Caffey honored with new rice variety

Linda Benedict, Schultz, Bruce  |  2/25/2011 1:45:45 AM

Photo of Rouse Caffey

Friends, family and former co-workers of Rouse Caffey gathered Feb. 10 at the Rice Research Station in Crowley to celebrate the naming of a new rice variety in his honor. The first work on the Caffey variety, a medium-grain rice, started in 1999, said Steve Linscombe, LSU Ag- Center regional director.

“This is probably the variety I’m most proud of,” Linscombe said. “We get to honor someone who has made an important impact on the rice industry and LSU.” The variety went through 11 generations before it was approved, and its parents can be traced back to other medium-grain varieties such as Bengal, Mercury and Rico 1. Caffey was the Rice Research Station director from 1962 until 1970, and he later became chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, a post he retired from in 1997.

Bruce Schultz

(This article was published in the winter 2011 issue of Louisiana Agriculture Magazine.)

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