In the late 1600s, French explorers came upon a curving, meandering stream in north central Morehouse Parish in Louisiana. They named it the Bonne Idee--French for “good idea.”
For centuries the Bonne Idee made its way to Beouf River to the south--its nutrient-filled waters forming rich alluvial silt loam soils along its one hundred mile journey. It is in these fields formed by the co-mingling of unique land and water that perfect conditions are created for Bonne Idee Produce to yield the sweetest sweet potatoes.
A "good idea?"–We think so!
Established in January 2016, Bonne Idee Produce, LLC is owned and operated by Marilyn McKoin, Laura Barham, Brian Barham, Paul Muirhead, and Kelsey McKoin. With our customers in mind, we are committed to the production of quality produce, sustainability, and sound agricultural policies and practices in order to yield delicious, nutritious sweet potatoes.
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LAURA BARHAM I Vice President/Secretary
Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Ag Business with a minor in Agronomy. She also earned a Master of Agriculture degree with graduate work focused on sweet potato pathology, particularly virus transmission and vectors.
BRIAN BARHAM I CFO/ Sales Director
Brian is involved in all phases of Bonne Idee Produce as CFO and Director of Marketing and Sales. In 2013, he completed The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers (TEPAP) in Austin, Texas. Brian is currently participating in the prestigious LSU Agriculture Leadership Development Program’s Class XV.
KELSEY MCKOIN I COO
Kelsey has over 30 years of experience in commercial vegetable production, with the last 20 years growing and packing sweet potatoes. A 1992 graduate of the LSU Agricultural Leadership Program (Class II), he has served on the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, as president of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Association, and as Vice-President of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council.
PAUL MUIRHEAD I Senior Partner
Paul is Senior Partner at Bonne Idee Produce and is a current member of the 32nd class of the American Soybean Association Young Leader Program. Paul is also a local county board member of Farm Bureau.
JENNIFER BLACK I Office Manager