Jeff Davis teen named 2023 Charles and Rose Broussard internship recipient

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Tyler Demary conducted research at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station during the summer as the recipient of 2023 Charles and Rose Broussard Internship. Photo provided.

The LSU AgCenter and the family of Charles and Rose Broussard named Tyler Demary, of Jennings, as the 2023 Charles and Rose Broussard Internship recipient.

Demary spent the summer working with LSU AgCenter agronomist Manoch Kongchum at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. His main focus was working on a nitrogen volatilization research project.

“We are working with three different types of nitrogen over 14 days to see how much nitrogen we lose in the environment,” Demary said.

The internship is designed to offer high school or college students the opportunity to explore a career in agricultural research while working at one of the AgCenter’s research stations.

Demary, an active FFA and 4-H member in Jefferson Davis Parish, is majoring in crop science at LSU. Channeling his experience working on his family’s rice, crawfish and cattle operation, he said he aspires to become an agronomist.

“This internship is giving me experience with real world data values,” he said. “I’ve learned about agronomy and agronomy scenarios, but this is allowing me to see real life applications.”

Demary has also assisted Kongchum with a rice plant weight study. He said he feels at home at the station because he has grown up around agriculture.

“From baling hay to running crawfish boats, and even harvesting rice in a combine, you name it, I have probably done it,” Demary said. “I hope that this internship and any others that I complete will also assist me in fulfilling my dream.”

In 2020, the children of Charles E. and Rose Ashy Broussard, of Vermilion Parish, created an endowment to support the internship that offers the recipient hands-on experience in the agricultural sector. The internship has been supported widely through contributions and funding by many friends and business associates of the Broussard family.

“We look forward to working with Tyler as he pursues a career in agriculture,” said Kurt Guidry, resident coordinator of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. “This internship experience will offer him hands-on training toward his goal of serving the agricultural community. The aim of this program is to spark some interests in making agriculture a career through practical experience.”

12/4/2023 2:54:33 PM
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