Ag Expos events set in north Louisiana

The North Louisiana Agri-Business Council's Ag Expo, an event that promotes the agribusiness industry and educates the public on the importance of agriculture, will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event has moved from the Monroe Civic Center to the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. Approximately 8,000 people are expected to attend.

The cost is $5 per person. Children six years old and under are admitted at no cost.

The LSU AgCenter coordinates Ag Alley, a combination of several “alleys” filled with information about different commodities grown in Louisiana. Sweet potatoes, horticulture, cotton and equine exhibits are featured this year.

Ag Expo events include antique tractors, farm equipment and technology displays, a Junior Livestock Show on Saturday, tasting of Louisiana commodities, and visits by Smokey the Bear and Elsie the Cow.

A forestry landowners' meeting on how to hand down property is $10 and includes a ticket to the expo. Steve Hotard, LSU AgCenter agent, will conduct the seminar from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For Ag Expo information, contact Janet Rutledge at (318) 355-2495. The expo Web site is

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