John B. Levasseur, Mcbride, Jere M., Coolman, Denise | 7/30/2005 12:10:15 AM
SHREVEPORT – LSU AgCenter and State Fair of Louisiana officials recently entered an agreement designed to improve the State Fair’s Junior Livestock Show.
According to Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of extension, a five-year contract was signed this month (in July). The contract is intended to help the livestock show operate more efficiently, he said.
"This contract allows for the LSU AgCenter and the State Fair of Louisiana Livestock Show Management team to join together in planning and organizing the Junior Livestock Shows," Corel said. "We believe this collaborative effort will ensure a high quality Junior Livestock Show at the State Fair of Louisiana."
Details of the agreement show that LSU AgCenter officials agree to provide superintendents, show workers and show ring assistants for Junior Livestock Shows. The State Fair of Louisiana will provide the tools necessary for AgCenter personnel to effectively operate the livestock shows, including office space.
The State Fair’s Junior Livestock Show is one of the major shows for young people in the state, said Dr. Jere McBride, the LSU AgCenter’s Northwest Region director.
"This agreement provides for a renewed relationship between the two organizations – creating an opportunity to improve the quality of the Junior Livestock Show as well as other livestock shows held in conjunction with the State Fair of Louisiana," McBride said.
John LeVasseur, an LSU AgCenter county agent in Caddo Parish, said the agreement will benefit everyone associated with the State Fair Livestock Show.
"With both parties working together, we can expect improvements to be accomplished through increased participation as well as show quality," said LeVasseur, who worked closely with State Fair officials on details of the agreement.
According to McBride, the LSU AgCenter administration believes "the agreement is a significant step forward for the Junior Livestock Show and an important opportunity for our youth," adding the collaboration is "exciting and brings new potential" to one of the strongest livestock programs in the country.
Jere McBride at (318) 741-7430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
John LeVasseur at (318) 226-6805 or email@example.com
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or firstname.lastname@example.org