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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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 their station websites for schedule.

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