Ag Alley To Offer Educational Opportunities

Cynthia Stephens, Coolman, Denise  |  4/21/2005 11:43:17 PM

News Release Distributed 01/06/05


MONROE – Youth and adults will have a new path of learning to travel when they visit Ag Alley at Northeast Louisiana Ag Expo 2005 Jan. 21-22 at the Monroe Civic Center.

Ag Alley, which is coordinated by the LSU AgCenter, is a combination of several "alleys" filled with information about different commodities grown in Louisiana. This year’s exhibits also will include a horticulture alley.

Mike Rome, an LSU AgCenter agent in Madison Parish, said attractions planned for the horticulture alley include a landscape exhibit with a water feature, exhibits showing what plants need to help them grow and an exhibit on irrigation.

Other highlights of the horticulture alley will be a growth media exhibit, a plant nutrient/fertilizer exhibit, a potting exhibit, a photosynthesis exhibit, a botany exhibit and an exhibit explaining careers in horticulture.

In addition to the horticulture alley, Ag Alley also will feature alleys filled with information about cotton, forestry and poultry. It also will include a "mini farm" – where people see farm animals and learn more about the important roles they play in our lives.

Cynthia Stephens, an LSU AgCenter agent in Ouachita Parish, said LSU AgCenter area specialists will be on hand during show hours to answer commodity-related questions.

"I encourage everyone to join us in Ag Alley for a unique learning experience," Stephens said. "Some of the things they can learn by coming to Ag Alley include the process of growing cotton and how it transforms from a seed to fiber we use every day.

"They will also be able to learn the life cycle of chickens as they go from an egg to a processed broiler. In addition, visitors to Ag Alley will be able to understand how trees are harvested and transformed into vital items that are used in the home and our world."

In addition, the LSU AgCenter will have an information booth that will showcase agriculture and natural resources in Louisiana, as well as its 4-H youth programs and family and consumer sciences educational programs.

Ag Alley will be in the Monroe Civic Center Conference Hall. A $5 fee will be charged to enjoy all the activities and booths at Ag Expo.

For more information, call Rome at (318) 574-2165 or Stephens at (318) 323-2251.

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Contacts: 
                Mike Rome at (318) 574-2165 or mrome@agcenter.lsu.edu 
                Cynthia Stephens at (318) 323-2251 or cstephens@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: 
                A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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