Kiki Fontenot and Ed Bush
LSU AgCenter horticulturists Kiki Fontenot and Ed Bush have established a community garden for students at the Hill Farm Teaching Facility and University Gardens, located across from the Lod Cook Alumni Center. About 40 students have participated so far, and Fontenot expects to expand the project and involve more students and faculty. Annabelle Lang
Quiz bowl team members Colt Hardee, Erin Matherne, Michael Younis, Janie Chapin, Westin Cobb and Mimi Rivette.
Victory was twice as sweet for the College of Agriculture students who competed in the 2021 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) academic quiz bowl, in which students test their knowledge of agricultural economics, marketing and management. Two LSU quiz bowl teams competed in the national quiz bowl competition in Austin, Texas, and they placed first and second, which almost never happens said Jerrod Penn, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, who has coached the LSU quiz bowl teams since 2019. On LSU team one was Colt Hardee, Erin Matherne and Michael Younis. Team two members were Janie Chapin, Westin Cobb and Mimi Rivette. LSU team one was named the overall winner of the competition. Annabelle Lang
The LSU College of Agriculture has named Allen Rutherford executive associate dean. Rutherford has previously served as director of the college’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, interim associate dean in the College of Agriculture, interim department head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, interim director of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. A professor of fish ecology, Rutherford has been with LSU for more than 36 years.
He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Baylor University and a doctorate in zoology from Oklahoma State University. Phil Elzer, director of the School of Animal Sciences, will serve as the interim director of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Annabelle Lang
Kristin Stair, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation, was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Stair was presented the award at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo, in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 29, 2021. All recipients receive a plaque and medal, and their names are permanently recorded as recipients of the honor. Mallory Uzee
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