Nominations sought for 2017 Louisiana Hall of Distinction

2016 Louisiana Hall of Distinction inductees
2016 Inductees (l-r) Willie Cooper, Wayne Hensgens accepting on behalf of his late father Raymond Hensgens and Ruben Dauzat along with Senior Farm Broadcaster Don Molino at the 2016 induction ceremony.

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Louisiana Hall of Distinction through Nov. 21. Selected individuals will be recognized during a banquet at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 2, 2017.

A joint effort among the Louisiana State University AgCenter, Louisiana Radio Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Hall of Distinction honors individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture or agriculture-related industries. Nominees can represent farming, ranching, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, education or agribusiness.

A nomination form can be obtained online at or through any LSU AgCenter parish extension office. More information is available online at Louisiana Hall of Distinction.

In 2016, three individuals were recognized: Willie Cooper, Louisiana Farm Services Agency Director for 42 years; Ruben Dauzat, owner/operator of Wayside Farms of Hamburg; and Raymond Hensgens, who established G& H Seed Co. in Acadia Parish.

For more information, contact Don Molino with Louisiana Radio Network at 225-291-2727, ext. 210, or or Bobby Soileau with the LSU AgCenter at 225-578-3659 or

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