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RECOGNIZING RAY YOUNG AND CHARLES “BUCK” VANDERSTEEN
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from
Louisiana (Mr. Abraham) for 5 minutes.
Mr. ABRAHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize two of my
constituents, Ray Young of Wisner and Charles “Buck” Vandersteen of
Alexandria, for their recent induction into the Louisiana Agriculture
Hall of Distinction.
Since growing up on his family farm, Ray Young has dedicated his life
and career to farming. After earning a degree in agriculture from
Louisiana Tech and a master's in entomology from LSU, Ray went on to
pioneer the stale seedbed conservation tillage system, known today as
no-till, used across the South to enhance crop production.
In 1989, Ray presented to Congress an application to charter the
Federal Land Bank of North Louisiana. He has served on the board of
directors for the Federal Land Bank, as a board chairman of the
Louisiana Land Bank, and as a leader of numerous State and Federal
Ray and his family still farm cotton, soybeans, sweet potatoes, Irish
potatoes, corn, vegetables, cattle, hay, wheat, and pine trees.
He is a tremendous example of a Louisiana farmer making his life and
a living off his land. His insight is always valuable to me when I am
working on agricultural policy for our Nation.
Buck Vandersteen has spent 34 years presiding over the 4,000-plus
members of the Louisiana Forestry Association, is a past president of
the Southern Forest Heritage Museum and a past president of the
National Council of Forestry executives.
During that time, Buck has helped pass the Forest Productivity
Program to get part of the State's severance taxes distributed to
forest landowners as cost share for replanting. It is recognized as one
of the top programs in the Nation. He has been instrumental in
advocating forestry education at the technical school and university
levels so that we can have sustainable and productive working forests.
Buck continues to serve the forest industry today, and I look forward
to working with him in my role on the Working Forest Caucus on behalf
of foresters across the country.
Mr. Speaker, Louisiana is one of the top agricultural States in the
Nation, and I am proud to serve on the Agriculture Committee here in
Washington to represent our State's farmers, foresters, and ranchers.
But the real contributions to our State agricultural prowess can be
traced back to folks like Ray Young and Buck Vandersteen, men who have
spent their lives enhancing the industry that is so vital to Louisiana.
Congratulations once again for being inducted into the Louisiana
Agricultural Hall of Distinction. It is an honor that is well deserved.