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May 23 11:02 AM

Former Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom dies

Former Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom passed away Saturday morning at a Zachary hospital after his wife took the 78- year-old in for breathing problems.

“Today, Louisiana lost a giant in the agricultural industry, said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.

“Former Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Bob Odom began his agriculture service in 1960 as an employee of the department and was elected commissioner in 1979. There is something to be said for anyone who has dedicat ed most of their life to public service.

“Most notably and early on in his tenure, Odom combined all aspects of the agricultural industry under one department, making it more modern and operating more efficiently, and making it a model for other states. Odom was also a past president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which helped bring the Louisiana agricultural industry to the national forefront.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Commissioner Odom’s loved ones.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued the following statement on the passing of Odom:

“I am sorry to hear about the loss of Bob Odom, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Bob was a champion for the Louisiana agriculture community, and his work will reverberate for decades. His list of accomplishments is truly impressive, and his passionate service for Louisiana and the country will not be forgotten.”

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