Release Date: 09/12/2006

David Lavergne, head of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Socioeconomic Research Section, has been named recipient of the 2006 Louisiana State University (LSU) Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Association Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. 

The annual award honors an alumnus of the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness for significant achievements to Louisiana, regional, national and international agriculture, society and the general public.  Lavergne will be presented the award at the Sept. 23 annual alumni "Homecoming" meeting.

Lavergne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness in 1974, Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in August 1977 and worked as a research assistant in the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics from 1977 to 1993.  His LDWF career began in 1993 and he currently heads the LDWF Socioeconomic Research Section. 

In addition, Lavergne represents LDWF on a number of panels and committees including the Louisiana Crab Task Force, Louisiana Wild Caught Crawfish Task Force, Louisiana State Seafood Industry Advisory Board, Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Socioeconomic Panel and the Louisiana Clean Marine Program Committee.

LDWF Undersecretary Janice Lansing commented that Lavergne "contributes to the success of the department's programs in numerous ways, including development of the Customer Service Plan, Language Assistance and Clean Vessel Programs and has led the department's assessment of the economic impacts to Louisiana fishery resources following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

David Lavergne

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.