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e-Directions 7/17/06

e-Directions is an information-sharing newsletter issued at least bi-monthly to help keep you updated on Extension-related issues covering restructuring, programming opportunities, strategic plan initiatives and enhancements and other information.

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Due to the length of this e-Directions, it has been divided into sections. Click on the section you would like to read.

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee Action on the FY 2007 Agriculture Appropriation

On June 22, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2007 agriculture appropriations for the USDA, including the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES). The committee proposes $1,224,815,000 for CSREES. This is an increase of $186,758,000 over the FY 2007 President’s Budget proposal of $1,038,057,000 and is an increase of $25,494,000 over the FY 2006 appropriation with rescission of $1,199,321,000. It is also an increase of $35,878,000 over the $1,188,937,000 proposed for CSREES in the FY 2007 Agriculture Appropriation Bill passed by the House. (The totals include funding for the Native American Endowment Fund and interest earned on the endowment fund.) The attached table provides additional information on specific CSREES programs.

  • Provides increases for the Hatch Act, McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry, Smith-Lever 3b&c, 1890 Research and Extension formula programs over the FY 2006 appropriated level.

  • Maintains the current formula distribution for the Hatch Act and McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry funds.

  • Restores funding for the Animal Health and Disease Research Program at the FY 2006 level.

  • Provides a 5 percent increase for the National Research Initiative over the FY 2006 appropriated level.

  • Maintains Section 406 programs in the Integrated Activities account at the FY 2006 appropriated levels for Water Quality, Food Safety, Regional Pest Management Centers, Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation, FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop Systems and Methyl Bromide Transition Program. An increase is proposed for the Organic Transition Program.

  • Proposes an increase over the FY 2006 appropriated level for EFNEP and includes General Provision – Sec. 746 that ensures that each eligible institution receives no less than $100,000.

  • Maintains the indirect cost cap on competitively awarded research, education and extension grants at the current level of 20 percent.  (General Provision – Sec. 706)

  • Increases to up to 30 percent of NRI funds which may be used to carry out a competitive grants program under the same terms and conditions as those provided in Sec. 401 of AREERA.  (General Provision – Sec. 718)

  • Extends the authorization of appropriations for the Education Grants to Alaska Native Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions until 2011. (General Provision – Sec 751)

Senate Report 109-266 is available at   CSREES information is on pages 39-51. Please note the document is slow to download.

Included on pages 18 and 19 of Senate Report 109-266, in the section for the Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, is the following language:

“Special Research, Education and Extension Activities. --The Committee is aware of the need for special research, education, and extension activities that are made available on a discretionary basis under 7 U.S.C 450i(c) and similar authorities. These grants are necessary to conduct research to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in food and agricultural sciences and to ensure that these activities are further assimilated into the food, agriculture and rural sectors through higher education and extension programs. The Committee also believes that research, education and extension activity funds made available on a discretionary basis should be sustained by additional funding from competitively based or private ongoing sources.

The Committee expects that specially awarded grants should be used to meet specific research, education and extension objectives rather that primarily to supplement other funding sources on an indefinite basis.¬ The Committee expects that prior to the receipt of an award under 7 U.S.C. 450i(c), or grants made under the Research and Education or Extension Service Federal Administration headings of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, the grantee must provide a report to the Committee that describes the specific objectives for which these funds will be used; methodologies to measure performance and determine when the objectives will be met; and the expected date of completion for the stated objective. If the report fails to identify a specific date for project completion, the Committee shall assume the objectives will be complete by the end of fiscal year 2007.

The Committee has, in the past, continued funding special research grants [SRGs], in excess of the three-year time period contemplated in the authorizing statute (7 U.S.C 450i(c)). The Committee is concerned that this has lead to stagnation in research.  Additionally, the Committee believes that without regular turnover of discretionary research, the ability to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States is compromised. Therefore, the Committee beginning in fiscal year 2008, will no longer fund SRGs for more than 3 years. This new language may have significant effects on the future of several ongoing federally funded LSU AgCenter initiatives. We will attempt to get more details on this newly proposed policy as the appropriations bill moves forward.

