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If there is one thing I know about Louisiana’s agricultural
community, it is that we are resilient. This year alone we have had to contend
with a pandemic, economic hardships and storms. As many of our daily routines paused
earlier this year, the business of agriculture never stopped, and neither did
the work of the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture.
Bill Richardson, LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean, LSU College of Agriculture
She works in fashion. He works in medicine. The couple’s collective skills married together helped create a supply chain to get Ochsner employees the protective gear they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LSU College of Agriculture and Ogden Honors alumnus Jacob Landry is perhaps best known as the founder of Urban South. But after winning a bid to produce hand sanitizer for the State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, he’s also known as an entrepreneur, showing how companies can retool during a global pandemic.
Face masks, along with social distancing, are among the best defenses against contracting and spreading COVID-19. Donna Sapp an instructor for the Department of Textile, Apparel Design & Merchandising, is doing her part to help.
June of 2020 marked one year since Grace Chetta launched her clothing brand, Gretta Garments. Chetta graduated in 2016 with a degree in Textiles, Apparel Design & Merchandising.
COVID-19 safety measures have dramatically altered traditional ways of delivering educational information to children. LSU AgCenter Louisiana 4-H Youth Development has adapted its methods of service to fit into 4-H members’ current schoolhouses: their homes.
The children of Charles E. and Rose Ashy Broussard, of Vermilion Parish, have created an endowment to support an internship. The internship has been supported widely through contributions and funding by many friends and business associates of the Broussard family, for which the family is grateful.
Tracy Evans has been named senior director of development for the LSU AgCenter, the College of Agriculture and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Sugarcane and the Gay family are intertwined with the landscape of south Louisiana. Since the 1850s, the family has farmed the area, with sugarcane being the dominant crop. In order to keep this industry viable, the Gay family is endowing a second professorship and creating an internship for work in sugarcane variety development.
Sugarcane fields dot the landscape of Assumption Parish. For 140 years, the company formed by the Dugas and LeBlanc families has been farming some of those fields and processing the sugar retrieved from them.
Cocktails and Cuisine
The LSU College of Agriculture held its sixth annual scholarship benefit, Cocktails and Cuisine, at the Baton Rouge Gallery on Oct. 11, 2019. More than 100 people attended the fundraiser. Guests enjoyed musical entertainment from Continuum Music as well as a silent auction. The event raised approximately $10,000.
The Gulf South Chapter of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is endowing a scholarship in the LSU College of Agriculture.
Ray Schneider, who died in October of 2019, was a distinguished plant pathologist with the LSU AgCenter and a professor committed to seeing his students thrive. Schneider’s wife and their children are honoring his memory by endowing the Ray Schneider Memorial Scholarship, which is aimed at helping graduate students at LSU studying plant pathology and crop physiology.
LSU College of Agriculture was saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus Donald “Don” E. Welge in April 2020. Welge was a passionate supporter of the LSU College of Agriculture, having majored in agricultural economics.
Supporter Spotlight: Mosaic
Through continued support of The Mosaic Company, the jewel that is the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden shines even brighter. The Mosaic Boardwalk at Black Swamp guides visitors through a hardwood swamp and plays a key role in wetlands education. Mosaic is also supporting a new welcome center at Burden Museum and Gardens.
The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a total of $50,000 a year for three years from Nutrien, a Canadian fertilizer company with operations in Geismar.
Michael Salassi has been named as LSU AgCenter associate vice president and program leader of animal and plant sciences.
Ask any LSU football fan what makes up a Tiger and answers might include passion, determination and hard work. But one LSU student is conducting research on what truly makes up a tiger.
Elizabeth Sicard was named the Gerald and Norma Dill Outstanding Senior in the LSU College of Agriculture, while Brooke Comeaux received the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award.
The Agriculture Student Association (ASA) serves the College of Agriculture by collaborating with the dean’s staff to put on several social and professional events for agricultural students each semester. Advisers include Amanda Martin and Ashley Grant.
The Les Voyageurs continues to be an integral and successful part of the LSU College of Agriculture. Serving as a Les Voyageur is an honor and distinction that sets student leaders apart and provides them with opportunities for professional development and networking opportunities. Advisers are Henry Hebert, Lindsey Kelly and Amanda Martin.
Switching to an online classroom model has forced many faculty to reconsider how they present their materials. Bob Mirabello, instructor in the School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences, says, “It has forced us to be creative in an effort to give students a lab experience as close to reality as possible."
The LSU College of Agriculture comprises 10 departments and schools that house many prestigious faculty and talented students. While 2020 presented many unexpected challenges, our faculty and students continued to achieve excellence. Many attended conferences and events remotely and continued to function as teams from a distance.
The LSU College of Agriculture Stakeholder Summit plays an essential role in keeping stakeholders informed on the college's current outlook and climate. This year the stakeholder summit held vital importance as the LSU College of Agriculture intended to unveil its newest strategic plan.
Dr. José Arce, a veterinarian, is the first Puerto Rican and the first LSU graduate to be named president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Arce will serve his term as president-elect during 2020-2021.
The LSU College of Agriculture has named Rogers Leonard and David Wilson as outstanding alumni for 2020. Marshall Hardwick received the early career alumni award.