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New Raceland Ag Center offices now open

New Raceland Ag Center offices now open

Updating the offices used by agricultural agents in Lafourche Parish, located on 115 Texas St., Raceland, was a goal of many associated with the agricultural industry locally for a long time after spending the past 78 years in Thibodaux.

The agricultural center just underwent a $1.3 million overhaul that included work on offices, bathrooms and the addition of a commercial kitchen.

The meeting barn and showroom were also part of the improvements, according to parish officials.
Parish estimates suggest the facility services more than 285 cattle farmers, 100 sugar cane farmers and 1,100 4-H Club members per month.

In a previous interview, Mike Hebert, a Lafourche Parish agent with the LSU Agricultural Center said he had been eagerly awaiting this effort for a long time and added, “The expansion allows for a centralized office with the Agricultural Exhibit Building, which is more efficient and accessible for the residents of Lafourche Parish.”

Besides serving as a meeting and event hub, the Raceland Agricultural Center was also designed as an emergency evacuation site for pets and livestock when residents need assistance in protecting those animals, said Parish President Charlotte Randolph.

“Through the years, we’ve attempted to improve this much-used facility with limited resources. This grant (Hurricane Gustav/Ike Recovery Program) enabled us to create a professional office complex for the AG employees, and a more-user friendly building for hosting events,” Randolph said.