No date has been announced for Senate floor action. However, it is anticipated the announcement will happen after the July 4th recess. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Line Item                                                                     F.Y. 2006                                  F.Y. 2007

Hatch Act         



McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry     



Evans-Allen Program



Animal Health and Disease



Institution Challenge Grants



Smith Lever 3(b) and 3(c)



Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program



1890s Extension



1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants   



1890 Facilities (Sec. 1447)



1994 Institutions Research



1994 Institutions Extension



1994 Institutions Equity Grant Program



Graduate Fellowship Grants



New Technologies for Extension (eXtension)           



Renewable Resources Extension Act



Resident Instruction Grants - Insular Areas           



Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative



Agrosecurity Education 


National Research Initiative









Senate Committee Increase above F.Y. 2006



As you can see, important AgCenter priorities appear to have fared very well to this point in the Senate. We will continue to monitor the 2007 budget process as the Ag Appropriations bill moves on to the Senate floor and the House-Senate Conference Committee.

Additional details about the Senate action are here:

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Federal Aid for Aquaculture Producers

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Bob Odom said $4.5 million in long-awaited federal aid is now available to state aquaculture producers adversely affected by last year’s brutal hurricanes.

The Louisiana Aquaculture Block Grant Program funds were made available to the state from the USDA. The $4.5 million will be administered by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the USDA’s Farm Services Agency.

An application meeting and training session for aquaculture producers will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 29 at the Vermilion Parish Extension Service office in Abbeville. The application period for producers in the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone is from June 30 through July 31. The application process for all other Louisiana aquaculture producers runs from July 31 through August 31.

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ECOP Award for Excellence in Extension

ECOP, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, has announced a new national Excellence in Extension Award. The attached award criteria and nomination guidelines state: “The Award for Excellence in Extension recognizes a select group of Cooperative Extension System educators who excel at extension programming, make a positive impact on constituents served and provide visionary leadership for the system. It is designed to focus national attention on the role of extension - one that is fundamental to the lifelong education and development of residents in communities around the nation.”

To become eligible, a nominee must be an active Cooperative Extension System educator (state, regional and/or county) with a majority university appointment in extension as of the nominee submission due date and have responsibility for extension programming for five concurrent years. Nominations may be submitted by a nominee, supervisor or peer. Nominations must, however, include endorsement by the nominee's supervisor(s), conveyed via signatures requested on the Information Cover Page, described below. National award recipients are not eligible for renomination. Regional award recipients only may be renominated to receive a national award. Such renominations may occur no sooner than three years following receipt of the regional award. Current members of the ECOP are not eligible.

The following should be incorporated into the justification of the nomination:

  • Determine institutional and extension educator/nominee eligibility from above.

  • The nominee or another individual may prepare the nominations package.

  • A complete nomination package consists of the Nomination Cover Page, Information Page, the Personal Data Page and the other pages describing the basis for nomination, not to exceed six numbered pages.

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Any material submitted in excess of the six-page limit (CDs, videos, publications, etc.) will be discarded prior to review.

  • Include one copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae with your submission (in addition to the six- page nomination package).

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Use Times New Roman 12 point (or equivalent). The due date is August 1 each year. In 2006, send to Linda Kay Benning at with Excellence Award Nomination in the subject line.

  • Nominations Cover Page is one page that provides the name, title, address, phone number and e-mail address of nominee; nomination submitted by (name, title, address, phone number and e-mail address); and specific wording for award citation (30 words or fewer).

  • Information Page is one page containing the nominee's background information and approval for submission by the nominee's Dean and State Program Leader. For institutions with a different administrative structure, this form should be signed by two appropriate individuals having administrative oversight of the nominee.

