LFSCO Family Legacy: Timeline

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Luther Delaney

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1913

Luther and Charles  Delaney began growing and selling alfalfa hay with their father, T.R. Delaney.

1923

WWI Veteran, Luther began as the first Louisiana Nursery State Forester at Alexander State Forest.

1948

Governor Earl K. Long wrote to Luther Delaney thanking him for helping to oversee the planting of over 100 million tree seedlings.

1952

Luther developed  a new method of extracting pine seed using a rotary wine basket.

1954

Luther retired from State Forestry Commission.

Derwood Delaney

1958

Derwood Delaney returned from post-WWII service in Germany to begin his career in seed processing with American Forest Seed Company.

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1983

With American Seed Company being sold to corporate buyers, Derwood frustrated with lack of attention to seed care goes out on a limb. Taking a $250,000 loan he set out on his American Dream to begin building Louisiana Forest Seed Company by hand with his four boys.

1984

All hands on deck with Derwood persuading his four boys and family members to pitch in with his new founded company.

1984

Derwoods dream becomes a reality with his first shipments.

John and Gary Delaney

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1984

John and Gary become partners with Derwood to expand LFSCO

1995

LFSCO expands its growing business by adding over 30,000 sq. ft and 4 coolers to meet the high demands of their seed.

1990

John invents machines to boost yellow popular seed germination from 10% to 85%+ and Cypress seed from 40% to 85%+

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1996

Delaney's are featured as the cover company for FORESTS & PEOPLE magazine for their success in the Tree Seed Business

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2000

LFSCO expands to over 200 tree seed species

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2001

John Delaney opens Oakwold Farms providing over 50 wholesale nursery trees and shrubs.