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LDAF Commissioner and Governor Seek Input from Farmers

November 9, 2017

Baton Rouge, La. (November 9, 2017) – Next week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., and Governor John Bel Edwards travel across the state to tour farms and hear from local agriculture and forestry producers.


“I often visit with our agricultural and forestry producers to address questions or allow them to voice their concerns about issues they are facing. We are very excited Governor Edwards will join us so he can hear, first hand, from our producers and learn more how their industries contribute to the state,” said Strain. “This is the first time a sitting governor has joined me to hear directly from those who feed and clothe the world.”


“For generations, Louisiana’s agricultural industries have played a pivotal role in our state’s economic prosperity,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Our abundant natural resources have not only laid the foundation for our unique cultural heritage, they have also made us a leading producer of some of life’s most critical necessities. It is important to me that our farmers and foresters know just how much we appreciate the work they do and that their voices are heard as we work together to move Louisiana forward.”


Strain and Edwards will be traveling the state on November 14, 16 and 17 for an Agriculture and Forestry Listening Tour. The tour includes stops in these areas:


Tuesday, November 14, 2017                                                                   

Where    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

                 Wooldridge Cattle Company

10724 Highway 1

Mooringsport, La. 71060


12:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)

Venoy Kinnaird Farm

16388 Old Bonita Road

Bastrop, La. 71220


Thursday, November 16, 2017

9:00 -10:30 a.m.

Concordia Parish Community Center

26356 Highway 15

Ferriday, La. 71334


12:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)

Dennis Aucoin’s Camp

6450 Highway 67

Slaughter, La. 70777


Friday, November 17, 2017

             9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

              R & N Farms

3535 Vidrine Road

Ville Platte, La. 70586


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)  

Olivier Farms

2056 Highway 31

Arnaudville, La.  70512


“From a policy standpoint, the goal is to take this feedback which can be used at the state and federal levels in support of our agriculture and forestry industries,” added Strain.


The agriculture and forestry industries are valued at approximately $13 billion in Louisiana.