Crop consultants honor sugarcane scientist

Linda Benedict, Schultz, Bruce  |  2/26/2010 10:45:39 PM

ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association inducted Ben Legendre, LSU AgCenter sugarcane scientist, into the Agricultural Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual conference in February 2010.

Legendre, previously the LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist and now director of the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute, has conducted sugarcane research over the past three decades.

“The distinguished award is well-deserved by Dr. Legendre,” said David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research. “His expertise is recognized internationally, and it’s good that consultants in his backyard have seen it fitting to honor him.”

The LACA also awarded $2,000 scholarships to two LSU AgCenter doctoral students and an undergraduate LSU student.

The two Ph.D. candidates, Tracy Price, who studies under Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, and Rebecca Melanson, working with Jong Ham, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, tied for the scholarship. Matt Baeurle, an undergraduate majoring in agricultural pest management, also received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Dow Agro Sciences.

Bruce Schultz

(This article was published in the winter 2010 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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