisiana Logging Council's Master Logger program can be challenging. So, the LLC is now allowing CLEs for online programs. Here are a few: • Log Truck Safety — The FRA and Georgia Forestry Foundation are sponsoring a free webinar on Safety and Efficiency of Log Trucks on Interstate Highways scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30. To find out more, download the PDF, which includes description of the webinar and a link to register. One CLE credit can be earned by attending this webinar. A certificate of completion must be turned in to LLC to get credit. Send to Gracee Texada. • TEAM Safe Trucking — Cu

PPP help for businesses

Here are some links for businesses that might help if they are looking for more information about the Paycheck Protection Program. The links below connect you with information provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. · For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE · If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE · If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE · The application for borrowers can be found HERE For other links related to help with the COVID-19, check out our Resources page by clicking here.

OSHA updates helpful links

UPDATE: April 17, 2020 OSHA has new posting for manufacturing businesses: OSHA reminds employers about basics of providing help to manufacturing employees. UPDATE: April 8, 2020 OSHA not just about masks for employees: OSHA virus rules for employers are about more than just masks April 6, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has updated links to help employees and businesses. Website: Unemployment insurance relief during COVID-19 outbreak. Release: Wage and Hour guidance on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits related to COVID-19. Posters: New workplace posters on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus R

Annual Teachers Tour canceled

We are saddened by the decision to cancel the annual Teachers Tour but thought it was in the best interest for the safety of all involved.

Who will be next logger of year?

Do you know a Louisiana Logger who does great work and takes pride in what he does? Nominate him to be the 2020 La. Outstanding Logger!

Carrying on family tradition

The Ingles brothers are carrying on the family business of logging to another generation at a young age: Clay, 31 and Craig, 24.

Helpful COVID-19 links; LSU Ag remote and ready

The LSU AgCenter's Dr. Neils de Hoop has compiled a list of helpful links that businesses and people could use during the COVID-19 crisis. The links are from OSHA, FEMA, EPA and other federal agencies. The links are compiled in the PDF document that you can download by clicking here. If you need information from the LSU AgCenter, like asking questions of an Extension Agent, trying clicking on the link below. This information is more geared to the individual. Click here for help from the LSU AgCenter

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