Anderson begins 17th term as Farm Bureau president

Ronnie Anderson, a beef cattle producer and forage grower from Ethel, La., has been reelected president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

Anderson, 57, begins his 17th term as president of the state's largest general farm organization. His reelection came during the Farm Bureau's 83rd annual meeting.

The Farm Bureau also elected the other four members of its executive committee. The Farm Bureau board of directors is made up of a five-member executive committee and an 11-member board of directors. Each member is a production farmer, actively engaged in agriculture.

Those reelected to the Farm Bureau's executive committee were Jim Harper, first vice president. Harper is a cotton, rice and sugar farmer from Rapides Parish.

Bryan Mitchell, a dairyman from Bossier Parish, was reelected second vice president, while Linda Zaunbrecher, a rice farmer from Gueydan, in Vermilion Parish, was elected third vice president.

Jackie Theriot was reelected Farm Bureau secretary-treasurer. Theriot is a sugar producer and sugar mill manager from St. Martinville.

Serving farmers in District 1, in the northwest part of the state will be Dean Graner, a dairyman from DeSoto Parish. From District 3, in the northeast part of the state, farmers will be represented by Scott Wiggers, a cotton grower from Fort Necessity, in Franklin Parish.

Serving District 5, in Central Louisiana, will be G.A. Holaway, from Vernon Parish, while District 7, in south central Louisiana, will be represented by Donald Berken, a rice and soybean grower from Welsh.

Farmers in District 9 will be represented by Thomas Wesley Ridgedell, of Tangipahoa Parish, while District 11 will be represented by sugar grower Mike Robichaux of St. Mary Parish.

Kenny Self, a sugar grower from Batchelor, in Pointe Coupee Parish, was elected chairman of the Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Denise Hymel, a sugarcane producer from Gramercy, in St. James Parish, was reelected chairman of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee.

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