About Heather Kirk-Ballard

Heather-Kirk-BallardJPGHeather Kirk-Ballard is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter

She is an Assistant Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter, a position she began in February 2019. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in plant and soil systems concentrating in ornamentals and a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Before working for the AgCenter, she worked as a research associate at Pennington Biomedical Research Center where she also completed her doctoral research in the Ubiquitin lab with support from the Botanical Center located there, focusing on medicinal plants.

She is responsible for statewide consumer horticulture extension work and is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing program, a statewide educational effort in home horticulture utilizing radio, Internet, TV and newsprint.

Home gardeners can read her Get It Growing articles on the AgCenter’s website and watch her gardening segments shown on local TV stations and on the LSU AgCenter website. She also writes for the LSU AgCenter Get It Growing lawn and garden calendar.

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