Kenneth Gautreaux | 10/25/2008 12:42:47 AM
News Release Distributed 10/24/08
To recognize the outstanding contributions made to Louisiana through agriculture, the Louisiana Agri-News Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will honor the 2009 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Nominations for the award are being accepted now through Dec. 15, 2008. Application forms can be obtained at any parish LSU AgCenter Extension Service office or online at www.lsuagcenter.com/farmeroftheyear. Producers from all areas of agriculture are eligible to enter.
“In Louisiana, the agricultural sector plays a vital economic role. In some areas, it is responsible for employing more than 50 percent of the local population. This event helps acknowledge those remarkable individuals who make a significant contribution to our citizens in so many ways,” said LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson.
Three finalists will be recognized at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 6, 2009, with the winner receiving a proclamation from the governor, a cash award and other prizes.
This is the 12th year the Louisiana Farmer of the Year award will be presented. Last year’s winner was Richard Fontenot, a rice and crawfish farmer from Evangeline Parish.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture