LSU agriculture students are upset about LSU Agricultural Center plans to shut down its swine farm.

About 40 LSU students met Tuesday with faculty leaders and LSU College of Agriculture Dean Kenneth Koonce to express their frustrations about the decision that will affect the university's animal sciences program and more.

Chancellor Bill Richardson tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/qDeIC3 ) the LSU AgCenter made the budgetary decision to shut down the swine farm by the end of the fiscal year in June.

Richardson said the farm is losing $150,000 a year and there's no longer a swine industry in Louisiana.

He said the swine unit has been on the potential chopping block for a while, and this year's state budget cuts to higher education forced the decision.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

 

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