LSU AgCenter Bringing Ag Alley Body Walk To North La. Ag Expo

Cynthia Stephens, Coolman, Denise, Agan, Cathy B.  |  1/5/2006 3:17:33 AM

Dr. Bob Hutchinson, LSU AgCenter Northeast Region director, explains the importance of the cotton industry to the Louisiana economy to a group of students during the LSU AgCenter's Ag Alley in 2005. Ag Alley is a combination of several “alleys” filled with information about different commodities grown in Louisiana. It will be featured again at the 2006 North Louisiana Ag Expo slated for Jan. 20-21 at the Monroe Civic Center.

News Release Distributed 01/04/06

MONROE – The LSU AgCenter is bringing its Ag Alley and Body Walk exhibits to the North Louisiana Ag Expo 2006 Jan. 20-21 at the Monroe Civic Center.

Coordinated by the LSU AgCenter, Ag Alley is a combination of several "alleys" filled with information about different commodities grown in Louisiana. This is the third year Ag Alley is making an appearance at the Ag Expo.

The LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley features information about rice, cotton, forestry, horticulture, poultry and farm animals. The University of Louisiana at Monroe also will host a "mini farm" where people of all ages can enjoy farm animals and learn more about the important roles they play in our lives.

"I encourage everyone to join us," said Cynthia Stephens, an LSU AgCenter agent in Ouachita Parish. "Ag Alley continues to grow to meet the needs of adults and to educate youth about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. Even people who are involved in agriculture every day are amazed at the various other commodities and how they enable us to live as we do."

In addition to Ag Alley, the Body Walk will be set up for youth tours. This joint project of the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, which is designed to help in the fight against childhood obesity, features a nine-stop tour of the human body including the brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin.

"The Body Walk provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Louisiana students to learn about their bodies and the importance of making healthy choices," said Cathy Agan, an LSU AgCenter family and nutrition program agent. "It is a wonderful way for students to have fun learning about health, nutrition and physical activity."

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

In addition to Ag Alley and the Body Walk, LSU AgCenter area agents will be on hand during show hours to answer commodity-related questions.

"In the past two years, the public has had numerous questions concerning backyard chicken flocks, gardening and forestry," Stephens said. "Although LSU AgCenter agents are always available to answer questions, this is a perfect time to meet agents you can call upon all year."

For more information, contact Agan or Stephens at (318) 323-2251 or by e-mailing or


Cathy Agan at (318) 323-2251 or
Cynthia Stephens at (318) 323-2251 or
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or

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