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Carrie Castille, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the LDAF

Carrie Castille, Ph.D., is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF).

The LDAF is responsible for the promotion, protection and advancement of agriculture and forestry in the state.

Previously, she served eight years as an Assistant Professor at the LSU AgCenter. She received her Ph.D. from LSU in Renewable Natural Resources with a minor in political science. She also received her Masters from LSU in Environmental Toxicology and Bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The focus of her work at LDAF includes agricultural marketing and economic development, agritourism, renewable energy and natural resource policy analysis.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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