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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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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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