James L. Dardeau
Year Inducted: 2011
James Dardeau’s 29-year extension career began in 1964. He served the LSU AgCenter as 4-H agent in Cameron, Natchitoches and Vermilion parishes, was county agent and parish chairman in Vermilion Parish and district agent in the Southwest District. His first involvement in 4-H was as an active club member in Evangeline Parish, attending camps, demonstration contests, achievement days and livestock shows. As a 4-H agent, he organized a club for special needs children, implemented a beef grazing program and started award trips for junior leaders. As parish chairman, he spearheaded a successful campaign to pass a sales tax to fund a new extension office and barn. In 1983, he helped establish the Vermilion 4-H Foundation to provide financial support to members. In his tenure as an administrator, he was a strong advocate of the advisory committee process and encouraged total staff involvement in major 4-H events and activities. While serving as district agent, he planned and executed a two-day retreat for 4-H agents and their spouses to discuss benefits, insurance and personnel matters. Mr. Dardeau is active in school, civic and church organizations and served as school board member for Mount Carmel and Vermilion Catholic High School. He was recipient of many distinguished service awards. In 1989, the Vermilion Parish 4-H Achievement Day was dedicated to Mr. Dardeau, a recognition program he helped establish in the parish.