“Without you, we cannot have a 4-H,” Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, told the honorees. “This country is great because of volunteers like you.”
Coreil said state budget cuts will mean fewer 4-H agents and more volunteers will be needed. “Many parishes are only going to have one agent.”
Coreil said the 4-H program demonstrates the commitment to youth and the future.
“There is nothing more important than what we do with 4-H,” he said. “There is nothing more important than our kids.”
Hains has worked with the Acadia Parish 4-H program since 1971 as a member, project leader, parent, advisor and foundation member. His six children and grandchildren carry on the 4-H tradition.
He has provided his time, personal property and equipment to host and conduct training events for small engines, tractor, bicycle and shooting sports events. Hains has served as a judge for forestry, poultry, woodworking, electricity and dairy competition. He was one of the primary organizers of the Acadia Parish 4-H Exchange Program, and he has received many 4-H awards, including the Good Provider Award, the 4-H Congress Leader Award, the 4-H Alumni Award, the Attorney General Award, and he has been Acadia Parish Achievement Day honoree.