  • Personal Data Page is one page containing the nominee's education and experience as well as a brief summary of recent extension assignments.

  • Other information to be used against the evaluation criteria (below) can be included not exceeding the six-page limit and electronic submission requirements.

A maximum of one $5,000 national and five $1,000 regional awards will be awarded annually during the NASULGC annual meeting. Please note that the deadline for nomination submission is August 1, 2006.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be recognized nationally for the excellent programming efforts being implemented across the state, and I strongly encourage all extension faculty to submit nominations.

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Participation in National Research Initiative

Cooperative Extension directors and administrators have been asked to continue to work with their faculty and staff to encourage more participation in the integrated accounts of the National Research Initiative (NRI), since this is an important growing source of funds. It seems possible that the ceiling on funds in the NRI committed to integrated programs will be increased to 30 percent through this year's appropriation language. Only about 17 percent of last year's NRI funds were in integrated programs, less than the current cap of 22 percent.  A good resource to start planning is last years NRI RFP.

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As you are aware, year end for the Planning and Reporting System (PARS) is June 30th.  If you have not completed entering time and contact information for FY06, please do so as soon as possible since the system will be closed on Friday, July 21st.  PARS may be accessed at 

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to PARS for FY07 that we think will result in a more user-friendly, efficient method for planning and reporting. The segment of the system that allows you to enter a plan of work for FY07 became operational on July 1 at    An on-line orientation session is available at that Web site as well. One major change is the development of plans of work against desired programmatic outcomes rather than program or teaching objectives. The reporting function of the system will come on line of August 1.

Both ODE and Information Technology (IT) have worked hard over the past several months to make these modifications and improvements to the PARS system based on feedback received by many of you over the past few years. Please take the time to learn the new system so that we can collect the critical reporting information needed by both the state and federal funders of our Cooperative Extension Service programs at the parish, regional, state and multi-state levels.

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Thirteen Awarded Louisiana Master Farmer Certification

Congratulations to 13 of Louisiana’s finest farmers who have completed the rigorous requirements to become a certified Louisiana Master Farmer. The master farmers received their certificates on Friday, July 7 at the Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans.

To become a certified Master Farmer, a producer must attend an 8-hour environmental stewardship lecture, attend a model farm field day or virtual model farm workshop and develop/implement a farm-specific conservation plan, which is the last and most difficult phase on the program. The farmers must arrange for a visit from an NRCS agent and devise a conservation plan specific to their farming operation. Once the conservation plan has been put into practice, the NRCS agent must return to verify that the conservation plan is being carried out. It is then that the farmer can apply for certification to become a Master Farmer.

Because of the success of the program, three other states have adopted it - Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, a number of other states have contacted coordinator Carrie Castille Mendoza to help develop state programs.

The 13 master farmers are Ernest Girouard and Craig Adam, both of Kaplan, Thomas M. Batchelor of Ringgold, Johnny Boudreaux of Abbeville, Jess E. Crosier of Cade, Harvey Gonsoulin of Loreauville, George Hains of Rayne, Howard Hardie of Jonesville, Kenneth LaHaye of Ville Platte, Hank Schumacher of Husser, Robert Thevis of Simmesport and Russell (Rusty) and Scott M. Wiggers Jr., who together have the Wiggers Farm Partnership in Winnsboro.

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eXtension ID

One of the first steps to being fully engaged with the eXtension initiative is to create an eXtension ID. By doing so you’ll be allowed to work in the eXtension collaborative space and you’ll be registered to receive routine e-mail updates on the initiative.

It’s a simple process! Just click here and you’ll be taken to the registration page. Encourage your friends and colleagues in Extension to do so today!

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eXtension Frequently Asked Questions

On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 eXtension rolled out its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) application to all CES employees nationwide. The FAQ application allows CES faculty and staff the opportunity to submit, review and edit the questions and answers they get most often from clientele every day.

