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Jeff Davis farmers recognized for service

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JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Jeff Davis Business Alliance held their annual Farmer's Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, honoring the parish's 100-plus farmers. 

"On my own for 52 years ... and before that, every since I could get on a tractor, I worked for my father."

Welsh's Leonard Boudreaux has been around farming his whole life. He took the reins when his father died at the young age of 44.  

"After the first year it wasn't as hard," he said. "Just trial and error over the years... I made a lot of mistakes but was able to overcome them."

He overcame with the help of an non-traditional farming family. Five daughters and a wife, even they fell into the family business. 

"This was our life, you know this is what we knew," said Boudreaux's eldest daughter, Barbara Hoffpauir. "Summers you knew where you were going to be. You weren't going to be on the beach you were going to be in a rice field. We grew up, this is just what we loved to do."

The Jeff Davis Business Alliance recognized Boudreaux as the Jeff Davis farmer of the year.  
"It was such a great surprise, I just never even dreamed of being nominated as farmer of the year when there are so many other great farmers that I look up to in this parish," said Boudreaux.
 
In his keynote speech, Steven Linscombe- director of the LSU Ag Center's Crowley location, talked about the recent failure of the farm bill; mentioning that while it failed in Washington, farmers here would remain going strong. 

"The lack of one [farm bill] is a problem but I think our farmer's will persevere until we do have a farm bill in place," he said.

Boudreaux agrees. 

"The farm bill wouldn't affect me right now because of all the years we've managed to make ends meet," he said. 

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