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Julie Baker Richard, PhD
Asst. Director of Field Services, La Farm Bureau Federation

Julie Baker Richard is the assistant director of field services for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest organization representing farmers and ranchers. In this position, she coordinates all Women’s Leadership and Young Farmer & Rancher activities across the state.

The purpose of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program is to promote and strengthen the entire Farm Bureau organization by provide opportunities for training and leadership experience in Farm Bureau and to educate the members on activity at the state and national level . Julie has been with Farm Bureau for four years and has served in this position for one year.

She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Masters Degree in Human Resource Education from Louisiana State University. She has recently received her PhD in Human Resource Education with a minor in Agriculture Economics from Louisiana State University. Her area of research focused on the public perception of agriculture.

Richard’s background in agriculture started from birth. She is the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of rice farmers.

Upon graduation from LSU she was employed by the LSU College of Agriculture as the coordinator of recruitment and retention. She utilized this position to encourage high school students to consider careers in agriculture and related sciences while assisting these individuals in developing their leadership skills as they pursue college degrees.

As the coordinator of the Young Farmer & Rancher program she is able to continue to assist individuals in agriculture to strengthen their leadership skills by becoming more active member of the agriculture community.

Her many awards include the Louisiana Excellence in Agriculture Award, McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture, and membership in the Gamma Sigma Delta honor society of Agriculture.

She is married to Christian Richard and together they operate a rice and soybean farm north of Kaplan, La. They are expecting their first child in November.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

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