Volunteer of the Year 2016 | Jessie Breaux
Jessie is a 1969 graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, La. where he was the president of the FFA chapter, and upon graduation received the American Legion Award. In 1974 he graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana, Lafayette, La. holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. Upon graduation, he received the Agronomy Student Award from the American Society of Agronomy. After Graduation, he went to work for the South Coast Sugar Corporation. One year later he went to work for Pete deGravelles, Jr. He managed Pete’s Farm, Teche Planing Company, Inc., for nine years. It was during that time when he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award from the Franklin Jaycees. He bought out part of Pete’s farming operation in 1982. He then formed Bayou Cane Company, Inc. Jessie is a fourth generation sugarcane farmer. He retired in February of 2014, after farming for thirty two years.
He served as President of the St. John and Hanson School Board for two years and as a board member for nine years. He is a member of the Church of the Assumption in Franklin, La. He has also served for six years in the Louisiana National Guard. He graduated from Louisiana State University’s Agricultural Center Agricultural Leadership Program as a member of Class IV in 1996. He serves on the Agricultural Leaders of Louisiana’s Board of Directors. He served as President of the Ag. Leaders of Louisiana Alumni Association for two years. He was King Sucrose the 69th of the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival. He served as President of the LA Sugar Cane Festival board for three years and as Vice-President for one year.
He is a member of the board of directors of the American Sugar Cane League and was President from 2207 to 2009. He is also a member of the ASSCT, a member of the Farm Service Agency county committee and a board member of the St. Mary Parish Farm Bureau. He has also served as a board of director of the St. Mary Sugar Cooperative since 1986 and has been the Secretary-Treasurer for the past thirty years.
He is employed by JMB Partnership LLC as their Agronomist.
Jessie is married to Cindy Scelfo Breaux. They have three children, Michelle and husband Pheng Nitchin, Jolene and husband Kevin Credeur, and Ryan Breaux and wife Krista. Five grandchildren, Tyler and Tanner Nitchin, Zachary and Charley Credeur and one step grandchild Alex Credeur.