The Hammond Research Station recently dedicated new facilities, a $1.1 million dollar project. The Hammond Research Station is one of the twenty research stations operated by LSU AgCenter.
The new facilities include an office building that houses an office for the manager and six offices for personnel. The 3,900 square-foot building also features a roomy 100-capacity conference room with state-of-the-art telecommunication equipment. A 1,400 square-foot multi-purpose building was also dedicated. The building includes two offices, a lab area, and a room for preparing plant samples. The new buildings replace those built in the 1950's.
The new facilities will allow for more research and educational programs for the public and professional growers. The conference room's telecommunication system will allow the station to televise educational programs and information to other AgCenters statewide.
The LSU AgCenter's main focus has been to conduct agricultural research for southeast Louisiana , especially in the field of vegetable and strawberry production, being major crops in the area. A new focus has been added with the development of the "green industry".
The "green industry" contributes about 2.2 billion dollars to the state's economy and is growing each year. The new facilities in Hammond will allow for more research in the new field of "green living".
LSU AgCenter hosts an awesome website, www.lsuagcenter.com. You will be surprised at all the information you can easily access from food safety to Holiday tips. You can also learn about the research the AgCenter is doing and what educational programs are being offered.