(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University is closing three of its Agricultural Center research stations in the face of state budget cuts.

The AgCenter is permanently shutting down its Calhoun Research Center near Monroe, the Rosepine Research Center in Vernon Parish and the Coastal Area Research Station in Plaquemines Parish, which used to be a citrus station

AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson told The Advocate on Friday that budget cuts played a part in the decision. Richardson said small staffs at the three stations made it logical to shut them down and save about $750,000 annually.