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LSU College of Agriculture dean fears budget cuts will harm recruiting

Bill Richardson, the Dean of the LSU Department of Agriculture Bill Richardson, the Dean of the LSU Department of Agriculture
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The dean of LSU’s College of Agriculture spoke with the Baton Rouge Press Club today to go over budgets.

Bill Richardson’s main concern is with the projections of doom and gloom in the state budget. He fears the negative image will turn off potential recruits who might be thinking of going to LSU.

"The first day the TOPS question came out, we got 30 calls." said Richardson. "Juniors saying 'mom says we can't go to school' because of enrollment concerns at the university."

Richardson says he has $30 million dollars less than he did eight years ago to run his department. He says he needs to cut back on experiment stations, the statewide lifeblood of the LSU Ag Program at LSU. Those cuts ultimately mean the program can't sustain as many services.

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