Extension employees must first have an eXtension ID (see how to get an ID above), which allows them to work in many of the eXtension collaborative workspaces and applications, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

To work within the Frequently Asked Questions application, individuals may simply go to: In that application individuals can search for questions and answers, submit questions and answers, and also edit and review questions and answers that have already been submitted.

If you have any questions about the FAQ application itself, please feel free to contact Kevin Gamble at

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Outside Employment for Financial Gain (PM-11)

This is a reminder that all outside employment (including self-employment) for financial gain should be reported on a PM-11 form prior to employment. All LSU AgCenter faculty/staff that have been employed outside the AgCenter during this fiscal year should have an approved form on file. If a form has not been submitted, please submit one immediately through your normal administrative channels.

All outside employment has to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for anyone working this fiscal year (2005-06) by July 1, 2006.

Also, anyone knowing they will be working outside the AgCenter in FY 2006-07 should prepare a PM-11 at this time so approval will be received before employment begins. If employment arises during the fiscal year, a PM-11 should be submitted and approved before beginning employment.

NOTE: A PM-11 form should be completed on a yearly basis even if employment is continuous and description does not change.

Please review AgCenter PS-26 (LSU AgCenter PS-26) and the PM-11 form (PM-11 Form) if you have any questions.

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The Board of Regents approved the establishment of nine endowed professorships in the fiscal year 2005-2006 for the Endowed Professorships and Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars Program. These awards include:

  • Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Pine Land Company Professorship in Cotton Production or Genetics

  • Luella Dugas Chambers Distinguished Professorship in the School of Human Ecology

  • L.D. Newsom Professorship in Integrated Pest Management

  • Jack E. and Henrietta Jones Professorship

  • Florence Avalon Daggett Professorship in Rice Research #1

  • Florence Avalon Daggett Professorship in Rice Research #2

  • Florence Avalon Daggett Professorship in Rice Research #3

  • Doyle Chambers Professorship in Animal Science

  • Doyle Chambers Distinguished Professorship

Additionally, Dr. Sandy Stewart has been selected as the recipient of the Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Land Professorship in Cotton Production.

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Travel Policy Changes Effective 7/1/06

University Travel Regulations (PM-13) are being revised to reflect changes to the travel policy effective July 1, 2006.  The most significant changes are:

  • Mileage will be reimbursed at 40 cents per mile.

  • The Department Head has the authority to approve actual lodging costs not to exceed 75 percent over current rates in effect for the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and surrounding parishes and Lake Charles and surrounding parishes.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; and Las Vegas, Nevada have been added to Tier 3 for lodging reimbursement.

  • The meal allowances for all tiers have increased. The new allowances are as follows:


Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4
















Daily Total






  • The conference refreshment allowance for catered events is increased from $3.50 to $4.50 plus gratuity.


  • Navigant International, dba Louisiana Travel Service remains the contract travel agency. State and University policies mandate that all airfares are purchased through the contracted travel agency. Navigant’s contact information is as follows: 

Phone:              (225) 930-6700

Toll Free:           1-888-930-6700

Fax:                  (225) 930-6666

  • When special meals are approved for a meal in a restaurant setting, the itemized receipt is required for reimbursement. The signed copy of the sales draft is nothing more than your agreement to pay the credit card company, and it does not provide sufficient information to ensure that all policies and procedures were adhered to. The itemized meal receipt provides information such as the number of people served, whether or not alcoholic beverages were purchased and the time of day the meal was provided.

