Rice station internship awarded to Vermilion Parish native

(04/03/24) CROWLEY, La. — Emma Stelly, a McNeese State University freshman who grew up on a family farm in Vermilion Parish, has been selected to complete an internship at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station this summer.

Stelly will work under AgCenter plant pathologist Felipe Dalla Lana through the Charles and Rose Broussard Internship Program, which is named for a ninth-generation Vermilion Parish rancher and farmer and his wife. Both were devoted to promoting and improving agriculture.

The internship was established in 2020 when the Broussards’ children set up an endowment supporting the program. Applications are open to high school and college students, with one student selected for a paid internship each year. Recipients get the choice of working at the Rice Research Station near Crowley, the Iberia Research Station near Jeanerette or the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center near Alexandria.

Stelly plays an active role in her family’s rice and crawfish operations in Cow Island. She is studying agricultural sciences with a minor in agricultural business and a minor in mass communications at McNeese.

She hopes her time at the rice station will allow her to learn skills she can put to use in both her studies and the family business.

“I have grown up amazed by the world of production agriculture, and I want to be able to get more involved,” Stelly said.

Her goal is to pursue a career on her family farm.

“Coming from a family farm is a blessing,” she said. “The experiences that I have gained from growing up working outdoors alongside my family are unimaginable.”

Kurt Guidry, assistant resident director of the rice station, said the internship program provides important hands-on experience.

“I think these opportunities are invaluable for these young people to get to see how agricultural research is done and how different it is from commercial production,” he said. “And hopefully it sparks an interest and desire to be the next group of scientists that are working on issues to keep the industry economically viable and sustainable.”

Young woman sitting in rice field

Emma Stelly has been selected to complete an internship at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station this summer. Provided photo

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