State Sen. Neil Riser, left, presents the 2015 Distinguished Service to North Louisiana Agriculture award to Jack Dailey of Extension. The presentation was made during the annual Awards and Legislative Appreciation Luncheon held by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council on Friday, Jan. 15, in West Monroe Convention Center. 

Jack Dailey of Extension was named winner of the 2015 Distinguished Service to North Louisiana Agriculture Award during the annual Awards and Legislative Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council.

The award was presented to Dailey by State Sen. Neil Riser during the luncheon which was held Friday, Jan. 15, at the West Monroe Convention Center. Dr. Mike Strain, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, was keynote speaker.

The luncheon is held as part of the annual AG EXPO which is also sponsored by the Council. The 34th annual EXPO took place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

Dailey was among four honorees selected for outstanding achievement in agriculture. Other honorees include Thomas Ater of Concordia Parish, winner of the 2015 Young Producer Award; Bentley and Sandy Curry of Richland Parish, winners of the 2015 Specialty Producer Award; and Jim Lingo from West Carroll Parish, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Agricultural Producer award.

Nominees for the Distinguished Service award must have 10 years or more of service to North Louisiana agriculture and be someone who has made significant contributions to the agricultural industry.

In addition, they must be a leader and participant in agricultural and community affairs and exhibit good moral values conducive to individual and family growth.

Dailey manages Boeuf Prairie Farm in Extension which has been in the Dailey family since the 1800s.

“Jack is diligent in studying means to improve the farm’s profitability while remaining mindful that he is the caretaker of the farm’s heritage,” said Carol Pinnell-Alison, Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter.

To improve harvest efficiency and his crop marketing capabilities, Dailey invested in grain bins for on-farm storage. Recently he incorporated into his management plan a computer program to help with irrigation efficiency, tractors with GPS capability and a drone for in-season aerial crop observation.

Pinnell-Alison noted that Dailey has cooperated with the LSU AgCenter’s county agent, Extension Specialists and researchers conducting on-farm demonstrations related to cotton varieties and soil fertility. In 2011 he received certification as a Louisiana Master Farmer which is a voluntary environmental stewardship program.

“He is presently mentoring a young man who is interested in becoming a farmer once he finishes his undergraduate degree,” Pinnell-Alison added.

Dailey earned a B.S. Degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s Degree from Purdue University, both in agriculture. He taught agriculture at Fort Necessity School in Franklin Parish for one year before taking over the management of the family farm.

Historically Boeuf Prairie Farm raised cotton and cattle, and although cotton is still planted on the farm, the crop mix has varied in recent years.

The Dailey family had a cotton gin at one time along the Boeuf River which was convenient for transporting the crop to market in those early years.

Jack Dailey has served in a number of leadership roles in agriculture and his community. Dailey helped organize and currently serves as chairman of his local Fire District. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Franklin Parish Farm Bureau and serves on the Farm Bureau state cotton committee. He is a member of the Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Land Bank.

Dailey was a leader for the Eisenhower People to People trips to China, Australia and Uzbekistan and is a 1990 graduate of the LSU AgCenter Leadership Development Program.

Dailey served as chairman for the Louisiana Cotton Producers Association from 1993-1995, served on the Cotton Board from 1994-1999 and the Board of Directors for Cotton Incorporated from 2007-2009.

In addition, he has served on the Franklin Parish FSA County Committee, and as a Board of Directors member for the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

His community involvement also includes volunteering with the Franklin Parish Boy Scouts. He helped his son Cliff achieve “Eagle Scout.”|

Dailey is married to Daphanie Tucker Dailey and they have four children and six grandchildren.

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