Louisiana is a big producer of sugarcane, rice, soybeans, cotton and strawberries as well as cattle, chicken and horses. In addition, according to the LSU AgCenter Louisiana’s forestry industry is worth more than $10 billion, with timber covering half the state and providing nearly 46,000 jobs—around the same number as the state’s oil and gas industry.
The Department of Agriculture & Forestry is present in your everyday life, from inspecting the meat, seafood and produce you buy at the grocery store to the gas you put in your car. Charlie’s number-one goal is making sure the state is serving the taxpayers to the best of their ability.
“We are truly blessed with an abundance of natural resources here in Louisiana. We need to support our own local farmers and fisheries, but when we do bring in foreign seafood, we must ensure it’s tested and safe for our consumers—and that’s currently not the case.”
Charlie Greer started farming at an early age. He’s picked cotton and dug potatoes, he’s raised horses and cattle, and he manages his own timberland. He understands the concerns of his fellow farmers and the hard work involved. Having served two commissioners for 20 years with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, he’s more than ready to be Your Commissioner.