LSU AgCenter leadership program graduates 15th class

Johnny Morgan  |  2/28/2018 9:00:16 PM

(02/28/18) BATON ROUGE, La. The 15th class of the LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development Program completed its two-year course of study with graduation on Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge.

Twenty-two leaders in agriculture production and related industries from around the state were awarded diplomas and leadership pins, said program director Bobby Soileau.

“This is an outstanding group of agricultural leaders,” Soileau said. “The knowledge and skills they have attained will make them more effective leaders in the future.”

The leadership program prepares men and women who are established in their communities and dedicated to the agriculture industry to take leadership roles on issues that affect Louisiana agriculture at local, national and global levels.

Class 9 alumnus Marty Wooldridge, a beef cattle producer from Oil City, served as the master of ceremonies.

Class 12 alumnus Troy Romero, a sports turf grass specialist, addressed the group from a graduate’s perspective. He talked to the class about the value of service in agriculture and their communities.

Offering the class response was sugarcane farmer Lance Gaudet, of Labadieville. He talked about his personal growth and the unique network he has developed with his fellow class members.

The two-year curriculum included classroom seminars in locations throughout the state, plus travel seminars to Washington, D.C., and California and an intensive two-week tour of agriculture in Spain and Portugal.

The program, which is privately funded through endowments and individual contributions, recently marked its 30th anniversary.

Graduates of Class 15 and their hometowns are: Robert Allain, Jeanerette; Steven Austin, Winnsboro; Brian Barham, Hollandale, Miss.; Quaid Broussard, Jeanerette; Jenny Buller, Whiteville; Jason Burke, Denham Springs; Richard Cooper, Baton Rouge; Avery Davidson, Baton Rouge; Lance Gaudet, Labadieville; Catherine Floyd, New Roads; Aaron Lee, Abbeville; Daniel Lonsberry, Alexandria; Kacie Luckett, Pride; Karl McDonald, West Monroe; Burch Pierce, Pineville; Arron Pierre, Brusly; Caroline Salisbury, Seattle, Wash.; Ben Sanders, Baton Rouge; Hall Schneider, Lake Providence; Stephen Simoneaux, Plattenville; Brian Wade, Winnsboro; and Amy Weeks, West Monroe.

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LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development Program Class 9 alumnus Marty Wooldridge, a beef cattle producer from Oil City, served as the master of ceremonies at the 15th class’ graduation on Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge. Photo courtesy of Monica Velasquez

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