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)
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.