Lake Providence farmer Robbie Howard, center, was presented the Outstanding Master Farmer Award on Jan. 10, 2019. He is pictured with, from left, LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson; John Pitre, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service; Eric Bergeron, of Gowan; Stephen Austin, of the Louisiana Land Bank; Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain; and David Daigle, president of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)
Thirteen farmers who completed an LSU AgCenter environmental stewardship training program were recognized at a ceremony Jan. 10.
Members of the 2018 class of Louisiana Master Farmers received certificates during the annual Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge.
To qualify, they had to attend educational sessions about research-based conservation strategies and write plans for implementing such practices on their farms.