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Special to the Press-Herald
Baton Rouge – Charlie Greer is a 23-year former employee of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and he would like to announce his candidacy for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.
Although qualifying for statewide elections began September 8th, Greer has been actively campaigning statewide.
“This election is critical, especially with the future of our farmers, ranchers, producers and landowners at stake,” Greer says. Consumer protection and safety is a priority.
Greer retired in 2013 after serving as the Program Director/Forestry Enforcement Chief for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Prior to his 23 years of service to Louisiana’s farmers, ranchers and landowners, Greer worked as a Wildlife Enforcement Agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He also worked as the Chief Criminal Investigator and Chief Deputy with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In addition, Charlie served in an advisory capacity for the Governor Dave Treen administration.
Greer cites a number of reasons he is vying for Louisiana’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.
“Our producers, landowners, fishermen, ranchers and farmers are feeling the effects of a lack of leadership
within the agriculture and forestry sectors,” said Greer. “Whether it’s a flood of imported seafood, inadequate firefighting capabilities, staffing shortages within weights and measures or failed marketing campaigns, agriculture and forestry is suffering.”
Charlie was born and grew up in north Evangeline Parish in the small rural town of Pine Prairie.
He attended Pine Prairie High School where he was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA).
After attending Louisiana State University, Charlie went on to pursue a career in farming and raising cattle and quarter horses. He has also been an avid hunter and fisherman all his life.
Charlie is a current member with the Louisiana Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, Quails and Pheasants Forever and the Louisiana Forestry Association. He also served as a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Brangus and American Braford Associations.
Charlie is married to Martha Russell Greer, a 37-year veteran of law enforcement with the Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The couple resides in Natchitoches Parish where they manage their timberlands and property and attend Good Hope Baptist Church.
They have one son, one daughter and three grandchildren.