Co-hosted by the LSU AgCenter, North Louisiana Agri Business Council and the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce, this event will focus on some of the top agriculture topics today, according to Bob Hutchinson, LSU AgCenter Northeast Region director.

"This event is family oriented," Hutchinson said. "We'll have booths set up for people with farming interests and for homemakers and children. There'll be something for everyone."

In addition to the regular exhibits, the 2004 Ag Expo will feature “Ag Alley.” Ag Alley, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, will feature a host of exhibits on cotton, poultry, forestry and farm animals together with Agriculture Career Booths, and many other booths to show how agriculture affects our daily lives.

Borden’s Elsie the Cow will also be a new feature at the 2004 Ag Expo. General admission is $5.

Events for the 2004 Ag Expo include:

Friday, Jan. 16

9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Monroe Civic Center Theater

Guest Keynote Speaker:

Richard A. Brock, with the commodity advisory firm Brock Associates in Milwaukee, Wis., will speak on the economy and the commodity markets.

11:30 a.m.

Monroe Civic Center Arena Lobby

Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 22nd Annual Ag Expo.

11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Monroe Civic Center Complex

Ag Expo 2004 Opens

Arena, Inside & Outside

Commercial Exhibits

Conference Hall/Ag Education Hall

“Ag Alley” hands-on exhibit highlighting the commodities cotton, poultry, & timber

Borden’s “Elsie” the Cow

Hands-on farm area exhibit

Mini Farm & Petting Zoo

Numerous educational displays highlighting all aspects of agriculture - commodities, farming, higher educational opportunities for students, animal production and management

River Cities Art Exhibition

5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Monroe Civic Center Arena

Drawing for a $500 Cash Prize - Need not be present to win - must be at least 18 years old to register

9 p.m.

Ag Expo closes

Saturday, January 17

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Livestock Pavilion

Ag Expo 2004 Livestock Show Late Registration

9 a.m.- Until

Livestock Pavilion

Ag Expo 2004 Livestock Show - Open free to the public

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monroe Civic Center Complex

Ag Expo 2004 Opens

Arena, Inside & Outside

Commercial Exhibits

Conference Hall/Ag EducationHall

“Ag Alley” hands-on exhibit highlighting the commodities cotton, poultry, & timber

Borden’s “Elsie” the cow

Hands-on Farm area exhibit

Mini Farm & Petting Zoo

Numerous educational displays highlighting all aspects of agriculture - commodities,

Farming, higher educational opportunities for students, animal production and Management

River Cities Art Exhibition

Noon

Livestock Pavilion

Herman McGuire presents World Famous Horse, Pale Face and Trick Dog, Harley

No admission charge for Livestock Show - Open to the public

5 p.m.

Monroe Civic Center Arena

Final drawing for $500 Cash Prize - Need not be present to win - must be at least 18 years old to register

Monroe Civic Center Complex

Ag Expo 2004 Exhibits Close

A. Denise Coolman is a writer with the LSU AgCenter.

e-mail: dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu