(02/26/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty-two leaders in agriculture production and agriculture-related industries recently completed a two-year course of study as the 14th class in the LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development program.
“This is an outstanding group of agricultural leaders,” said program director Bobby Soileau. “The knowledge and skills they have attained will make them more effective leaders in the future.”
The Ag Leadership program prepares men and women who are established in their communities and dedicated to the agriculture industry to take leadership roles on issues that affect Louisiana agriculture at local, national and global levels, Soileau said.
Class VII alumnus Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, addressed the group from a graduate’s perspective. He talked to the class about being an agricultural leader and encouraged them to get involved with other programs outside of agriculture.
Lee Fairchild, of Transylvania, offered the class response. He is an agricultural loan officer for Delta Bank and farms corn and soybeans in East Carroll Parish.
Diplomas and leadership pins were presented to each graduate by AgCenter Associate Vice President Gina Eubanks and Soileau.
The two-year curriculum included classroom seminars on the LSU AgCenter campus, plus travel seminars to Washington, D.C., and California and an intensive two-week tour of agriculture in South Africa.
Graduates of Class XIV include: Kassi Berard, of Breaux Bridge; Hester Bourdier, of New Iberia; Lance Bruce, of Oak Ridge; John Compton, of New Iberia; Sam Cooper, of Choudrant; David Crigler, of Monroe; Thomas Crigler, of St. Joseph; Brandon DuBois, of Winnfield; Lee Fairchild, of Transylvania; Patrick Frischhertz, of New Orleans; Heath Gajan, of Plaquemine; Clint Galiano, of Amite; Trey Gingles, of Coushatta; Leigh Godchaux, of Abbeville; Chris Green, of Zachary; Zack Hankins, of Bastrop; Jared Hicks, of Alexandria; Chip Hixon, of Rayville; Drew Maciasz, of New Roads; Billy Patout, of New Orleans; Tripp Shepherd, of Monroe; and Rebecca Thom, of Lake Providence.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture