LSU AgCenter News for Winter 2020

Qinglin Wu named Gordon D. Cain chair

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Qinglin Wu, a researcher in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, has been named the Gordon D. Cain Endowed Chair of Agriculture. Wu’s research focuses on wood and natural fiber polymer composites, and he has received three U.S. patents. Gordon D. Cain was a county agent in northeast Louisiana, beginning in the 1920s. One of his many achievements was helping bring electricity to the farm at a time when rural people were suspicious of “new technology” and “book farmers.” The endowment was established in 1988 in memory of Cain’s children. Photo by Olivia McClure

Dan Fromme named cotton specialist of the year

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Cotton specialists from across the country have named Dan Fromme the Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year, an award sponsored by BASF. Fromme, who holds the Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Pine Land Co. Endowed Professorship in Cotton Production or Genetics in the LSU AgCenter, was recognized at the Beltwide Cotton Conference on Jan. 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Fromme serves as a cotton, corn and grain sorghum specialist at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria. Photo by Olivia McClure

CDC study shows Louisiana adult inactivity level reaches 30%

Maps released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Louisiana is one of seven states with the highest prevalence of physical inactivity among adults. More than 15% of adults in every state are inactive, but in Louisiana that number jumps to 30%.

The LSU AgCenter is working to address physical inactivity in the state through the Healthy Communities initiative.

“We might, for example, help a community work on making existing park facilities more attractive, help make a downtown more walkable or create physical activity through painted play spaces,” said Denise Holston, an AgCenter nutrition specialist and registered dietitian, who is leading the program across the state to address nutrition and physical activity in Louisiana.. “We know that every community is different, so the type of work that we do is decided by local community members.”

Small adjustments such as adding crosswalks on streets or better lighting on walking paths help to improve access to physical activity opportunities. Tobie Blanchard

Read the full story about the CDC study measuring the activity of adults in Louisiana.

Gregory Kincaid receives Outstanding Master Farmer Award

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Franklin Parish farmer Gregory Kincaid, center, was presented the Outstanding Master Farmer Award at a meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts in Baton Rouge in January 2020. Pictured from left are Michael Salassi, LSU AgCenter associate vice president; Steve Austin, of the Louisiana Land Bank; Kincaid; Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; and Chad Kacir, Louisiana state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Photo by Olivia McClure

New technology can help farmers save money

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LSU AgCenter engineer Randy Price, far right, answers questions about drones during a digital agriculture conference at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria in January 2020. Other speakers included Dennis Burns, Tensas Parish AgCenter agent, who talked about using technology to cut irrigation costs; Keith Dugas, Assumption Parish sugarcane farmer who uses AgCenter research-based technology to save money on nitrogen fertilizer costs; and Luciano Shiratsuchi, AgCenter precision agriculture specialist, who is testing new technologies on farms across the state. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Read the full story about the AgCenter technology conference in Alexandria.

Three new specialists serve Louisiana farmers, ranchers

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Ashley Keith Edwards

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David O. Moseley
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Rasel Parvej

Three new specialists have joined the LSU AgCenter. Ashley Keith Edwards is an extension agent and coordinator for regional animal science programs with offices in the Central, Northwest and Northeast regions. David O. Mosely is the state soybean specialist based at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria. Rasel Parvej has joined the Northeast Region faculty in Winnsboro as a soil fertility and agronomy specialist with statewide responsibilities in row crop soil fertility.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Edwards supports programming across a broad spectrum of animal science-related areas, including commercial operations, small herds and 4-H livestock activities. Before joining the AgCenter, Edwards served as assistant professor of animal sciences at Louisiana Tech University.

Moseley’s major projects will involve working with other AgCenter researchers and agents to facilitate on-station research and on-farm variety performance trials and collaborating with experts in disease, pest and weed management.

A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Arkansas, Moseley is a former production research scientist with Monsanto/Bayer in Nebraska and a University of Arkansas extension agent with agriculture and 4-H youth development responsibilities.

A native of Bangladesh, Parvej has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He earned a doctorate in soil fertility and nutrient management from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and has done post-doctoral work at Virginia Tech and Iowa State University. Karol Osborne
3/12/2020 3:27:26 PM
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