February 7, 2018 Edition

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Christina Spencer of Powhatan (right) with LakeView Angus Farms visits with David Martin (left) with Purina Mills, LLC, and Kristina Young of Powell Feed and Milling Co. in Imboden during the Lawrence and Randolph County Agri Appreciation Expo on Friday at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
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Ag Expo draws crowd

Approximately 500 attended the 2018 Lawrence and Randolph County Agri Appreciation Expo on Friday at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The event featured expert speakers in the areas of row crops, livestock and horticulture. There were also special sessions for high school students who attended the event to learn more about the agriculture field.

Lesa Walter, Lawrence County Chamber director, said the expo, which is a joint venture of the two counties' Extension services and chambers, is a great program.

"The speakers provide wonderful information, the vendors make contact with the Agri community and it's a prime networking opportunity for anyone in ag-related businesses," she said. "Door prizes and a catfish meal with all the fixings is an added bonus."

Lawrence County Extension Agent Bryce Baldridge said the expo was a tremendous success.

He said he received the following feedback from one of the Lawrence County farmers who attended: "I really enjoyed the recent Ag Expo. The row crop sessions were taught by the state specialists for each topic. I think the classes were perhaps the best ever."

Baldridge said local residents had the opportunity to listen to presentations given regarding crop production, forage production and horticulture, and youth from area schools were introduced to what local colleges have to offer them in the agricultural field.

"A special thanks needs to be given to all of the vendors who participated," he said. "Without their support this expo would not be possible."

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