PM-13 was revised effective July 1 and made available on the Web.  If there are any questions or concerns regarding any of the changes, please contact Jan Bernath by phone at 578-4645 or e-mail

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LCES Sponsored 4-H Tailgate Party and Football Game

The LSU Athletic Department is once again offering the 4-H program an opportunity to participate in an LSU football game at the reduced price of $20. These tickets can be purchased by 4-H members, their families, volunteers and any LSU AgCenter employee. A large tailgate party is being planned for those participating in this function with food and door prizes at Parker Coliseum prior to the game. The game will be October 14th when LSU versus the University of Kentucky, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Tickets must be ordered through the LSU site this year through the following link:

The promotion code for each group is the parish name with 4H following (i.e., eastbatonrouge4h). State and Regional personnel will utilize the promo code of their parish of residence. This can be typed in all lower case or caps. It will then go to a purchase page and follow the next steps:

  1. Enter parish promo code.

  2. Click on Kentucky.

  3. Enter number of tickets under quantity and then click on add to cart.

  4. Select delivery method and then click on check out.

  5. Complete information on new online customers by clicking on register.

  6. Pay a $5 charge (for any size order), and pay only with a credit card.

Priority for seating will be provided through the Web site. The first ticket orders will receive the south end zone seats. Approximately 1,000 seats have been reserved for the south end zone and the remainder will be in the East Upper Deck. All requests for tickets to the October 14th game will be handled through the LSU Web site. Please call Terril Faul at 578-2196 or email at for any questions on purchasing tickets through the LSU Web site.

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92ND Annual 4-H University

The 92nd Annual 4-H University program was held June 20-23 on the LSU Campus. The 2006 event with the theme “Living the College Life” was attended by 1,506 4-H members and 202 agents and volunteers. The event included 44 contests, five Clover College tracts and 18 educational programs. 4-H members had an opportunity to earn scholarships, awards trips and represent Louisiana in national competition. Clover College participants received seven hours of instruction in Performing Arts, Camp Counselor Training, Operation Military Kids, Pursuing Victory with Honor and Sharpening Your Communication Skills in a 4-H youth legislature. The educational programs included Geauxing to College, the Mind Game by Dr. David Himelrick, Succeed through 4-H, Bio-Engineering, Swine Palace, Community Service and tours of Pennington, LaHouse, LSU Ag farms and dairy farm, Athletic Tour by LSU Volleyball Coaches, and Shaping Up by LSU personnel.

Georgia’s Clover & Co. performing arts group of 40 4-H members performed Tuesday night and then taught the Clover College tract on Performing Arts. The featured speaker on Wednesday night was Dr. Rick Rigsby from Texas A & M University, a professor in the Department of Speech Communication. On Thursday night General Russel Honore addressed the group on his 4-H experience as an eight-year 4-H member from Pointe Coupee Parish. Ten months ago, he was charged with overseeing the relief efforts after the worst natural disaster to hit the United States – Hurricane Katrina. Thursday night he told a group of 4-H’ers the leadership and values he learned as a 4-H’er "brought aid and safety to thousands along the Gulf Coast.” In 1962, he took his first trip out of Louisiana on a yellow school bus – and that was with 4-H, but on Thursday he came on a $40 million jet. He praised his 4-H agent as "being the most influential person in my life next to my father." Honore currently is the commanding general at Fort Gillem, Ga. He previously served as the commander of the Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense’s response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "I came back to the state at a trying time," he said. "Those lessons of compassion and commitment I learned in 4-H were helpful as we dealt with the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. You will be judged by your character. 4-H builds character.” With all the success he has had in his career, the decorated general said he has not forgotten his roots – calling himself a life-long 4-H’er. "I am proud to be from Louisiana. I am proud to be a 4-H’er. I am proud to be a soldier," he concluded.

The 4-H University program provides an opportunity for 4-H members to meet youth from around the state and develop life skills in working with youth and adults. To assure continued success with 4-H University, I’d like for you to send your recommendations and/or suggestions to the 4-H University Committee Chair, Tina Goebel, by July 24. Tina is an extension agent in Jefferson Davis Parish.

Chancellor Richardson and I have appointed the same committee to receive recommendations and finalize them for us by September 1. After reviewing and approving the recommendations from the 4-H University Committee, we will forward them to you. Those on the 4-H University Committee are:

Tina Goebel – Chair, Melissa Cater, Terril Faul, Janet Fox, Andrew Granger, Ann Gauthier, Kim Jones, Johnny Levasseur and Todd Tarifa. Three 4-H members will also be added to the committee.

