Baton Rouge, La - The Agribusiness Council of Louisiana Leadership Forum: Leadership and Action, held its annual forum on Wednesday, October 21 at the USDA- ARS- Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. The primary goal of this organization is to enhance the competitiveness of Louisiana Agriculture in the 21st Century.
This year’s forum was themed: Ag Leadership & Animal Rights as a Mainstream Phenomenon.
Dr. Bernard Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University delivered the keynote address, and Dr. Douglas Steele, Director, Texas AgriLife Extension Service discussed "Leadership Issues & Efforts from Other Locations/States."
Approximately 75 people from across the state of Louisiana attended the meeting. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., Agriculture Specialist, served on the planning community for the forum. Other participants from the SU Ag Center included Renita Marshall, DVM; Zanetta Augustine, Extension Associate; and Christopher Rogers, Director of Technology Services.
The Agribusiness Council consists of a group of progressive individuals whose primary purpose is to expand the scope of Louisiana Agriculture by promoting Research, Education, Business Climate and Trade.
This forum was sponsored by the Agribusiness Council of Louisiana, the Audubon Nature Institute, LSU AgCenter, USDA, the Louisiana Egg Commission, the Southern University Ag Center, and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.