The LAVMA board of directors and advisors met on August 4th. to plan for the 2016 conference. Due to the ever increasing cost of hosting the meeting at the Paragon, coupled with the budget cuts of many government agencies, the board voted to revise the format of the annual meeting in Marksville. Starting in 2016 the RE-CERTIFCATION portion of the meeting will be a ONE day class only , on Wednesday, February 3rd. Those that wish to become CERTIFIED applicators will arrive on Tuesday, February 2nd, for a class starting at 10:00 AM. The exams will be given after lunch on the following day. The conference social held each year has been moved to the exhibit hall on Tuesday evening at 5:30. Vendors will arrive on Tuesday beginning at 10:00 am for set up, and exhibit on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday until 3:30 PM . The conference program is finalized and is posted on this website. Letters and registration forms will be mailed in December 2015. First time test takers should order study guides in advance of the meeting. The study guides can be ordered on this website or from the LSU AG Center, at 225-578-5920. All first time test takers will be required to take the “General Standards” exam. In addition, Right of Way applicators will be required to take the Right of Way exam. If applying herbicides to aquatic situations, it will be necessary to take the Aquatics Exam. The fee for the ROW and Aquatics exam is $25.00 each and checks are to be made payable to the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry. Please note, LDAF will not accept cash, checks only. The cost of the study guides are as follows: General Standards, $16.35, Aquatics, $8.72 and Right of Way, $13.08. These prices include sales tax. Please make the check payable to LSU AgCenter. To make hotel room reservations you have two options: One, click the link below and enter the password “vegman”. You will be redirected to the hotel reservation link. Second, you can call the hotel directly at 1-800-642-7777 to speak to a hotel operator. You will be required to give them the group code LAVMA 01G to receive the group rate. Please have a credit card ready when making you hotel reservation. Click Here for hotel reservations.