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Ag Alley Day in West Monroe

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Field trips are still a high light of elementary school and thanks to the Ag Center more than 500 children got out of the classroom for some hands-on learning. Today was the kickoff event for the 32nd Annual Ag Expo. As our Nolan Crane reports, the West Monroe Ike Hamilton Expo Center has been transformed into a farm and garden to teach young and old about agricultural.

Students from all across Northeast Louisiana love coming here to Ag Alley Days because it's hands on. They get to pet the chickens and they learn where they come from and they say they learn a lot of things that they had no idea about.

"This gives the kids an opportunity to visually see where their food comes from before it gets on their table," said Nancy Farley.

This fourth grade class from J.S. Clark Magnet School also learned that chips and brownies use cottonseed oil that comes from these cotton plants. Thanks to corn people are able to chew gum, eat candy and enjoy snacks. However, when it comes to resources, 99 percent of a cow is used when it is processed.

"Besides our steaks and ground meat and roast that most of the kids know about, they don't realize that medicines and some of their foods and lipstick, your make-up and health products, shampoo. Just simple things like that, that they use every day comes from a byproduct of a beef cow," said Markaye Russell.

Students like Gabrielle are excited her class got to participate today.

"I've been looking forward to this for a while and my teacher said there were going to be a lot of animals and we're going to learn a lot," said Gabrielle Kelley.

And there are a lot of animals. The students were not the only ones learning.

The West Monroe Ike Hamilton Expo Center has been transformed for school kids today and tomorrow, but Friday and Saturday they're going to open it up to the public where anybody can come and learn about the same things the kids are learning about.

The Ag expo taking place Friday and Saturday is also about eight times bigger with a lot more exhibits. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

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