Agcenter announces adminstrative changes and new researchers

Frances Gould  |  11/20/2013 10:56:13 PM






Boyd Padgett became regional director for the AgCenter Central Region with an office in Alexandria. His responsibilities include overseeing the extension and research efforts in agriculture, 4-H and family and consumer sciences in the region.

"My job will be to oversee and provide direction for these programs through collaborative efforts with LSU AgCenter faculty and other individuals directly involved in these efforts," Padgett said. "My overall goal is to ensure the LSU AgCenter makes a positive impact in the region and benefits our stakeholders."

Although Padgett’s previous position has been filled, he will continue to work with the soybean and grain board in an administrative capacity.

Donnie Miller assumed duties as research coordinator at the Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro on May 1, 2012. This is in addition to his position as research coordinator at the Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph.

"My responsibilities with respect to soybean weed control research have not changed," Miller said. "I will still be doing research with soybeans in weed management, weed biology, IPM strategies, resistance management, burndown programs and transgenic evaluations."

Julien Beuzelin started May 1 at the Dean Lee Research Station with a 90 percent appointment in research and 10 percent in extension. He also has an appointment in the Department of Entomology.

A recent Ph.D. graduate of LSU, Beuzelin studied under Gene Reagan in the AgCenter and Ted Wilson at Texas AgriLife Research. Originally from the French Caribbean where his family farms, he was formally educated in France. His research responsibilities include sweet potato insect pest management and pest problems in soybeans, corn, sorghum and wheat, and he is the statewide extension entomology contact for soybeans, feed grains and sweet potatoes.

David Kerns is an entomologist at the Macon Ridge Research Station. He also has an appointment in the Department of Entomology. He was raised in West Texas and attended Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Auburn University. He has worked as a crop consultant in Texas, with the agri-chemical industry in the Mississippi Delta, as a vegetable and citrus entomologist and as a cotton entomologist.

Kerns’ AgCenter responsiblities include insect pest management in cotton, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum with statewide responsibilities in cotton. Much of his research includes insecticide efficacy, monitoring insecticide resistance, insect outbreaks, developing action thresholds and the development of insect resistant transgenic crops. His program supports three research associates, a research technician, a graduate assistant, four student workers and additional summer labor.

Josh Lofton joined the faculty at the Macon Ridge Research Station May 1 with a 90 percent research and 10 percent extension appointment. He graducated with a Ph.D. from LSU in May.

Lofton’s current research responsibilities are to improve management of the major row crops grown in northeast Louisiana, specifically corn, cotton, soybeans and grain sorghum with emphasis on improving nutrient and water use efficiency. He also is statewide agronomic contact for grain sorghum production.

(This article was published in the 2012 Louisiana Soybean & Grain Research & Promotion Board Report)

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