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Louisiana Grown: Agriculture Across the State (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-07-28

Duration: 00:54:55

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Agriculture | FARMERS | Cattle trade | Farmers' markets | Horse industry | Horse racing | Cotton trade | Biomass energy


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Narrator
  • Strain, Mike Interviewee
  • Vandersteen, Buck Interviewee
  • Cutshall, Jack Interviewee
  • DeKeyzer, Justin Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Richard Interviewee
  • Westra, John Interviewee
  • Ardoin, Tom Speaker
  • Monroe, James Speaker
  • Ryan, Patrick Speaker
  • LaBorde, Matthew Speaker
  • Lyons, Daniel Speaker
  • Lyons, Genevieve Speaker
  • Littlepage, Kathy Speaker
  • Duck, Kimberly Speaker
  • Fikes-Moore, Linda Speaker
  • Perry, Leverne Speaker
  • Anders, Andy Panelist
  • Castille, Carrie Panelist
  • Richard, Julie Baker Panelist
  • Salassi, Michael E. Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 28, 2010, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on agriculture in Louisiana. It was recorded at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Commissioner Mike Strain of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Buck Vandersteen, the executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association; Jack Cutshall of Rafter J Ranch; Justin DeKeyzer of DeKeyzer Farms; Richard Fontenot of R & N Farms; and Dr. John Westra of the LSU AgCenter. The audience members discuss: encouraging young farmers to pursue careers in agriculture; the importance of food in our lives; the need to educate kids about the careers available in the agriculture industry; spending more economic development money on agriculture; incentives for farmers; and the high cost of breaking into farming. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Representative Andy Anders, the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development; Dr. Carrie Castille, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Dr. Julie Baker Richard, the Assistant Director of Field Services for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation; and Dr. Michael E. Salassi, a professor at the LSU AgCenter. They discuss: farm subsidies; the economics of farming; expanding agriculture programs in schools; the concerns of cattlemen; the success of farmers’ markets around the state; the growth of the quarter horse industry; the state of the cotton industry; the opportunities for exporting agricultural products; and the future of bio-fuels in Louisiana. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman