Gold Award (first place) for editing Louisiana Agriculture magazine. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented in St. Louis, Mo., 2010.
ACE Professional Award, the highest award given by the Association for Communication Excellence for long-term service to the organization and outstanding professional accomplishments. Presented in Des Moines, Ia., 2009.
Bronze Award (third place) for media relations campaign promoting the LSU AgCenter's week-long ag awareness exhibit called AgMagic. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented in Traverse City, Mich., 2008.
Bronze Award (third place) for media relations campaign promoting the LSU AgCenter's effort to hold back the fire ant population surge in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented in Albuquerque, N.M., 2007.
Principal Investigator, Research Project, “A Study of the Use and Value of the LSU AgCenter’s Web Site,” Association for Communication Excellence, $1,500 (the maximum), 2006-2007.
Outstanding Professional Skill Award for media relations following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the category of integrated communication programs along with 11 co-workers in Communications. We won a gold award for the campaign and the skill award for the best of all the golds in the category. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 2006.
Gold Award (first place) for editing Louisiana Agriculture along with Rick Bogren. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 2006.
Co-Principal Investigator, Educational Video, “Louisiana Crawfish Production,” Southern Association of Aquaculture, $10,000, 2004-2006.
Silver Award for Technical Publication, “2004 Rice Research Report.” Association for Communication Excellence. Presented at San Antonio, Texas, 2005.
Silver Award for Technical Publication, “2003 Rice Research Report.” Association for Communication Excellence. Presented at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 2004.
Silver Award for Educational project, Non-credit, “Media Training Made Easy,” which was a training session with accompanying notebook of teaching modules. Association for Communication Excellence. Presented at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 2004.
Executive Editor, Journal of Applied Communications, a refereed journal, 2003-2006.
Writing for Specialized Publications, “The Louisiana Black Bear”, Bronze Award, 2003. Agricultural Communicators in Education (national award).
Outstanding Service Award, 1997, College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, Southern University.
Dean’s Outstanding Service Award, 1997, Southern University.
Elected president of an international professional association – ACE (Agricultural Communicators in Education) 1992.
Award of Excellence in Writing, 1991. Agricultural Communicators in Education.
Award of Excellence in Teacher/Training, 1986. Agricultural Communicators in Education.
Professional Skills Award for satellite videoconference on newsletter production, 1991. Agricultural Communicators in Education.
Professional Skills Award for educational campaign on breast cancer, 1990. Agricultural Communicators in Education. (with Melissa Kozicki and Sharon Wood-Turley).
As a student at Iowa State University, president of Mortar Board, a women’s honorary, and president of Alpha Gamma Delta, a social sorority.
Benedict, Linda and Frankie Gould. "Usability Study of the LSU AgCenter Web Site." Presentation at ACE International Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., 2007.
Benedict, Linda. "Issues Management: Building Capacity in the Land-Grant System." National Symposium Proceedings (refereed). Denver, Colo., 2011.
Benedict, Linda and Chris Sigurdson. “Keeping Crises Contained.” Chapter in Media Relations Made Easy Training Guide. Association for Communication Excellence, Gainesville, FL, 2003.
Benedict, Linda and Tom Merrill. “Using a Newspaper’s Editorial Board” and “Using the Editorial Pages.” Articles in Communicators Guide: For Federal, State, Regional and Local Communicators. Federal Communicators Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 2002.
Benedict, Linda. “Diversity: ACE Seeks Ways to Celebrate Differences.” Signals. Agricultural Communicators in Education, Gainesville, Fla. June/July 2000.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “A Look at the Last Millennium: Experiment Station Positions Louisiana for Global Agriculture.” Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Baton Rouge, La. Winter 2000.
Benedict, Linda. “Newsletters.” Chapter in Communicator’s Handbook: Tools, Techniques and Technology. Maupin House, Gainesville, Fla. Both the 2000 and 1996 editions.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “Older Students Serve As Role Models: Louisiana Youth Learn Character Counts.” AgCenter Leads, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. 1999.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “LSU Scientists Take Aim at Red Imported Fire Ants.” AgCenter Leads, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. 1999.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “Million-Dollar Sweet Potato Revives Failing Louisiana Industry.” AgCenter Leads, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. 1998.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “LSU AgCenter Scientists Help Rid State of Serious Cattle Disease.” AgCenter Leads, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. 1998.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “Perspective: Fifty Years of Serving Louisiana Agriculture: Two Research Stations Celebrate Birthdays.” Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Baton Rouge, La. Winter 1998.
Benedict, Linda Foster. “Reaching the Black Press with the Land-Grant Message.” Journal of Applied Communication, Vol. 81, No. 1, 1997. (This is a refereed journal.)
Linda Benedict has been with the LSU AgCenter since June of 1997. She was hired as a writer and editor for Louisiana Agriculture magazine and then promoted to assistant director in charge of news, video and media relations and then promoted to associate director for the department. Prior to her appointment with the AgCenter, she was interim associate dean and project promotion specialist for the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Since moving to Louisiana in 1992, she also serves intermittently as an adjunct professor in LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication.
Before moving to Louisiana, she was an Extension Communications Specialist and Instructor of Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For one year (1985), she was a visiting instructor in the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and inaugurated the Missouri Health and Nutrition Journalism Program. She also served as Director of Communications for Extension and Agriculture at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
A native of Iowa, Benedict started her career as a city reporter for the Waterloo, Iowa, Daily Courier and then went on to become a county extension home economist for Iowa State University in Black Hawk County, Iowa. She then moved to the communications unit at Iowa State University in Ames, serving as a communications specialist and assistant professor.
As Associate Director of LSU AgCenter Communications, Linda Benedict directs news, video production and media relations. She writes press releases about research and extension accomplishments. She serves as editor-in-chief of the LSU AgCenter’s quarterly magazine, Louisiana Agriculture. In addition, she conducts training for LSU AgCenter faculty on media relations, writing, social media, issues management and crisis communication. She writes news for the LSU AgCenter’s intranet to inform employees of programs and policies. She directs production of "AgCenter Leads," which appear on www.LSUAgCenter.com.
Ph.D. 1994, University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism (History of Journalism, Communication Theory, Rural Sociology)
M.A. 1972, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Home Economics Education (Nutrition Education)
B.S. 1969, Iowa State University, Ames, Home Economics Journalism (Food Science)
Within the past decade, the apple snail has established itself in Louisiana but has only recently begun infesting rice farms in the southwestern region.
Break Up with Salt program; Low-glycemic rice helps diabetics; $5 million grant for sweet potatoes; Annual awards presented to outstanding faculty, staff
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying how environmental factors, such as humidity, moisture and food availability, affect termite survival.
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the digestive process in Formosan subterranean termites to determine a new way to control this invasive species.
Among the most important invasive plant diseases threatening Louisiana specialty crops are boxwood dieback, citrus canker and palm phytoplasmas.
Soybean rust continues to be a threat to soybean production in Louisiana since its discovery in this country in 2004 and must be managed.
The redbanded stink bug is the primary insect threat to Louisiana soybeans. Others are the kudzu bug and the brown marmorated stink bug.
Researchers are developing the best ways to make use of the salvinia weevil’s ability to destroy the giant salvinia plant clogging Louisiana waterways.
College honors alumni; Outstanding faculty awards 2021; Ringelman awarded Ducks Unlimited endowed professorship; Four students selected for program
Weeds are the largest economic threat to agriculture as a whole, whether in row crops, aquatics, rangelands or pastures.
LSU AgCenter scientists are trying to prevent the spread of crapemyrtle bark scale before it devastates the beloved crapemyrtle tree.
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying ways to control the spread of the roseau cane scale that is killing off the roseau cane plants guarding the coast.
LSU AgCenter scientists are trying to prevent the spread of a couple of disease threats to cotton.
The LSU AgCenter is part of a national effort to prevent the spread of diseases caused by nematodes and fungi that affect sweet potatoes
A lethal pig bait designed by LSU AgCenter researchers and LSU chemists could be one answer to the proliferation of feral pigs in Louisiana
The invasive Mexican rice borer has become increasingly problematic in Louisiana in recent years and threatens both rice and sugarcane,.
LSU AgCenter and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine researchers are trying to determine crawfish susceptibility to white spot syndrome.
The 2021 crop growing season presented many challenges for Louisiana producers, but none as remarkable as the fall armyworm.
Plants and animals coming into Louisiana from other states or countries are regulated to help deter the spread of invasive species.
Emerging fungal diseases of crops represent a major global biosecurity threat, and LSU AgCenter scientists are working to prevent these diseases in Louisiana.
Assistant professor Tristan Watson's research focuses on nematodes, microscopic roundworms, that can be detrimental to crops.
LSU AgCenter scientists conduct research to identify effective means of controlling or limiting the damage from invasive species in Louisiana agriculture.
The LSU AgCenter’s network of 15 research stations across the state supports Louisiana’s diverse agricultural industry.
The Dean Lee Center covers 3,155 acres, with 500 acres of field crops and 600 acres of pasture, and more than 1,000 acres of hardwood timber.
LSU teams take first and second in ag economics competition; Rutherford new executive associate dean; Stair gets honorary FFA degree; New community garden
$325,000 grant to study Cercospora; 4-H Hall of Famers 2020 and 2021; Virtual sweet potato field day; Ag losses because of Hurricane Ida $584M
Captive deer herds are studied for ways to improve artificial insemination techniques and vaccine development for epizootic viral diseases.
The Northeast Research Station means as much to the community of St. Joseph as the community means to the station.
For decades the LSU AgCenter has supported the state’s pecan growers through research and extension at the Pecan Research Station south of Shreveport.
LSU AgCenter researchers at the Macon Ridge Research Station help producers battling high salt content in a resource they can’t live without — irrigation water.
Providing accessibility to science to Louisiana’s landscape horticulture industry is a key part of the mission of the Hammond Research Station.
