News Sources

Listed below are topics in the news related to agriculture, natural resources, the environment, nutrition, food sciences and youth development and the contact information for people in the LSU AgCenter and the College of Agriculture who can serve as news sources. If you need more information or have difficulty reaching any of these people, please contact Linda Benedict (225-578-2937), Rick Bogren (225-578-5839), Johnny Morgan (225-578-8484), Craig Gautreaux (225-578-5673) or Tobie Blanchard (225-578-5649).


Agricultural economics

Kurt Guidry (225-578-3282, or cell 225-281-9377) can answer most any question about agricultural economics, but his specialty is cotton, soybeans, feed grains. Michael Salassi (225-578-2713) can answer economic questions about rice and sugarcane.

Aquaculture

Greg Lutz (225-765-2848, or cell 225-223-0371) is the aquaculture extension specialist and can answer questions about crawfish, fish, oysters and shrimp.

Beekeeping

Agricultural economics

Kurt Guidry (225-578-3282, or cell 225-281-9377) can answer most any question about agricultural economics, but his specialty is cotton, soybeans, feed grains. Michael Salassi (225-578-2713) can answer economic questions about rice and sugarcane.



Aquaculture

Greg Lutz(225-765-2848, or cell 225-223-0371) is the aquaculture extension specialist and can answer questions about crawfish, fish, oysters and shrimp.



Beekeeping


Bee safety

Sebe Brown(318-498-1283); Kristen Healy does research and can speak to this issue, too, but Sebe can deal with the issue of pesticides used in crop production and their possible effect on the bee population. For ornamentals and the effects of neonics and pesticides on bees, go to Dennis Ring.



Biofuels

Donal Day at 225-642-0134 or dday@agcenter.lsu.edu. John Russin can talk about the $17.2 million SUBI grant.



Cattle

the five regional specialists are: Ryon Walker for NW; Guillermo Scaglia for SW; Central; Jason Holmes for NE; Kenny Sharpe for SE



Coastal restoration


Corn/Cotton

Dan Fromme is the corn and cotton extension specialist (318-880-8079).



Crawfish

Greg Lutz, aquaculture extension specialist, handles calls from the media about crawfish; Ray McClain conducts research on crawfish and can handle media calls, too.



Drones

Randy Price



Feral hogs

Glen Gentry at Idlewild



Fisheries industry

the four fisheries agents, who have joint appointments with Louisiana Sea Grant are Thomas Hymel, Mark Shirley, Rusty Gaudé and Alan Matherne at 985-873-6495 or amatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu



Floods and hurricanes

Claudette Reichel is the expert on housing resiliency and mold mitigation; other topics: animal safety – horses, Neely Walker; cattle – ?; food safety – Wenqing Xu; disaster preparedness – ?; agricultural damage – Kurt Guidry, ag economist; flood mapping – ?



Flowers

Dan Gill or Allen Owings



Food safety

Marlene Janes is a bench scientist and can talk about pathogens; Achyut Adhikari works with the food producing industry to help them understand the new FSMA at 225-578-2529; Wenqing Xu (Wendy) is the consumer food safety specialist at 255-399-7899 or Wenqing.Xu@agcenter.lsu.edu



Forestry

Shaun Tanger is the statewide forestry economist; the five regional specialists are:Ricky Kilpatrick in Shreveport for NW at rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.eduy or 318-965-2326 or 318-286-7343 (cell).




Forestry insect pests

Tim Schowalter and the emerald ash borer



Commercial fruits and vegetables


Grain sorghum

Josh Lofton at 318-498-1934 (cell)



Horticulture

The five regional specialists are: Kerry D. Heafner in Ouachita Parish for NE at 318-323-2251 or 864-431-2384 (cell); Jennifer Williams forNW; Central; Stuart Gauthier in St. Martin Parish for SW at 337-332-2181; SE; Sara Rogers Shield in Pointe Coupee Parish for Central at 225-638-5533



Housing

Claudette Reichel at LaHouse



Insect pests (corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybean)

Sebe Brown for NE at 318-498-1283 (cell) and David Kerns statewide at 318-439-4844 (cell)



Insect pests(corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybean, sugarcane)

Julien Beuzelin (337-501-7087)



Insect pests (rice)

Michael Stout (225-892-2972)



Irrigation

Stacia Davis at 318-741-7430



Meat

Ken McMillin can speak to retail meat



Mold remediation and other after effects of hurricanes to housing

Claudette Reichel at LaHouse



Mosquitoes

Kristen Healy, Jim Ottea



Nematodes

Charles Overstreet at 225-578-2186



Nutrition

Denise Holston-West, Heli Roy



Oysters

John Supan or Jerome La Peyre (diseases); Greg Lutz can speak to most any seafood topic.



Plant disease (horticulture and citrus)

Raj Singh



Plant disease (rice)

Don Groth (337-296-6853)



Plant disease (soybean, corn, grain sorghum, cotton, wheat)

Trey Price at 318-235-9805 (cell)



Plant disease (soybean, corn, grain sorghum)

Clayton Hollier at 225-578-1464



Plant disease (sugarcane)

Jeff Hoy at 225-578-1392 (cell 225-485-4227)



Rice

Dustin Harrell, an agronomist, is the rice extension specialist and an expert on all areas of rice production (337-250-3553); Steve Linscombe, rice breeder and director of the Rice Research Station, can also answer all questions about rice (337-296-6858).




Rice disease

Don Groth (337-296-6853)



Rice economics

Michael Salassi (225-578-2713)



Rice insect pests

Michael Stout (225-892-2972)



Rice weeds

Eric Webster (225-281-9449)



Seafood processing


Shrimp


Soybeans

Ron Levy at 318-542-8857 (cell)



Strawberries


Sugarcane

Kenneth Gravois for production at 225-642-0224 or kgravois@agcenter.lsu.edu; Ben Legendre for production and research at 225-642-0134



Sweet potatoes

Myrl Sistrunk for production; Don LaBonte for new varieties; Chris Clark for diseases; Tara Smith can also talk about the industry



Termites

Gregg Henderson, Dennis Ring



Textiles

Jenna Kuttruff is an expert on historical textiles



Trees

Hallie Dozier for urban trees; Dan Gill can speak to urban trees as well.



Water quality

Changyoon Jeong at 318-741-7430



Weeds (corn, grain sorghum, cotton, soybeans)

Daniel Stephenson (318-308-7225)



Weeds (rice)

Eric Webster (225-281-9449)



Wheat


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