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Fourteen people were certified as Louisiana Master Farmers in 2016. They were recognized at a luncheon held Jan. 12 at the Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center. From left to right, Ernest Girouard, LSU AgCenter coordinator of the Master Farmer Program; James Wicker, of Union Parish; Ty Rogers, of West Carroll Parish; Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Roy Varnado, of Acadia Parish; Scott Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; Keith McCallum, of West Feliciana Parish; Todd Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; J.D. Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish; Tim Wild, of Jefferson Davis Parish; Horace Steve Theriot, of Lafayette Parish; Bill Wild, of Jefferson Davis Parish; John Pitre, NRCS state resource conservationist; George Shepherd, of Madison Parish; and Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture. Also certified but not present at the luncheon are Charlie Fontenot, of St. Landry Parish; Joshua Sonnier, of Vermilion Parish; and Jimmy Wilson, of Morehouse Parish. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Tri-Parish farmers among Louisiana Master Farmer program graduates

Fourteen people who have completed training through the Louisiana Master Farmer program, an initiative led by the LSU AgCenter and several other organizations to help agriculture producers adopt practices that promote good environmental stewardship, received their certifications on Jan. 12.

Tax chiefs spar over authority

Baton Rouge Attorney Brian Eddington and State Tax Commission chairman Lawrence Chehardy entered a heated discussion Wednesday during the Tax Commission’s meeting Wednesday whether local assessors or the commission has the more authentic authority to assess property taxes.
Neither was persuaded otherwise.
The commission has accepted language changes to its rules for emergencies which outline procedures for reappraisals.

Jeremy Alford

Edwards campaign expected to report $3.4M raised

Gov. John Bel Edwards raised roughly $3.4 million for his re-election campaign in 2016, his first year in office, and will soon report the total to the state Ethics Administration, according to a spokesperson for the Edwards campaign.
No further information was made available for what the Edwards campaign spent last year or how much money it actually has socked away in the bank.
Annual campaign finance reports for major offices like governor are due to the Ethics Administration by Feb. 15.

The 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night feature film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” which will make its U.S. premiere at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a gala reception with honored guests, Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard.

Cinema on the Bayou opens Wednesday, continues through Feb. 1

The 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night feature film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” which will make its U.S. premiere at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a gala reception with honored guests, Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard.

David Savoy, right, and Robert Guidry were re-elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Acadia Parish Police Jury without opposition during the January meeting Jan. 10. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Steve Bandy)

Acadia Police Jury re-elects Savoy as president

Election of officers highlights an otherwise routine meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury here Jan. 10.
And even that was routine with David Savoy re-elected for his third term as president and Robert Guidry re-elected for his third term as vice president. Both were elected by without opposition.
Though meeting was fairly quick — right at 30 minutes — and, for the most part, uneventful, the stage was set for possible conflict in February.

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