Home to a conglomeration of minds who strive to improve the rice industry, the Rice Research Station has become a landmark in the community.
The Iberia Research Station provides farmers and ranchers with the knowledge they need for success in raising cattle and sugarcane.
Tucked in the rolling hills of Washington Parish sits the LSU AgCenter Southeast Research Station, where dairy cows are the chief focus.
Development of new varieties is considered the lifeblood of the Louisiana sugarcane industry, and this is the main charge of the Sugar Research Station.
This LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station continues to be the only one in the US solely dedicated to sweet potato research and development.
Rasel Parvej, LSU AgCenter soil fertility specialist, helps Louisiana producers make sure the soil has the right balance of nutrients.
For more than 70 years the Hill Farm Research Station has served the producers of north Louisiana, evolving to meet their changing needs.
Most of the research performed at the Red River Research Station seeks answers to questions of how agriculture affects our water resources.
Just off a busy thoroughfare in Baton Rouge, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is often called an oasis. Or it is described as “idyllic.”
The 3,000-acre Central Research Station is the one among the LSU AgCenter’s 15 research stations that has brought about the most international acclaim.
LSU AgCenter scientists are working to help Louisiana producers learn to grow industrial hemp profitably.
The LSU AgCenter is turning former pastureland on one of its research stations into forested wetlands to use for teaching and research.
Growing industrial hemp in Louisiana is getting a slow start because of many production and logistical challenges.
Four new plants have been added to the list of Super Plants recommended by the LSU AgCenter. They grow well in Louisiana.
Vegetable and fruit varieties developed at the LSU AgCenter Calhoun Research Station, which was closed in 2011, are being revived.
In February 2021, which is earlier than normal, the first foals were born using a method developed by an LSU AgCenter researcher.
The LSU AgCenter is helping the landscape industry explore better ways to grow plants commercially in media known as soilless substrates.
The Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center was created in 2015 to address the problems of repository development for aquatic species.
An elementary school partnered with the LSU AgCenter to create an indoor playground space as part of the Healthy Communities program.
4-H agents created a unique program of garden seed distribution to help members learn to how to grow vegetables.
When in-person nutrition education classes were halted by the pandemic, LSU AgCenter nutrition experts developed online lessons, despite many obstacles.
LSU AgCenter agents with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program led a surprise “Snack Pack Cooking Class” for students in Sheveport.
The LSU AgCenter through its Healthy Communities program has been working diligently across the state to lower obesity rates and improve quality of life.
LSU AgCenter research explores the use of selected bacteria from waste products to stimulate plant growth instead of costly chemical inputs.
LSU AgCenter researchers are trying to help farmers who grow both soybean and rice to fight aerial blight disease.
Improving the efficacy of seed treatments with active chemical or biological materials could be a more cost-effective way to deliver crop protection.
College launches Career Closet; Internships despite pandemic; Mayan textile artistry on display in museum; McKinley named 2021 outstanding dietitian
4-Hers learn life skills; Two new sugarcane varieties; Conservation, water quality topics for field day; Ag reps meet for rolling field day
The LSU AgCenter's food incubator, established in 2013, has been renamed the Food Innovation Institute, or FOODii for short.
LSU AgCenter plant breeders have dedicated themselves to developing better plant varieties to sustain and grow Louisiana agriculture.
LSU AgCenter plant breeders improve crops to resist disease and pests, adapt to the environment and produce greater amounts of food, fiber and fuel.
Through the LSU AgCenter sweet potato foundation seed program, growers are provided with clean, virus-free seed.
New varieties of sweet potatoes developed, patented and licensed at the LSU AgCenter continue to have commercial success.
The demand for sweet potatoes is increasing worldwide. LSU AgCenter breeders are trying to meet the changing needs with new varieties.
The LSU AgCenter has helped Louisiana soybean producers adapt to major transformations to production through breeding and variety testing here at home.
Farmers in southwest Louisiana knew that if this new venture into rice production was to succeed, it needed research and new varieties.
Combining strategies fundamental to plant breeding, with new technologies such as DNA marker-assisted selection, will lead to future breakthroughs.
The wheat breeding program has made tremendous strides in development of Fusarium head blight resistant varieties over the past decade.
Investment in the AgCenter’s plant breeding programs is born out of necessity. Improved crop varieties provide economic value and stability for agriculture.
The LSU AgCenter wheat and oat breeding program provides regionally adapted, high-yielding varieties that have good disease resistance.
The goal of the LSU AgCenter cotton breeding program is the same as in the late 19th century: high and stable yielding varieties with superior fiber quality.
The effective management of sugarcane diseases during the past 35 years has resulted from providing healthy seed cane to Louisiana producers.
There is a continual need to increase yield and quality among Louisiana crops. Developing new plant varieties is a major focus of the LSU AgCenter.
When plant breeders create new varieties, they contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property to assess commercial success.
The development of new rice varieties is a continuous process and typically takes seven to eight years.