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DEMCO and LCFC Serve up Appreciation Lunch to Ag Leadership Students

February 8, 2019

DEMCO and the Louisiana Council of Farmer Cooperatives (LCFC) teamed up to provide a complimentary lunch for the 25 participants in LSU’s Ag Leadership Development Program on Wednesday.

The luncheon took place at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation offices in Baton Rouge where participants were attending classroom sessions.

Program director Dr. Bobby Soileau thanked the two sponsors for their support of the program. “These ag leaders are very passionate about their industry and they put a lot of time and effort into improving their operations and learning more about market trends and how to make their businesses succeed,” Soileau said. “They know that our country depends on the food and fiber grown by American farmers. It’s just great to know that someone cares enough about what they’re doing to come in and provide a nice meal like this.” The chicken barbecue lunch was sponsored by DEMCO, a member-owned electric cooperative based in Central, La., located just outside of Baton Rouge.

According to DEMCO Vice President of Marketing and Member Services David Latona, “It’s a real pleasure for us to have the opportunity to contribute to the program in some small way. Dr. Soileau has been a tremendous leader of this program over the years and the students work very hard to acquire the knowledge they need to operate as efficiently and productively as possible.”

LCFC Secretary Lenny Waguespack was also on hand to thank the group of students for their role in keeping the ag economy moving in a positive direction. “Our organization has been in support of Louisiana agriculture for many decades. We’re here to help our farmers in any way we can. They truly are the backbone of our country and you can tell that they really care a lot about the welfare and well-being of our state and our nation.”

The Ag Leadership Program was created in 1988 to enhance leadership in rural Louisiana. It is a highly successful two-year course of study that prepares men and women for future challenges. The program includes seminars, on-site tours, personal skills improvement, and meetings with business and governmental leaders. Visit for more information.


Pictured at the Louisiana Farm Bureau office in Baton Rouge were Dr. Bobby Soileau, Chanon Johnson of DEMCO, Lenny Waguespack of First South Farm Credit, Clay Hebert of Louisiana Land Bank, and David Latona of DEMCO.

Serving up the barbecue chicken meal were DEMCO representatives Chanon Johnson, Nakita Ricard, Tommy Holland, Mary Broussard, David Latona and Penny Fruge.

DEMCO and LCFC Serve up Appreciation Lunch to Ag Leadership StudentsDEMCO and LCFC Serve up Appreciation Lunch to Ag Leadership Students

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