Hudson Michael, Gautreaux, Craig | 11/1/2006 3:22:57 AM
Officials are seeking nominations for the next Louisiana Farmer of the Year through mid-December.
Now in its 10th year, the annual award is intended to recognize the outstanding contributions made to Louisiana through agriculture. The Farmer of the Year program is coordinated by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Agri-News Network and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Nominations or applications for the 2007 Louisiana Farmer of the Year award, which will be presented at a banquet March 2 in Baton Rouge, are being accepted through Dec. 15. Forms to nominate someone else or apply personally can be obtained at parish LSU AgCenter extension offices or online at www.lsuagcenter.com/farmeroftheyear.
Producers from all areas of agriculture are eligible to enter.
"We all benefit from agriculture. From the food on our tables, the fibers of our clothes to the homes that we live in –, all are composed of agricultural products," LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson said. "This is our way to thank those people who make it all possible."
Applications will be screened, and the three finalists will be recognized at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 2. The winner, who will be announced at that event, will receive a cash award, prizes and a proclamation from the governor.
This is the tenth year that the Louisiana Farmer of the Year award will be presented. Last year’s winner was Larry Sayes, a cotton and grain farmer from Avoyelles Parish.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture