unnamed-6King Sucrose LXXVII | Donald P. Segura

Donald Segura was born and raised in New Iberia, and is a descendent of founding forefathers of Malaga, Spain. He continues his family tradition as a sixth generation Sugarcane Farmer. He started farming at an early age and in the early 1960’s he began operations as Segura Farms which has now expanded to include many acres in Iberia and St Mary parishes.

He is a Louisiana Farm Bureau member and a past Iberia Parish Farm Bureau board member where he served as chairman of the Agriculture Committee. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Cajun Sugar Cooperative where he served as President and later as Secretary. He served many years on the Board of Directors for the American Sugar Cane League. He was elected to and chaired the Iberia County Agriculture and Soil Conservation District Board and as County Commissioner served on National Agricultural Committees.

He served many years as a public servant, by being elected as a Police Juror and Iberia Parish Council Member. He also served as a Justice of the Peace. He has served as a board member of the Iberia Youth Baseball Program and coached many years at different levels of the program.

Donald currently serves on the Iberia Parish 4H Foundation Board which he has served on since the first Board of Directors was formed. He currently serves as Vice President on the Teche-Vermillion Levy Board. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7050. He was a long-term member of St Marcellus Catholic Church and a current member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Over the years Donald has won various awards. He was selected as the Iberia Parish Jaycees “Young Farmer of the Year” and placed in the State Level Competition. He received the Iberia-Vermillion Soil and Water Conservation Award by LA Bankers Association. He was named Outstanding Conservation Farmer in St. Mary Parish. He received the Goodyear Conservation Award of Merit presented by the St. Mary SWCD. He also received the Friend of 4-H Award by Iberia Parish LSU Cooperative Extension Services and was recognized by Louisiana 4-H Foundation for services rendered. Donald has also been inducted into the Iberia Parish Softball Hall of Fame.

Donald is married to Dr. Catherine Hebert Segura. They have three sons; Juan and wife Wendy, Jarrod and wife Kimberly, and Jaime. They have seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They are extremely proud to have the sugarcane family tradition continued by their two sons, Juan and Jaime and a grandson Jacob and granddaughter Shelby who are all actively involved in the farming operations.

Donald has enjoyed traveling around the US playing in many Softball Tournaments. He and his wife have traveled extensively to many countries around the world and are interested and active in preserving their cultural heritage.