Advance tickets to Ag Expo 2014 will save adults $2 each. General admission at the door for Ag Expo will be $7 for adults; advance tickets are $5 each. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Advance tickets are available in Monroe at Louisiana Land Bank, 2411 Tower Drive; In West Monroe at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane St.; and in Ruston at Irrigation-Mart, 300 S. Service Rd. East and Southern Ag Credit, 2025 Farmerville Hwy during regular business hours.

Ag Expo will be held Jan. 17 and 18 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. Friday hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s show will feature 130 exhibitors in 180 booths, the largest ever. Heavy Equipment and new farming technology, products and services, plus LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley, including popular mini-farm will fill the Ike’s main arena. The outside arena and barns will be full of animals.

Cattle dog trials (border collies working cattle) will be held all day Friday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Ike Hamilton West Arena. The Southern Stock Dog Association will be conducting the trials, and teams are coming from as far away as Oklahoma to compete. New this year, the Association will be conducting Stock Dog demos every half hour all day Saturday.

The Miniature (Cow) Zebu Show will be featured Saturday, and the Jr. Livestock Show will begin Friday evening and continue all day Saturday. A total of 130 exhibitors in 180 booths, featuring technology, products and services, plus LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley, including mini-farm will fill the main arena.

This popular educational and networking event is produced each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, LA Tech University, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, The Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monsanto and seventeen corporate and media sponsors. The event provides education to area producers and the general public about new technologies and techniques, the economic impact of agriculture to the region and how agricultural products are used as food and fiber in our lives as well as networking opportunities for agri-business.