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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


05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Recent Topics


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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