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   Farmer of the Year
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"The Louisiana Farmer of the Year Program" was started in 1998 as a partnership with the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as a way to honor Louisiana's number one industry: agriculture.

Nominees are chosen from producers around the state, no matter what commodity they grow. The nominations are sent to an out of state panel of professional judges and from those nominations, three finalists are selected with one of those is selected as "Louisiana Farmer of the Year."

Past winners have included farmers that produce cotton, grains, sweet potatoes, hogs, cattle and peaches. The winner is announced each spring during a banquet and awards presentation ceremony. This year the ceremony will be at John Folse's White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The Farmer of the Year is presented with several awards and a cash award of $1000. The two other finalists each receive a cash award of $500.


Ville Platte man named 2008 best farmer, other finalists from Hamburg, Ponchatoula
2008 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.

Richard Fontenot can’t sit still. With more than 2,500 acres to farm, he can’t afford to. But his efforts and contributions to Louisiana agriculture led to his being named the 2008 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.

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