Crawfish Expo Set For Dec. 9

Bruce Schultz  |  4/19/2005 10:29:15 PM

News Release Distributed 12/02/04

CROWLEY – The 2004 Crawfish Expo is set for Thursday (Dec. 9) at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena adjacent to the LSU AgCenter’s Acadia Parish Extension Service office on Cherokee Drive.

The event will include a trade show starting at 8 a.m. at the arena and educational programs beginning at 10 a.m. in the LSU AgCenter’s Extension office.

Stephen Minvielle, Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association president, said 47 vendors in the crawfish business have reserved booth space – in addition to several agencies that will have informational booths.

"The event is a trade show, and it’s intended for current and potential crawfish producers and associated agribusiness representatives," Minvielle said.

The educational program will open with remarks by Dr. Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor; Bob Odom, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; and Dwight Landreneau, secretary of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Ray McClain, aquaculture professor at the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station, will make a presentation on the problems with inconsistency in crawfish reproduction.

At 11 a.m., Dr. Jay Huner of the Crawfish Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will give tips for producers who harvest early.

The morning’s educational presentations will be followed by a business meeting for the re-organized Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association and 11:30 a.m. and a lunch for LCFA members.

After lunch, a question-and-answer forum will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Panelists for that session will be Dr. Robert Romaire and Dr. Greg Lutz, both of the LSU AgCenter’s Aquaculture Research Station; Mark Shirley, an aquaculture agent with the LSU AgCenter; Dr. Ron Harrell of the Louisiana Farm Bureau; McClain; Huner and Minvielle.

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Writer:     Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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