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La. Agriculture Commissioner Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-09-09

Duration: 00:56:46

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Elections, 2019 | Television debates | Louisiana. Department of Agriculture and Forestry | STRAIN, MIKE


  • McCalope, Michelle Moderator
  • Green, Marguerite "Margee" Speaker
  • Strain, Mike Speaker
  • Williams, Peter Speaker


Michelle McCalope moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on September 9, 2019, between three of the candidates for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry: Commissioner Mike Strain (R); Marguerite “Margee” Green (D) of New Orleans; and Peter Williams (D) of Lettsworth. The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: their top priorities; the impact of the trade war on agriculture; the state’s medical marijuana program; the lack of grain storage in Louisiana; solutions for the dead zone caused by agricultural runoff; regulating pesticides; raising the gasoline tax; climate change; encouraging young people to become farmers; regulating florists; and youth agriculture organizations. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.