Brian Barham


Prior to founding Lagniappe Planting Co. in 2010, Brian managed a farm in Mississippi. In addition to his duties as farm manager, he also assisted with grain elevator management and the purchasing and selling of corn and soybeans. Brian attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Mississippi State University. In 2013, he completed The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers (TEPAP) in Austin, Texas. Brian was selected for to participate in the prestigious LSU Agriculture Leadership Development Program’s Class XV. Brian now resides in Chatham, Mississippi with his wife Laura and two children, Caroline and Baylor.

Paul Muirhead

COO & Mississippi Operations Manager

Paul Muirhead is co-founder of Lagniappe Planting Company. Paul graduated in 2003 from the Sharkey-Issaquena Academy and completed Mississippi Delta Community College in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. During that time, he also worked with Brian at Phillips Farms Elevator. In 2014, he was inducted into the Harvest Max 100 Bushel Wheat Club, and he is a current member of the 32nd class of the American Soybean Association Young Leader Program. A member of Anguilla United Methodist Church, Paul resides in Anguilla with his daughter, Lily Claire.

Kelsey McKoin

Louisiana Operations Manager

A lifelong resident of Bonita, Louisiana, Kelsey graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a concentration in agronomy. He is a 1992 graduate of the LSU Agricultural Leadership Program (Class II) and served on the Agricultural Leadership Program Board of Directors. He was first introduced to production agriculture on his family’s farm, where he grew traditional row crops. His interests later shifted to commercially produced vegetables. Kelsey committed long ago to giving back to the agriculture community that has given so much to him. He has served in various capacities in professional and civic organizations in Louisiana. Most recently, he has served as the vice-president of the United States Sweet Potato Council. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Morehouse Parish Farm Bureau and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Labor Advisory Committee. Kelsey married his wife Marilyn in 1975. Together they have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Jennifer Black

Office Manager

Edward Simmons

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Gustavo Mondragon

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Edmundo Huesca

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Richard Thorton

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Robert Gilbert

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Jon Barrentine

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