Landscaping pioneer Margie Jenkins first woman honored

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction recently honored Margie Jenkins and the late Pierre “Pete” Lanaux as its 2018 inductees, recognizing both for their extraordinary contributions to Louisiana agribusiness.

The fifth annual ceremonies, presented by the Louisiana Radio Network, were held on March 22 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge.

Jenkins, of Amite, is the first woman inducted into the hall and recognized nationally for her expertise in the nursery and landscape business. At 96, her knowledge spans hundreds of varieties of plants, as well as timber harvesting, dairy cattle and sheep.

Lanaux is one of the state’s most successful sugarcane farmers. His career spanned seven decades, beginning in 1945 when he started farming in Edgard in St. John the Baptist Parish. Lanaux passed away in February at the age of 93.

The Hall of Distinction honors outstanding contributions to Louisiana agriculture in farming, ranching, forestry, aquaculture, education and agribusiness. The annual ceremony is presented by the Louisiana Radio Network in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Monsanto serves as title sponsor and First South Farm Credit is the presenting sponsor.

“Louisiana’s agricultural community has a vast impact on the state’s economy and cultural heritage,” says Don Molino, Louisiana Radio Network farm director. “The Hall of Distinction brings much-deserved recognition for those within the community who’ve had a major impact on agribusiness.”

Founded in 1974, Louisiana Radio Network provides 63 radio stations throughout Louisiana and parts of Mississippi with news, sports and agri-news. LRN also publishes Tiger Rag, known as the “Bible of LSU Sports” since 1978, the new Tiger Rag Extra magazine, and presents the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction award. Like LRN on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for breaking news@laradionetwork.

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