Hollier retires from plant pathology

Tobie Blanchard, Gould, Frances I.  |  9/12/2018 3:59:34 PM

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After 35 years of helping Louisiana farmers fight crop diseases, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Clayton Hollier has retired.

Hollier had a split appointment among extension, research and teaching. He was responsible for plant pathology education programs for rice, small grains, feed grains, sugarcane, ornamentals, turfgrasses and forages. He also had a partial research appointment to assess crop losses from diseases.

“The most rewarding portion of my job was educating our LSU AgCenter clients about the crop diseases that they were encountering or likely to encounter,” Hollier said. “The payoff was a smile and a thank you because of their success.”

Hollier returned to the AgCenter part time to develop and implement a faculty mentoring program to help extension faculty.

“My job is to focus on the extension component to help them be the best extension specialist possible, realizing that in graduate school we learned how to do research, and most have had teaching experience, but we did not learn how to be extension specialists,” Hollier said.

Boyd Padgett, a plant pathologist and, most recently, the AgCenter Central Region director, will return to the field and take over much of Hollier’s former responsibilities.

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