Earlier this month, members of the American Sugar Cane League voted at their annual meeting to elect Sugarcane producer Michael Melancon of BreauxBridge as their president.

Melancon, the 48th president of the American Sugar Cane League, was a board of directors member for more than a dozen years, and he has now held every elective office in their organization.

Melancon says,

 

   “I’m proud to serve in this role representingLouisiana’s sugar industry. Commodity groups like ours are constantly looking for ways to improve our production and be good farming neighbors to the public.”

 

The start of the American Sugar Cane League came in 1922 when producers got together to fight multiple diseases that were threatening the crop.

Melancon takes the helm of the group now having had 35 years in the industry.

Melancon also holds other distinctions including:

  • He is the current president of the Louisiana Sugarcane Co-Operative of St. Martinville
  • He is the chairman of the Sugar Growers & Refiners, Inc.
  • He is the treasurer of the St. Martin/Lafayette Sugar Advisory Committee
  • He is a member of the ASCL Sugar Foundation

Melancon has been farming professionally since 1980 when he joined his family in farming.  He manages land in between Henderson, Cecilia and Breaux Bridge.

During their annual meeting, the members also elected other officers:

 

  •  Charles Schudmak of White Castle was elected vice president
  • Gregory Gravois of Vacherie, secretary
  • Randall Romero of Jeanerette, treasurer