Doyle Chambers Central Research Station is one of the largest research stations in the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station (LAES), located within two miles of the LSU campus. Its mission is service-based, providing land, equipment and personnel to support plant and animal studies conducted by numerous departments in the LSU AgCenter, the LSU campus, and United States Department of Agriculture.
On December 5, 2019 the LSU Board of Supervisors voted and approved the renaming of the LSU AgCenter Central Research Station to the LSU AgCenter Doyle Chambers Central Research Station.
AgCenter renames research station to honor former administrator, Doyle Chambers
About Doyle Chambers:
- Doyle Chambers’ contributions to the LSU AgCenter, research and Louisiana agriculture will live forever.
- Chambers served as director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station for 21 years until he retired in 1985. Vice chancellor was added to his title in 1979.
- Chambers is most remembered for his role in creating the LSU AgCenter as a separate institution with its own administration within the Louisiana State University System. He saw the need for funding funneled straight into research and extension as critical to the future of agriculture in the state.
- His plan proved correct. Though times have continued to be tough and funding always inadequate, the separation actually boosted the visibility and effectiveness of all three branches of the land-grant system – research, extension and teaching.
- His most significant contribution to research is the bringing together of a fragmented operation into one unified experiment station.
- Chambers was among the first experiment station directors to push for more grants and contracts, which ultimately led to the LSU AgCenter’s well-respected and envied intellectual property program, which has been called the “crown jewel” of the LSU System.
- Born March 24, 1918, in Line, Ark., Chambers grew up on a farm
in Morehouse Parish. He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from LSU.
- Earned his master’s degree in animal breeding at LSU
- His Ph.D. in animal science at Oklahoma State University.
- Conducted ground-breaking research on cross-breeding cattle at
Oklahoma State and was named associate director of the Oklahoma Agricultural
- In 1964, he became director of the Louisiana Agricultural
- Chambers many times was quoted as saying that if it were not for
the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, there would be no agriculture in