Thanks for all you do for Louisiana’s youth.

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2006 National 4-H Hall of Fame

Mr. W. C. Abbott Sr., former Louisiana state 4-H leader 1919-1949, has been selected for the National 4 H Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Mr. Abbott was very creative and energetic in starting several new projects that increased 4-H enrollment from fewer than 15,000 to 65,000 members in his 30-year leadership. He organized the concepts of parish achievement days for competition and participation by Louisiana 4-H members. Mr. Abbott organized numerous new 4-H projects, including bees, orchards, forestry, poultry, corn, cotton, pigs and beef calf clubs. In 1923, Mr. Abbott introduced summer camps to Louisiana 4-H members prior to the establishment of a major camping facility. Six camps were designed and held across the state and were all held in woodland sections adjacent to running streams. He oversaw the building and creation of the first state 4-H camp at Camp Grant Walker in 1935. The camp was located in the center of the state and accommodated 300 campers.

Perhaps the most dramatic episode of Mr. Abbott’s long term of service was the project of selling sufficient war bonds to purchase a Liberty Ship during WWII. Although the goal of the campaign was set at less than $2,000,000, a total of more than $3.5 million of bonds was sold by 4-H members in Louisiana. The Liberty Ship was given the name of “Floyd W. Spencer,” an active rural youth worker during his lifetime. Club work began in Louisiana in 1908, and two years later Mr. Abbott organized club projects – tomatoes for girls and pigs for boys in Ascension Parish. Many of the sponsors for awards trips today are the result of Mr. Abbott’s work that began in 1922 in recruiting sponsors for awards and trips. He secured the sponsors and participated in the first National Club Congress in 1922.

The induction ceremonies will be October 6th during National 4-H Week at the National 4-H Center. Mr. Abbott will be represented by family members at the induction ceremonies. A total of 20 individuals were selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame this year.

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4-H License Plate

The Office of Motor Vehicles has released the 4-H license plate approved in 2002. The fee for the 4 H plate is $50 every two years ($25 per year) in addition to regular registration fees. Of the additional $25 fee, $15 will go to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and $10 to the 4-H foundation in the parish where the plate was sold. The following guidelines and procedures should be followed when applying for the new 4 H license plate:

Submit a photocopy of your vehicle registration certificate, proof of insurance and a brief note stating that you are applying for the 4-H license plate and the number you are requesting (if available).

Fees: Contact the SPECIAL & DEALER PLATE UNIT of the Office of Motor Vehicles at 225-925-6371 or 1-877-368-5463 with your current license plate number, and they will calculate your fees. Or visit the Web site for a Special Plate calculation. Please note: credit will be given on the unused portion of the current plate. Automobiles, trucks and motor homes are issued two-year validation stickers. You may apply in person at the OMV Headquarters (7979 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge) or mail to the following address:

Attn: Special Plate Unit
Office of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, La. 70896-4886

The entire process at OMV HQS in Baton Rouge takes less than 15 minutes. Please call Terril Faul at 225-578-2196 or Kara Samson at 225-578-2196 for any questions or information.

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Customer Satisfaction Survey

Results of a recently completed customer satisfaction survey were overwhelmingly positive with clientele expressing a high degree of satisfaction with extension educational programming in areas such as relevance, timeliness of delivery, up-to-date, ease of understanding, etc.  When asked how they felt, overall, about the services provided by extension, 93 percent replied that they were either very satisfied or satisfied.

The Organization Development and Evaluation (ODE) unit developed, distributed and analyzed the Customer Satisfaction Survey of Extension clientele.  A total of 300 clientele from 10 randomly selected parishes returned the survey questionnaire. Complete survey results may be viewed at

Parishes involved in the survey will be receiving individual parish results from ODE in the near future.

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