Jul 26, 2014 18:13 Business Briefs for July 6, 2014 Business Briefs for July 6, 2014 Advocate story July 26, 2014 Comments BR Bar planning fall expo, conference The Baton Rouge Bar Association will host its annual Fall Expo and Conference Sept. 11 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel Baton Rouge. The event includes seminars and the Law Expo tradeshow, where businesses can showcase their services and network with legal professionals. For sponsorship or booth information, contact BRBA Communications Coordinator Pamela Labbe at (215) 214-5560. Conservation program accepting renewals Participants who enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program during 2010 have from July 11 to Sept. 12 to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activities that will benefit priority natural resource issues. The program, offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, helps farmers and ranchers improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat. About 300 CSP contracts in Louisiana are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period and may be renewed for five years where participants agree to take additional conservation measures. More information is available at www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted. LSU AgCenter plans area rice field days The LSU AgCenter will hold two area field days for rice farmers in July. Speakers at the events will include scientists from the AgCenter Rice Research Station, who will talk about rice variety development, controlling pests and diseases, soybeans and the grain market. July 8: The Vermilion Parish Rice Field Day will start at 3 p.m. at the Sammy Noel farm on La. 335 between Abbeville and Kaplan, and then at 4 p.m. at the Lounsberry Farm off La. Highway 14 east of the Mermentau River and Lake Arthur. July 22: The St. Landry Parish rice and soybean field day will be held at the Charles Fontenot farm north of Palmetto, starting with registration at 8 a.m. For more information, contact the Rice Research Station at (337) 788-7531. Wal-Mart accepting nonprofit applications The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through July 12 for its State Giving Program. Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $24 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Louisiana over the last fiscal year. The program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. The Walmart Foundation has a state advisory council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. More information is available at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.