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 The    Louisiana Agriculture
Hall of Distinction 

March 7,   2024

Baton Rouge, LA March 7th 2024- This evening marked our 10th annual Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction event. Thank you to all who attended to celebrate the three new inductees!

2024 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction Inductees


 Dr. Ralph Abraham

Steve Crawford

Dr. Leodrey Williams

Dr. Leodrey Williams has dedicated his life to enriching agricultural education in Louisiana with a focus on cultivating a more inclusive and diverse environment within Louisiana’s cooperative extensions. He has served various administrative positions for both Southern University and Louisiana State University within their cooperative extension programs and centers, most notably as administrator of the Southern University Cooperative Extension Program, and the chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. He also held the title of Extension Administrator within the National Leadership of Extension and served as a consultant to the governments of

Ethiopia and Sierra Leone for extension administration.

Stephen “Steve” Crawford has spent his extensive career protecting agriculture in Louisiana by being a key developer of herbicides for cotton, corn, soybeans, and rice. He aided the LSU AgCenter’s efforts of developing weed control to prevent and disrupt the growth of intrusive weeds, and to promote growth of healthy crops. Much of his research of weed management, plant growth regulation, and harvest aids are still utilized to this day. Even after retirement, he has continued to share his wealth of knowledge and experience through consulting

services and through mentorship.  

Dr. Ralph Abraham has served Louisiana as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana’s 5th district and on the House Agriculture Committee. He was a great ally to Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers during his time in office. He was a proponent of the 2018 Farm Bill, sought disaster relief for Louisiana farmers, and defended pro-agriculture policies. He also served his rural community in

Richland parish as a doctor.

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Presenting Sponsor:


First South Farm Credit




American Sugar Cane League

Corteva Agriscience

Louisiana Agriculture Consultants Association

Louisiana Egg Commission

Louisiana Forestry Association

Louisiana Land Bank

Louisiana Lottery

USA Rice Federation

Southern University Ag Center

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About the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction


The Hall of Distinction is produced by the Louisiana Radio Network in cooperation with the LSU Ag Center, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Started in 2013, the Hall of Distinction seeks to recognize those who have made an extraordinary contribution to

Agri-business in the state of Louisiana.


Nominations are accepted each summer, and the selection process is completed by the end of the calendar year, with inductees named in early Spring.


Interested in nominations? You can learn more about the the process by clicking on the Nominations tab above, or just by clicking here!


The Hall of Distinction thanks all of it's sponsors for making this event possible.

If you ate today, thank a farmer.

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