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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.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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