Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham honored former Louisiana Farm Bureau Information Director Regnal Wallace today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The video is below, followed by a transcript of Congressman Abraham's speech.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the life of Regnal Wallace, the original "Voice of Louisiana Agriculture." It's a nickname he earned for good reason.
When you heard his voice on the radio, you knew immediately that it was Reg. As a farmer myself, I knew I always needed to listen up, because what he was going to tell me was important.
In 1981 Reg launched "This Week in Louisiana Agriculture," a show that he imagined as a new way to tell the public about the incredible work taking place in the fields and processing plants across the state by some of the hardest working men and women in Louisiana. Thirty-five years later, this show is still carried by 18 affiliates in Louisiana and nationwide by RFD-TV, bringing the story of agriculture to 400,000 people each week.
Reg died earlier this month at his home in Franklin parish, which I represent. Those of us in Louisiana will be forever grateful for Reg's contribution to agriculture in our state and the life he dedicated to serving our farmers.