Registration is under way for the 2004 AgOutlook Conference Jan. 15 in Monroe.
The conference, which will precede the opening of AgExpo 2004 in Monroe, will give Louisiana farmers and agribusiness leaders an opportunity to continue discussing issues facing agriculture and working toward solutions to the problems they face.
Operating under the theme of "Agriculture for the Future," the AgOutlook conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Suites and Conference Center on U.S. 165 in Monroe.
The 2004 AgOutlook Conference will feature experts discussing topics such as payment limitations, international trade, commodity outlooks, alternative land uses and precision agriculture. It is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Bayer CropScience.
There is no registration fee for participating in the AgOutlook conference, but advance registration is required. To register or obtain additional information, visit the conference Web site at old.lsuagcenter.com/2004agoutlook/.
"We think this conference is a great way for people to continue to play a vital role in addressing the future of agriculture – and continuing to find solutions to current issues facing agriculture," said Dr. William B. "Bill" Richardson , chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. "Better yet, because of the location, we hope to make this a tri-state event that draws participants from Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as Louisiana."
In addition to its part in coordinating and sponsoring the AgOutlook Conference, the LSU AgCenter also plays a variety of roles in the Northeast Louisiana Ag Expo, which will be held Jan. 16-17 at the Monroe Civic Center.
Among those roles is coordinating Ag Alley – a hands-on set of exhibits designed to highlight such Louisiana commodities as cotton, forestry and farm animals, as well as our milk industry, poultry production, careers in agriculture and much more.
"Join us in Ag Alley for a unique learning experience," said Frankie Gould, the LSU AgCenter’s director of communications and public relations. "See first hand the process of growing cotton and how it transforms from a mere seed to fiber we use every day.
"Learn the life cycle of chickens as they go from an egg hatching to a processed broiler. Understand how trees are harvested and transformed into vital items that are used in the home and our world. Visit the mini farm to see farm animals and their important roles in our lives. All of those activities and more will be part of Ag Alley!"
Ag Alley will be located in the Monroe Civic Center Conference Hall. The educational hall will be open to 4th and 8th grade classes from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Jan. 16. It also will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Jan. 17. A $5 fee at the door will be charged to enjoy all the activities and booths at the Ag Expo.