Burns named County Agent of the Year

Bruce Schultz  |  2/15/2019 7:52:30 PM

(02/15/19) MARKSVILLE, La. — LSU AgCenter agent Dennis Burns was honored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association as County Agent of the Year at the organization’s annual conference on Feb. 11-13.

Burns serves Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, and he specializes in agricultural technology, including drones, irrigation and yield maps.

“That’s just a small list of things he is well known for,” said Hank Jones, LACA executive board secretary, who nominated Burns for the award.

Burns earned his bachelor’s degree in ag business from LSU and his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was on a group that won the AgCenter Tipton Team Research Award in 2006 for his work on precision agriculture, and he was named the Precision Ag Researcher of the Year at the 2015 National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.

Also at the LACA conference, six students received $2,000 scholarships. They were:

— Doctoral students Megan Mulcahy, with a scholarship from Louisiana Land Bank, and Jose Mite Caceres, with a scholarship provided by Koch Agronomic Services.

— Master’s degree students Ateet Maharjan, with a scholarship from Ray and Dorothy Young, and Anna Coker with a scholarship from Grady and Barbara Coburn of Pest Management Enterprises.

— Undergraduate students James Noah Harper, with a scholarship from UPL, Arysta LifeScience and Valent USA, and Bryan Ashley, with a scholarship from Belchim Crop Protection.

All the students are attending LSU except Ashley, who is a student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Harper also received the $3,000 Richard L. Jensen Memorial Scholarship funded by the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants Foundation of Environmental and Agriculture Education. He was mentioned by LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson in his talk at the conference as an example of the excellent students being recruited for the LSU College of Agriculture.

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AgCenter agent Dennis Burns, right, receives the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association 2019 County Agent Award during the LACA annual conference in Marksville Feb. 11-13. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

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College students who received $2,000 scholarships from individuals and corporations at the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association were, left to right, Bryan Ashley, Anna Coker, Megan Mulcahy, Jose Mite Caceres, Ateet Maharjan and James Noah Harper. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

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