LSU AgCenter names interim soybean, feed grain coordinator

Richard Bogren  |  3/29/2008 12:30:02 AM

News Release Distributed 03/31/08

Rob Ferguson has been appointed interim coordinator of the LSU AgCenter’s soybean, corn and grain sorghum extension education program.

He will serve in this position until the LSU AgCenter can find a replacement for Dr. David Lanclos, who headed the program for several years until he left for a position in private industry, said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the AgCenter.

“A search committee has been formed, and an active search is in progress for qualified individuals to fill the positions of state soybean specialist and state corn and grain sorghum specialist,” Coreil said.

Coreil cited Ferguson’s extensive experience in farm management and support for the soybean, corn and grain sorghum programs as an associate for Lanclos.

“Rob has compiled an impressive record of publications and presentations in the relatively short time he has been an employee of the LSU AgCenter,” Coreil said.
“He has been author or co-author of 59 articles, newsletters or technical publications and has presented information at 21 field days, grower meetings and conferences.”

In his interim position, Ferguson will provide statewide leadership for LSU AgCenter soybean, corn and grain sorghum education programs, and an additional associate has been employed to assist, Coreil added.

Ferguson said he’s excited about the opportunity to provide leadership for education programs benefitting Louisiana farmers growing these commodities.

He said he’s looking forward to working with county agents, consultants, agribusiness personnel and producers to carry out the mission of the LSU AgCenter, and he has already begun the process of assuming his new role.

Ferguson will work out of the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research and Extension Center at Alexandria and can be reached there at (318) 427-4424 or by e-mail at referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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