Current Class

Agricultural Leadership Development Program Class XVI (2018 – 2020)

Micah Barham - Oak Ridge

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From Morehouse Parish, Micah Barham is president of Barham and Barham Farms. They produce cotton, corn, peanuts and soybeans on 3,500 acres. He has a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Louisiana State University.

Brooks Blanche - St. Joseph

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From Tensas Parish, Brooks Blanche is a researcher for Phytogen Cottonseed. He also conducts education and training for the commercial sales group. He also owns a cotton farm in Tensas Parish. He got his masters at Mississippi State University in Weed Sciences and a Doctorate at Louisiana State University.

Adam Caughern - Gilliam

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From Caddo Parish, Adam Caughern is the owner of Precision Baling L.L.C. The company provides quality hay and forage products to feed stores, co-ops, and equine training centers across Louisiana and neighboring states. He also has a small cattle operation and is an agricultural pesticide applicator, covering approximately 30,000 acres of row crops annually. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

Ashley Dupree - Baton Rouge

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From East Baton Rouge Parish, Ashley Dupree is the director of the loan/grant program at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. She has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a juris doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Atticus Finger - Labadieville

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From Assumption Parish, Atticus Finger is an agronomist at the American Sugar Cane League working with sugarcane farmers throughout the state. He has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Forestry and Wildlife. His master’s degree is from Louisiana State University in Plant Environmental Studies.

Kyle Fontenot - Ville Platte

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From Evangeline Parish, Kyle Fontenot is a senior regional agronomist with Stoneville and Credenz Seeds. His primary focus is with cotton and soybeans. He also has a cow/calf beef cattle operation. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in entomology from Louisiana State University.

Ryan Frey - Morganza

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From Pointe Coupee Parish, Ryan Frey is a manager/irrigation specialist for Smart Acre Solutions. He sells and services agricultural irrigation products. He also works on a 12,000 acre family farm producing sugarcane, soybeans, rice corn, crawfish and cattle. He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Northwestern State University.

John Frierson - Shreveport

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From Caddo Parish, John Frierson is a partner at Chicot Bend Plantation. They farm 1,500-2,000 acres of cotton in the Red River Valley. He has a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Louisiana State University. He also serves on the USDA Caddo Farm Service Agency committee. He has a bachelor’s in Agriculture Business from Louisiana State University.

Lisa Gillespie - Amite

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From Tangipahoa Parish, Lisa Gillespie is a farm loan manager with USDA Farm service agency. She supervises agricultural loans in Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. She has a certification in Credit and Financial Analysis from Pennsylvania State University.

Eli Graham - Ventress

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From Pointe Coupee Parish, Eli Graham works for Graham Farms. The farm is 2,600 acres of sweet potato, soybean, wheat, sugarcane and cotton operation. He also has a small herd of Registered Brahman Cattle. He has his bachelor’s in Agriculture Business from McNeese State University.

Craig Guidry - Shreveport

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Originally from Natchitoches Parish and now living in Caddo Parish, Craig Guidry is credit analyst at Progressive Bank in Shreveport. He serves as the organization’s agricultural credit specialist. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a Master of Business Administration.

Zachary Hamilton - Kinder

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From Allen Parish, Zach Hamilton is assistant vice-president at First South Farm Credit. He provides financial services and lending in his region. He has a bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University.

Alan Haynes - Bastrop

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From Morehouse Parish, Alan Haynes is a partner with his father at M&H Farms. Their commodities are corn, rice and soybeans on 3,200 acres in Morehouse Parish. He has a bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Louisiana Delta Community College.

Heath Herring - St. Joseph

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From Tensas Parish, Heath Herring works as the owner/operator of H&K Farms Partnership. He produces 5,000 acres cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, and grain sorghum. He currently serves as an officer for the Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in air transportation from Northeast Louisiana University.

Jacob Holloway - Harrisonburg

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From Catahoula Parish, Jacob Holloway works as a manager of Franklin Farmers Alliance L.L.C. He manages an independent agriculture retailer supplying seed, fertilizer and chemicals. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s in Agribusiness and a double minor in Business and Geology.

Ben LeBlanc - Thibodaux

Ben LeBlanc 2018jpgFrom Lafourche Parish, Ben Leblanc is the General Manager at Lafourche Sugars L.L.C. They serve more than 30 farms across South Louisiana. He previously worked as a crop consultant and was the president of Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Louisiana State University.

Julie Lively - Baton Rouge

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From East Baton Rouge Parish, Julie Lively works as an extension specialist at the LSU AgCenter/Louisiana Sea Grant. She works primarily with hard crabs, shrimp, and soft-shell crab producers. She is also an Associate Professor at the School of Renewable Natural Resources. She received her bachelor’s in biology from Truman State University and her Ph.D. from University of Delaware.

Allen McLain Jr. - Abbeville

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From Vermilion Parish, Allen McLain Jr. is the owner of Allen McLain Farms which has 2,000 acres of rice, soybeans and crawfish. In addition, he has a catering business for his crawfish and other seafood. He is also a graduate of the USA Rice Federation Leadership Program. He has a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture from McNeese State University.

Nathan Morrow - Lake Charles

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From Calcasieu Parish, Nathan Morrow is vice-president and manager of Morrow Land Group. He works with real estate of timber and agriculture properties. He has a degree in advertising with a business minor from the University of Tennessee.

Steven Pylant - Crowville

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From Franklin Parish, Steven Pylant is vice president/loan officer of Winnsboro State Bank. He has his bachelor’s degree in Ag business from The University of Louisiana at Monroe. In addition, he has a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University School.

Katie Schroeder - Delhi

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From Franklin Parish, Katie Schroeder is an agronomist at Black Gold Farms. They produce 2,900 acres of sweet potatoes for fresh and process markets. She also manages their sweet potato seed program. She has a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Michigan State University.

Daniel Stephenson - Alexandria

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From Rapides Parish, Daniel Stephenson works as an Associate Professor at the LSU AgCenter where he serves as a research and extension weed scientist. He provides weed management information for Louisiana crop producers. He has a bachelor’s and master’s from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Phillip Tomlinson - Lake Providence

Phillip Tomlinson 2018jpgFrom East Carroll Parish, Phillip Tomlinson is a partner in Larche Farm Partnership in Lake Providence. They farm 2,700 acres of rice, corn, and soybeans. He is also a licensed real estate agent for residential and agricultural real estate. He has his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Louisiana Tech University.

Karl Wiggers - Baton Rouge

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Originally from Franklin Parish and now living in East Baton Rouge Parish, Karl Wiggers works as a video specialist, reporter and co-executive producer for This Week in Louisiana Agriculture television show for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Trey Wiggers - Winnsboro

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From Franklin Parish, Trey Wiggers is an operations manager at Crop Production Services. He works with corn, soybeans, cotton, rice and grain sorghum in his region. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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