Dr. Mike Strain took the oath of office for his second four-year term as Louisiana's Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
on January 9, 2012. A native of Covington, Strain earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1983. In 1999, he was elected to the first of two terms as State Representative, where he served on the Agriculture Committee and chaired the Legislative Rural Caucus. He was twice named Legislator of the Year by the St. Tammany Parish Alliance for Good Government. In 2003, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine presented Strain its Distinguished Alumni Award. Strain was awarded the Future Farmers of America’s highest national award, the Honorary American Degree, in August 2009, and he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction in May 2010. Strain was named Conservationist of the Year in January 2012. He currently serves as president of SUSTA (the Southern United States Trade Association), president of SASDA (the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture), and is chair of the Animal and Plant Industries Committee of NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture). Strain holds a commission from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and is Treasurer of the Interstate Pest Control Compact. Strain is married to the former Susan Searcy of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and they have two adult children.