BUSINESS

LSU Agcenter wants back in Lamar-Dixon

Staff reports

LSU’s AgCenter wants to return to Lamar-Dixon for the 2010 Livestock Show, according Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor for extension.

Uncertainty over the status of the facility has left the show up in the air due to expiration of the Ag-Center’s three-year contract with the expo-center.

“The Ascension Parish Council has recently passed an ordinance to exercise their option to purchase the facility,” Coreil said in a release. “Once the sale is complete, the LSU AgCenter looks forward to staying at Lamar Dixon and negotiating a more permanent agreement in the coming weeks, including holding the 2010 show in Gonzales.”

For the past five years, the LSU AgCenter hosted the annual statewide Livestock Show at the expo center in Gonzales. Because the status of this facility has been unknown, the location for 2010 show, to which nearly 3,000 4-H and FFA members bring their award-winning animals to compete for the best-of-the-best, has been up in the air.

“The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center has been a popular venue for our livestock show,” said Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension. “The center is big enough to meet our educational needs, conveniently located and has served us well for the past six years.”

Dates for the 2010 show, which will be the 75th annual show celebration, have been tentatively set for Feb. 13-20, Coreil said.