BATON ROUGE – Burl Cain, warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, recently spent the afternoon with students from the LSU Agriculture Residential College, or ARC.
As a guest speaker for the AGRI 2900 class, Cain – a 1967 LSU graduate in agricultural business – spoke to students, faculty and staff about how he has used his bachelor’s degree from LSU’s College of Agriculture in his career.
Cain also spoke to students about the agricultural side of operations at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Angola has more than 6,000 acres of farmland, almost all of which is tended to by hand by the inmates. All of the produce consumed at Angola is grown on site, and everything harvested is either eaten or frozen. Cotton, soybeans, okra, squash, cabbage and tomatoes are just a few of the crops raised by inmates. There are also cattle, horses, and mules that are raised on site to assist with the farm work.