La. Agricultural Consultants Association awards 3 scholarships

Tobie Blanchard, Bogren, Richard C.

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Caption: LSU College of Agriculture graduate students Mary Helen Ferguson (left) and Alejandra Jimenez Madrid each received a scholarship from the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association. (Photo provided by Melanie Lewis Ivey)

(02/24/16) BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association awarded scholarships to one undergraduate and two graduate students at its annual meeting on Feb. 18 in Marksville.

Scholarship recipients were Kody Beavers, an undergraduate student majoring in agricultural business at Louisiana Tech University; Alejandra Jimenez Madrid, a graduate student in plant pathology and crop physiology in the LSU College of Agriculture; and Mary Helen Ferguson, also a graduate student in plant pathology and crop physiology in the LSU College of Agriculture.

The recipients were recognized for academic achievements and performance in agriculture studies and each received $2,000. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Young, Rice Tec and Crop Production Services funded the undergraduate scholarship. Pest Management Enterprises LLC and Louisiana Land Bank, ACA funded the graduate scholarships.

Beavers is from Franklin Parish and plans to pursue a master’s degree at LSU in agricultural economics in the fall. He holds a Louisiana Private Applicators License and wants to become a certified agricultural consultant after finishing his advanced degree.

Madrid is from Yoro, Honduras, and is working on her master’s degree. Her research includes identifying sources of bacterial wilt resistance to Ralstonia in Louisiana soils. This disease results in severe economic losses in tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.

Ferguson is from Bogalusa and is pursuing her doctorate. Her research is focused on the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa in rabbiteye blueberries. She is active in the Graduate Student Association at LSU, the American Pathological Society and the Plant Sciences Journal Club and has been a student representative to the APS Southern Division Executive Board. She is also a reviewer for the scientific journal Plant Disease.

2/24/2016 7:59:59 PM
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