March 4th, 2021

Baton Rouge, LA March 4th, 2021- This evening marks our 8th annual Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction event. We are happy to partner with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation to livestream the event this year. You can watch the stream by clicking the button below:

BATON ROUGE, LA February 12th, 2021– The LSU Ag Center has put out their press release today with details on the newest inductees into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. You can read details of the full press release here 

We are pleased to present the 3 new inductees, who are all pioneers of agriculture in our great state of Louisiana.

Ronnie Anderson

Anderson began his agricultural career as a dairy farmer, then moved to beef cattle and also raises horses, hay and timber on land in East and West Feliciana parishes.

Paul “Jackie” Loewer

Loewer has played a significant leadership role in the state’s rice industry. Besides being a successful rice farmer, Loewer has held numerous leadership positions at the state and national level, including chairman positions on both the Louisiana Rice Research Board and the USA Rice Federation.



John Gay

Gay’s family sugarcane farm, the St. Louis Planting Company, is comprised of more than 4,500 acres near Plaquemine in Iberville Parish. The Gay family has been leaders in the state’s sugarcane industry for seven generations.

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For the 8th consecutive year, Bayer is the Title Sponsor of the Hall of Distinction.


Presenting Sponsor:


Event Sponsor:



American Sugar Cane League

Cotton Board

First Financial Tax and Accounting Service

Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association

Louisiana Egg Commission

Louisiana Forestry Association

Louisiana Lottery

USA Rice Federation

2020 Inductees

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Dr. James Barnett

Pineville, LA 

Dr. Jay Hardwick

Newellton, LA

John Denison

Iowa, LA

Dr. Calvin Viator

Thibodaux, LA

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.


You can learn more about the nomination process by clicking on the NOMINATIONS tab above.


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

If you ate today, thank a farmer.