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31st Annual Ag Expo kicks off

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WEST MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - Baby chicks and big rigs alike are on display at West Monroe's 31st Annual Ag Expo.

Whether it's wine, seeds or sauces, Louisiana's home-grown flavor is in full view and the crowds keep on coming.

"Just about anything that touches agriculture is going to be here and a few fun things in addition to that," Ag Expo Executive Director, Sandy Lyons, said.

But beneath all the fun is a chance to teach.

"One of the main goals we have at the LSU Ag Center is to teach the public and kids about where their food comes from and about agriculture," Ouachita Parish Ag Agent, Richard Letlow, said.

"We always have some of the kids that think a porkchop comes from a cow," Regional Livestock Specialist, Jason Holmes, said.

"We really want the kids to know that hamburgers come from cows," said Assistant 4H Agent for East Carroll Parish, Brandon Sostand. "You don't just go to McDonald's and get it. And a two-piece comes from chickens, not Popeye's."

While the next generation is learning, veterans of the fields help their work grow.

"Soil compaction is very important to our farmers and soil compaction is directly related to the inflation pressure of the tire," said Wayne Birkenholz with Firestone Farm Tires.

The Ag Expo's got plenty of fun and games but also plenty of chances for the old hand at agriculture to pass on knowledge to the young ones to keep this culture flowing for years to come.

The expo goes on at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center until 8:00 P.M. on Friday.

You can catch it again on Saturday from 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

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