Steven Linscombe, Schultz, Bruce | 4/19/2005 10:29:06 PM
News Release Distributed 5/07/04
CROWLEY – New LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station facilities are symbolic of the top-notch effort under way to help the state’s rice farmers, the chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board said Thursday (May 6).
Dr. Ernest Girouard made those remarks at an open house for the research station’s new building.
"We’re here to celebrate this new facility, but it’s also to celebrate the people who work in this facility," Girouard said of the LSU AgCenter faculty and staff members.
Rice farmers have voted every 5 years since 1974 to support rice research through a check-off program, Girouard said.
"No other group of commodity producers supports research more than rice farmers," he said.
Rice farmers support the funding program every 5 years, because the money is spent wisely, Girouard said.
"I can assure you rice producers the work done at this station is known worldwide," he said.
LSU AgCenter Chancellor William B. "Bill" Richardson said rice farmers have provided between $25 million and $30 million in research funding during the past 30 years. Richardson praised the rice station personnel.
"This is one of the best teams you’ll ever find," he said.
Dr. David Boethel, the LSU AgCenter’s vice chancellor for research, said 60 percent of the rice varieties grown in the South were developed at the rice station, and the crawfish program conducted there adds additional value to the LSU AgCenter’s work.
In addition, Dr. Paul Coreil, the LSU AgCenter’s vice chancellor for extension, said the rice station exemplifies the good working relationship needed between research and the extension personnel – a relationship that’s critical in the AgCenter’s mission of conducting useful research and sharing it with people who need to implement the results.
Dr. Steve Linscombe, resident coordinator of the station and LSU AgCenter Southwest Region director, credited his predecessor, Dr. Joe Musick, who retired last year, for moving the project forward.
"If it weren’t for Dr. Musick, we wouldn’t have the facility here today," Linscombe said.
Richardson also said Musick’s persistence led Dennis Stipe, then LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for facilities planning, to conclude that "Musick’s not going to retire until you build that building."
The project combined construction of a new administration building and remodeling the remainder of the old structure, which was built in 1954. The architect was Wayne Corne, and the contractor was J.B. Mouton and Sons, both of Lafayette.
Musick said he first started work to get a new rice dryer and processor for the foundation seed program.
Getting state funds for the new building required the work of several people.
"We just pushed and shoved and got it put together," Musick said.
The facilities were needed, Musick said, pointing out that the roof on the old building leaked badly.
"We were able to get rid of 15 buckets when we put that new roof on," Musick said, stressing that he has one request for Richardson and Linscombe.
"Maintain. That’s all I ask."