LSU Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Alumni Association names outstanding alumnus

Tobie Blanchard  |  9/27/2018 8:16:30 PM

(09/27/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Alumni Association held its annual award ceremony on Sept. 22 at Efferson Hall on the LSU campus and recognized David Savoie, of Crowley, as the outstanding alumnus.

Savoie received his master’s degree in agricultural economics from LSU in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree in agribusiness from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

He is the vice president and large ag corporate sales manager for Sunshine Quality Solutions and has worked in the farm equipment industry since 1981.

“I am truly honored and appreciative to be recognized for this prestigious award,” Savoie said. “Even though the graduate program was a relatively short period of time, it has opened many doors in my career.”

Savoie said studying agribusiness has given him the knowledge and confidence to move into a professional career and has influenced his decision-making process.

“I would highly recommend qualified individuals pursue an advanced degree from LSU, particularly those in agribusiness. The demand in the agricultural field will far surpass the supply in the coming years, so the future is very bright,” he said.

Savoie is a graduate of the LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership program. He is a past president of the Crowley Rotary Club, the Deep South Equipment Dealers Organization, the St. Michael Elementary School Board and the Notre Dame High School Board.

During the ceremony the alumni association also gave out 13 scholarships to students studying agriculture business in the LSU College of Agriculture.

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David Savoie, center, receives the LSU Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Alumni Association outstanding alumnus at the association’s award ceremony on Sept. 22. Presenting Savoie with the award are Mike Salassi, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, and Christine Schmidt, association president. Photo by Tobie Blanchard/LSU AgCenter

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