Kenneth Gautreaux | 10/23/2007 6:23:08 PM
To recognize the outstanding contributions made to Louisiana agriculture, the Louisiana Agri-News Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are seeking nominations for the 2008 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
The deadline is Dec. 14, 2007. Application forms can be obtained at any LSU AgCenter parish office or online at www.lsuagcenter.com/farmeroftheyear. Producers from all areas of agriculture are eligible.
“Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry in our state. It provides jobs for our economy, products that we use every day and the food that sustains us. This event is our way to thank those people who make it all possible,” said LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson.
Three finalists will be recognized at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2008, with the winner receiving a cash award, prizes and a proclamation from the governor.
This is the 11th year that the award will be presented. Last year’s winner was Vendal Fairchild, a cotton and grain farmer from West Carroll Parish.
Judges for the event will be extension service representatives from neighboring states. Contestants will be evaluated on criteria such as yield data, innovation techniques and commitment to agricultural organizations.
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The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture