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Since 1983, Mr. Emile has provided continuous support to Vermilion Parish 4-H livestock and horticulture programs. He not only manages a 150-plus head cow-calf operation of primarily Brangus cattle, he also runs his family’s agricultural business, Thibodeaux’s Town and Country, with the support of his wife, Cherell, and their three children. In 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux helped generate funds for the Vermilion 4-H program’s 100th anniversary celebration by donating a first-edition Danbury Mint 4-H Collection doll to be raffled. In 2016, he sponsored a school gardening and science book for each of Vermilion Parish’s schools and 4-H clubs. In 2017, funds were raised through the sales of a four-leaf clover pocket token to support 20 4-H’ers from Vermilion Parish to attend the presidential inauguration and the Citizenship Washington Focus Program. He is on the overall parish extension advisory committee and serves as a board member for the Vermilion Parish 4-H Foundation. Mr. Thibodeaux is also a graduate of the LSU Agricultural Leadership Program and is a Master Cattleman. Additionally, Mr. Emile has served as a contest judge and volunteer and was a 2017 Vermilion Parish 4-H Achievement Day honoree.
“Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are” is what Mr. Thibodeaux told his children and others through the years when encouraging them to participate in 4-H. When asked why he chooses to support 4-H to such a degree, Mr. Thibodeaux explained, “It’s the greatest influence that molded my children into the remarkable people they are. 4-H played a big part in their lives as they continue to use their Heads, Hearts, Hands and Health to share knowledge with our customers each day.” Most importantly, none of this success or joy would be possible without the support of his wife of 50 years, Cherell Grace Thibodeaux. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Emile Thibodeaux into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame!
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