The Louisiana Council of Farmer Cooperatives (LCFC) recently named Michael G. Melancon as its Cooperative Leader of the Year for 2017.
Melancon, a native of Breaux Bridge, has been active in the state's sugarcane industry during his entire career and has served in various capacities with various cooperatives and agriculture-related organizations.
LCFC Secretary Lenny Waguespack presented Melancon with the award at the group's annual meeting held at the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives facility in Baton Rouge.
"I've always been proud to serve Louisiana's sugar industry," Melancon said. "Our goal has always been to look for ways to constantly improve our production and be good farming neighbors to the public."
DEMCO Board President Dickie Sitman, who also serves on the LCFC board of directors, commended Melancon on his recognition.
"It is a great pleasure to honor Mike for all he has done for Louisiana agriculture," Sitman said. "He has always had a real heart for rural Louisiana, ag business development and the cooperative way of doing business."