John W. Barnett, Chaney, John A. | 4/22/2005 11:01:00 PM
HESSMER – LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil was honored with a Distinguished Service Award during the annual Avoyelles Parish Sweet Potato Banquet, March 6.
More than 225 producers, industry representatives and industry support people attended the banquet.
"The recipient has a long list of accomplishments," said LSU AgCenter Regional Director John Barnett who works in Central Louisiana, "And he has made significant contributions to the sweet potato industry in the state."
The production of sweet potatoes is ranked as the largest agronomic crop in Avoyelles Parish. In 2002, the industry posted an on-farm production of over $6.8 million in that parish alone, and the total economic impact of the sweet potato industry statewide was more than $79 million.
Coriel, a native of Ville Platte, has served 25 years with the LSU AgCenter. He started work with its extension service in 1978 as an assistant area agent for wildlife and fisheries in Cameron Parish. After being promoted through the ranks and becoming an associate specialist for wetland and coastal resources, he served a brief time as wetlands administrator for Burlington Resources before returning to the AgCenter in 1999 and being promoted into his current position in 2001.
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