News Release Distributed 02/28/14
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th class of the LSU AgCenter’s Agricultural Leadership Development program completed its two-year course of study with graduation February 22 at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle as AgCenter administrators recognized 24 leaders in agriculture production and ag-related industries from around the state.
“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.”
Soileau said 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.
Class 11 alumna Jenni Peterman, of Alexandria, addressed the group from a graduate’s perspective. She is the vice president of the alumni association Agricultural Leaders of Louisiana and a cotton and grain producer. She told the class about her experience with the program and what it has meant to her since graduating.
Offering the class response was George Crawford Jr., of Independence. A forester for Soterra, he talked about his experiences with his fellow class members in the program.
Diplomas and leadership pins were presented to each graduate by Associate Vice Chancellor Phil Elzer and Soileau.
The two-year curriculum included classroom seminars on the LSU AgCenter campus plus travel seminars to Washington, D.C., California and an intensive two-week tour of agriculture in Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Graduates of Class XIII and their home towns are:
Derek Albert St., Martinville
George Crawford Jr., Independence
Tommy Crooks, Colfax
Randy Fair, Mansfield
Brandon Gravois, Hester
Theresia Lavergne, Prairieville
Kristin McLaren, Mandeville
Barret Olivier, Opelousas
Chris Patout, Jeanerette
Simeon Patout, Youngsville
Ashley Peters, Winnsboro
Jeremy Raley, Monroe
Katie Ramagos, White Castle
Ed Reeves Jr., Plaquemine
Joey Register, Logansport
A.J. Sabine, Port Allen
Guillermo Scaglia, Jeanerette
Mardell Sibley, Opelousas
Bobby Skeen Jr., Monroe
Ross Thibodeaux, Midland
Josh Vines West, Monroe
Drew Wiggers, Winnsboro
Donnie Wooley, Many
Ryan Yerby, Colfax