Jul 12, 2014 15:42 Business Briefs for June 22, 2014 Business Briefs for June 22, 2014 Advocate story July 12, 2014 Comments LSU plans forensic accounting, fraud event The LSU Department of Accounting will hold the 2014 Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference July 28-29 at the Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge. The conference is designed for certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants and other accounting and auditing professionals or educators. Participants can earn up to 13.5 hours of continuing professional education credit. Topics the first day include the behavioral side of forensic accounting; business valuations and effective management interviews; stopping health care fraud; government/university emphasis; interviewing; and how to tell if someone is lying. Topics the second day include things that can go wrong building the billion-dollar company; identifying and investigating securities fraud; structured finance fraud; badges of fraud; tracing hidden assets; and the psychology of fraud. The registration fee is $300 for both days or $150 for individual days. To register, go to www.business.lsu.edu/accounting. LSU AgCenter joins Miss. River task force The LSU AgCenter and 11 other land-grant universities recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Task Force. The task force, which was established in 1997, consists of five federal agencies and the environmental and agricultural agencies of 12 states. The land-grant universities are being brought aboard to help reduce pollution produced by nitrogen and phosphorus that help farmers improve yields, but can make their way into streams and rivers and also contribute to a low-oxygen, or hypoxic, zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Although land-grant universities in the Mississippi River drainage basin have long been doing research on soil conservation, nutrient management and water quality, they were never included as formal members of the task force until now, said Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor for plant and soil science programs. “This is the value of U.S. land-grant universities to the task force,” said Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture. “Our scientists have a history of success in generating research needed for technology and science-based recommendations for environmental sustainability.” Starting business event planned in Mandeville The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will offer a free seminar on starting and financing a business. The program is planned for June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the university’s St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Topics include entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funding for startup and expansion, small business resources and required licenses. To register or for information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (985) 549-3831. Registration is also online at www.lsbdc.org.