Gertrude Hawkins is employed by the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station where she is a research associate. This has been her principal occupation for the past 5 years. She farms cotton, corn, soybeans, sugarcane and wheat with her brother. She manages the Edgar LaCour Land Company, LLC which is a family-owned business consisting of timber and row crops. Mrs. Hawkins also manages LaCour & Blake, LLC and Blue Lake Farms, LLC, and is a partner in G&L Farm Partnership and GNG Farm Partnership. She is a board member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Farm Bureau, Edgar LaCour Land Company, LLC, LaCour & Blake, LLC, and Blue Lake Farms, LLC. Mrs. Hawkins is also the president of Schwab Farms, Inc. and secretary for Bouanchaud Farms, Inc., Gilmer Farms, Inc., and G&M Farms, Inc. Mrs. Hawkins serves as a member of American Sugar Cane League, Louisiana Sugar Growers, American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, and Tri Parish Gin.