Dr. Trey Price, LSU AgCenter Plant Pathologist, received the Distinguished Service Award at the 49th Annual Southern Soybean Disease Workers Conference in Pensacola, Florida. The award was presented on March 2nd, 2022, to Dr. Price by colleague Dr. Tessie Wilkerson, Assistant Research Professor at Mississippi State University.
Before announcing Dr. Price as the recipient, Dr. Wilkerson read an item written by colleague Dr. Tom Allen, an Extension/Research Professor for Row Crop Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. This included commentary about Dr. Price’s history in the field of plant pathology, his accomplishments in research and extension, and his exceptional character. "Since completing his doctoral research, he has become a well-recognized plant pathologist among his peers and stakeholders in the Mid-South, as well as across the U.S. His applied approach to problem solving and troubleshooting demonstrates he is sensitive to the needs of agents, producers, and consultants,” Allen remarked. He also discussed the impact of Dr. Price’s work on the Cercospora leaf blight. “His insight into Cercospora leaf blight, beginning with his efforts to organize a team to address the disease through identifying resistant cultivars as well as germplasm, has provided valuable insight into a complex disease system that impacts farmers and their bottom line on an annual basis.”
Dr. Price has also engaged in many professional roles in the field of plant pathology. Not only has he served as Vice-President, President-Elect, and President of the American Phytopathological Society (Southern Division), but he has also served as Vice-President, President, and Past President of the Southern Soybean Disease Workers. “In addition, when the need arose to replace the great Loren Giesler as SSDW “funding czar”, he stepped up and met the challenge.” Allen added. “These are only a few examples of his valuable service within his profession.”
Dr. Boyd Padgett also provided additional information about Dr. Price’s reputation in the plant pathology field, as well as his own personal remarks. “As a graduate student he was second to none. All I had to do was get out of his way. His graduate work on fungicide resistance in Cercospora kikuchii populations allowed producers to make better informed fungicide choices, saving them money,” Padgett states. “Bottomline: Trey is an excellent plant pathologist and sets a high standard for us to follow. I am proud to call him my friend.”
The LSU AgCenter could not be more proud to call Dr. Price one of our own, and we want to formally congratulate him for earning this award. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Price for all the good work he has done and will continue to do for the agricultural community of Northeast Louisiana. We would like to summarize Dr. Price’s character and work ethic with the following quote from Dr. Tom Allen: “His passion for plant pathology and conducting applied research to address disease-related issues means he always puts the agents, producers, and consultants first.”