A 30-year voyage for agriculture

 Trista galivan
In the fall of 1987, the College of Agriculture recruited a team of students to serve as ambassadors for the college. The group became Les Voyageurs. The college envisioned the team making speeches to civic clubs and agricultural industry meetings, attending state fairs and high school career fairs, presenting agricultural career and education information to 4-H and FFA organizations, and assisting with the overall enhancement of the College of Agriculture.

Thirty years later, the modern-day Les Voyageurs has new tools and technology to promote agricultural studies, but their mission remains the same.

Trista Galivan, the president of Les Voyageurs said being a member has made her more involved at LSU.

“I have become very active in my department, campus events and volunteer opportunities,” she said. “I owe my knowledge of agriculture and enhanced leadership and communication skills to Les Voyageurs organization.”

Galivan says her plan as president is to continue efforts to educate students on what agriculture really is and how the college gives students opportunities to better not only their lives but to improve their world.

Highlights from 2017-2018

  • Les Voyageurs Reunion, Sept. 29, Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge
    • Former and current Les Voyageurs gathered for an evening of food with friends. 
  • Les Voyageurs Service Trip, Jan. 12-14, New Orleans
    • The group conducted service projects at Second Harvest Food Bank and City Park. They packaged 10,000 pounds of food at the food bank and helped City Park staff remove strands of lights from the park. They also visited Grow Dat to learn about youth and urban agriculture and delivered Ag in the Classroom activities at KIPP Believe Primary School in New Orleans.
  • International Voyage, March 24-29, Poland
    • Seventeen members of the Les Voyageurs traveled to Poland during spring break, making this study abroad experience the largest in the college’s history.

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