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Campaign 1983: Agriculture Commissioner

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-09-16

Duration: 00:06:34

Subjects: Elections, 1983 | Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture election, 1983 | Politics | Louisiana. Department of Agriculture and Forestry | Odom, Bob


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Reporter
  • Odom, Bob Interviewee
  • Becnel, C.J. Interviewee
  • Baum, Noel "Butch" Interviewee
  • Nelson, Ted Interviewee


This segment from the September 16, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the upcoming election for the Commissioner of Agriculture. Johnson interviews Bob Odom, the incumbent, who discusses his role in restoring integrity to the office, the importance of his farming background, and the necessity of herbicides and pesticides. Johnson also interviews three of Odom’s opponents, C.J. Becnel, Noel “Butch” Baum, and Ted Nelson, who discuss Odom’s lack of integrity and why they are running for the office. Host: Beth Courtney