Ag Day was held on June 10, 2013 St. Helena Parish Park 227 Park Loop Road, Greensburg, LA. This day was organized by LSU SU AgCenter, Save Rural America and USDA of Amite, LA. Approximately 100 youth and adults were in attendance along with Angela Myles, LSU AgCenter, Associate Extension Agent, Toni Melton, Youth Coordinator, John Holiday, SU Agricuture Aide rode buses taking them to various farms.
At the start of this day those attending were able to tour LSU Research Station Franklinton, La. The Southeast Research Station has been devoted to serving the people of Louisiana for more than 50 years. It is committed to the advancement of dairy farming and forage production, while promoting good land stewardship throughout Louisiana. The Station is in the heart of the dairy region in Louisiana (St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes), where more than 90 percent of Louisiana dairy cows are kept. A team of specialists generates research and extension information in a range of disciplines; particularly forage quality, dairy nutrition, wastewater treatment and nutrient management.
The free-stall barn has the capacity to house up to 200 lactating dairy cows and another 200 head of young stock are raised on the station.
The Station’s Forage Quality Laboratory is fully equipped to provide basic feed analyses for farmers in Louisiana and Mississippi. The tour continued to Mr. Warner Hall's garden in which there were watermelons, green onions, red beans and many other healthy produce to see. The next stop was Mr. Quincy Walker Farm was located in Tangipaho Parish. Youth and Adults were able to harvest potatoes and squash to bring home. The group was able to visit Johnson Roping Pin in Amite, LA. Mr. Richard Johnson was able to give youth a horseback ride and tours of the ranch. At the conclusion of Ag Day Eual Hall & LaKeisha Giddens from Southern University Ag Center discussed the procedures of how to start a small business. The Ag Center would like to thank Mr. Warner Hall for making this event a success.
Youth and adults learned the importance of agriculture and received a better understanding of where food comes from, how it is grown, and the care of animals.