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Name: Bobby Fletcher
Title: Assistant Director, LCES
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Department: LCES Administration
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 102 H Efferson Hall, Highland Rd at East Parker
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone Number: (225) 578-3659
Mobile: (225) 305-3235
Fax Number: (225) 578-4225

Education/Training

B.S. in Agribusiness, 1986, Southeastern Louisiana University

M.S. in Vocational Education, 1994, Louisiana State University

Horticulture Specialty, 2001, LSU AgCenter

Ph. D. in Human Resource Education with a minor in Horticulture, 2006, Louisiana State University

 

Areas of Specialization/Research
  • Commercial vegetable program (including best management practices (BMPs), variety demonstrations, farmers markets and field days)
  • Commercial citrus program (including BMPs, demonstration plots, marketing and field days)
  • Resource person for retail and commercial nursery owners, athletic field directors and golf course managers
  • Pest management resource for commercial producers
  • Environmental horticultural programming (consumer horticultural BMPs)
    • Ornamantals and shrubs
    • Urban trees
    • Home gardens and orchards (including citrus)
  • Lawn and turf management    
  • Pest management (insects, diseases and weeds)
  • Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator
  • Louisiana Junior Master Gardener coordinator

     

Professional Experience

Dr. Fletcher currently serves as Assistant Director, LSU AgCenter  August 15, 2008 to present.
Dr. Bobby H. Fletcher, Jr. serves as Assistant Director of the LSU AgCenter. Dr. Fletcher coordinates over 150 cooperative endeavor agreements between the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES), parish governments, police juries, school boards and other local entities. The value of these agreements is currently over $3.5 Million annually.

Dr. Fletcher works directly with the LSU Vice President for Agriculture. In addition, Dr. Fletcher works to develop specialized urban LCES outreach in Orleans, Jefferson, and Caddo parishes. He is also working on specific national cooperative extension service initiatives and administrative coordination for disaster response.

Regional Director, Southeast Region, since July 1, 2010 to May 31, 2013. The Southeast Region consists of 16 parish Cooperative Extension Service offices as well as three Agricultural Experiment Research stations (Bob R. Jones Idlewild, Hammond and Southeast). There are currently 150 faculty and staff in the Southeast region. In addition, he maintains a twenty percent (20%) appointment as Assistant Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, working primarily with the"Local Support" initiative.

Interim Regional Director, Southeast Region, September 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

Assistant Director, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service,
parish programming, August 15, 2008 to present. He also served as Louisiana Master Gardener program coordinator from August 15, 2008 to June 30, 2010. 

Assistant to the Director for Special Programs, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, providing administrative leadership in building local financial and administrative support (through cooperative agreements) with parish government partners (police juries, parish councils and school boards) statewide, January 2007 through June 30, 2008

Area Agent (Horticulture) in Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes, November 1998 to August 2008

Assistant/Associate/County Agent (4-H, agriculture and horticulture) in Iberia Parish, September 1991 to November 1998

Assistant County Agent (4-H) in Terrebonne Parish, March 1989 to September 1991
 

Awards/Grants
Grants/Local Funding:

Local Support funding for 64 parish Cooperative Extension Service offices is currently at $3.5 million annually.

USDA NIFA Multi State Special Needs Grant, Award No. 2010-41210-21185, Primary Investigator, $200,000.00 grant in response to BP Horizon oil spill for Cooperative Extension Service response for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

USDA NIFA Special Needs Grant,  Award No. 2011-41210-30487, Primary Investigator, $60,000.00 grant in response to Mississippi river flooding for Cooperative Extension Service response for Louisiana.

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Journal Articles:

Fletcher, B., Louisiana Agriculture. Volunteers Help us Meet Our Mission. Summer 2011. Vol. 54, No. 3. Pp. Cover.
 
LeBlanc,  B.D., Franze, C., Sheffield, R., Moreira, V. and Fletcher, B. Louisiana Agriculture. Water Resources Extension Programs. Fall 2011. Vol. 54, No. 4. Pp. 33-34.

Richard, R, Fletcher, B., 1999, Ag Day, Journal of Extension, Vol. 37, No. 1. http://www.joe.org/joe/1999february/iw1.php

Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Publications:

Fletcher, Jr., Bobby H. Serving People Across Louisiana (name changed Jan 2012". 2012, Publication No. AC-3

Fletcher, Jr., Bobby H., Owings, Allen D., Carney, Jr., William A., LeBlanc, Brian D., Cummins, Denyse B., Ferrin, Donald M., Gill, Daniel J., Pollet, Dale K., Reed, Donald P., Harrison, Henry, Stevens, Jr., J. Cheston, Schmit, Rene G., Strahan, Ronald E., Gauthier, Stuart, Koske, Thomas J., A Guide to Louisiana Friendly Landscaping - Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods, 2009.

LeBlanc, B.D., Franze, C. and B. Fletcher. 2011. Possible Environmental Impacts on Lake Pontchartrain by the Opening of the Bonnie Carrie Spillway Based on Historical Data. http://www.seagrantfish.lsu.edu/pdfs/BCS_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Proceedings:

Cater, Melissa W., Fletcher, Jr., Bobby H. An Analysis of Gardening Competence among Students Involved in a School Gardening Project, LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth and Family Development Research Review, 2012.

Fletcher, B.H., The Impact of the Louisiana Master Gardener Program on the Perceived and Actual Horticultural Knowledge of Program Participants, American Society of Horticutlural Science, Conference Proceedings, 2006.
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