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Hunter Lepretre has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Charles and Rose Broussard Internship program.Hunter is a native of Gueydan, Louisiana in Vermilion parish and is the son of Scotty and Shelly Lepretre.Hunter graduated from Gueydan High School and is currently a Junior at McNeese State University majoring in Natural Resource Conservation and Management.During his time in high school, Hunter was active in the 4-H, FFA, and BETA clubs.Hunter showed livestock throughout high school and was a three-time Vermilion Parish Swine Premiere Exhibitor as well as a Acadiana District Swine Premier Exhibitor.His experiences in 4-H and FFA, along with his experiences with his family’s cattle operation, fostered his interests in agriculture and natural resources.
During his time at McNeese, Hunter has been very successful in the classroom as evidenced by being named to the Honor Roll in each of his semesters there.He has been able to maintain that level of performance while remaining very active both in terms of work experience and his involvement in extracurricular activities.Hunter has been a member of the Collegiate FFA chapter, has served as recruiting chairman for the McNeese Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and is a member of the McNeese Wildlife Club.From a work experience standpoint, Hunter has remained heavily involved in his family’s cattle operation and has worked with other family members in a crawfish production operation. He has also worked in the areas of natural resources and wildlife management serving as a contract technician and waterfowl guide with the White Lake Wetlands Conversation Area and working in the areas of waterfowl banding and controlled burning with personnel from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Hunter continues to explore his options for life after college and that is one of the reasons for his interest in the Charles and Rose Broussard Internship Program.Hunter will work with Dr. Dustin Harrell and his Agronomic Project at the Rice Research Station.Dr. Harrell is a Rice Agronomist and serves as the station’s Resident Coordinator.Dr. Harrell’s background and experiences along with his research in agronomic management practices including nutrient and water management will fit well with Hunter’s interest in forage production and soil fertility.The experiences that Hunter will gain from this internship opportunity will help him increase his knowledge base and, hopefully, shine some light on potential long term career goals in agriculture and natural resource management.
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