The Premier College Destination for Agriculture and Forestry in Louisiana

The School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry features the most comprehensive education programs in agriculture and forestry in north Louisiana. SASF faculty and staff are highly qualified and are committed to working closely with students in designing degree programs that meet career objectives. We are dedicated to preparing our students so that they will make a positive impact on society in the area and region in which they choose to reside after graduation.
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We are excited to welcome Dr. Eric McConnell as the newest member of our faculty! Dr. McConnell joins us as an Assistant Professor of Forest Products. He is a 1997 graduate of the Louisiana Tech Forestry program. He then earned both his MS and PhD in Forest Products from Mississippi State University. Before joining us here at SASF, Dr. McConnell was an assistant professor at Ohio State University and North Carolina State University. Dr. McConnell’s research interests involve economic impacts of the forest products industry, price trend analyses, and surveying production forestry clientele. He will be taking over for retired professor Dr. Mark Gibson and will be teaching the wood products and forest operations classes. Dr. McConnell and his wife, Lynn, are very excited to be joining the Louisiana Tech community and SASF family.
Five seniors from the Louisiana Tech Forestry program attended the 2016 Society of American Foresters Annual Convention, which was held in Madison, Wisconsin, November 2nd – 6th. The students competed against students from other universities in a quiz bowl competition, and also attended several professional seminars that covered a broad range of forestry topics. Pictured above (L-R) are Derrick Moore, Ben Moore, Brady Kumler, Chris Olvey, and Michael McVay.
Over the last six months, South Campus has been getting a facelift. Led by Dr. Heidi Adams, Dr. Paul Jackson, and Mr. Eddie Joe Nelson, teams of students worked hard improving South Campus aesthetics. As a result of this team effort, South Campus is looking better now than it has for years.  We invite you to come visit our campus the next time you are in the area to see for yourself this wonderful part of Louisiana Tech University SASF calls home!
The annual Poinsettia Auction was a great success thanks to many of our wonderful alumni and friends. This event is always a big undertaking as the greenhouse staff closely monitors these plants for months to produce the quality flower color that has become a mainstay of the program. This event helps fund agricultural student scholarships. At this year's auction, which was held  on Nov. 29th, we raised over $25,000 that directly helps our students.
Caitlin Eades, a senior Forestry major, represented our school at the 70th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA.) This conference was held in Baton Rouge, Oct. 16th-19th. While there, Caitlin attended research seminars and met several professionals in the fields of wildlife biology and wildlife habitat management, as well as got to tour an alligator hatchery.
As usual, the College of Applied and Natural Sciences football tailgate was a big success this season, largely in part to the efforts of SASF faculty and staff. In fact, we were recognized with the “Best Food” award and the “Largest Group” award during the Louisiana Tech Homecoming game. We invite you to come visit our tailgate next year to enjoy good food, good friends, and good fun! Go Bulldogs!
Louisiana Tech Equestrian Club Members visited Clear Creek Stud LLC.  On Dec. 3rd, Dr. Laura Gentry and 19 of her Equestrian Club students ventured south to Folsom, Louisiana and attended the Annual  Stallion Showcase at their thoroughbred training and racing facility. The farm shows off their stallions and provides an excellent buffet lunch. Students were able to take a walk through the stallion barns and visited with Mrs. Evelyn Benoit and her four-time Louisiana bred stallion of the year, Star Guitar. The club hopes to return next year.
At this year's Annual Louisiana Forestry Association meeting, several of our students who received scholarships were recognized (pictured below). Thirty-one Forestry program students received scholarships, each at $1,200 for a total of $37,200, from the Louisiana Forestry Association. While at the meeting, the students also attended professional seminars and talked with current professionals in the field. Every year, LFA and its generous members greatly aid in supporting our students' education, ensuring that we will have natural resource stewards for generations to come.
We are very proud to introduce this year's School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry Featured Students! Every year we have the privilege of selecting students that epitomize the very best qualities we expect from our students in each of our major concentrations. This is always a hard decision with the quality of students that we continue to recruit. The students that were selected this year not only represent our top students academically, but they are also very active in student organizations on South Campus. Click on the names to learn more about each of our featured students. Pictured Top, L-R: Goodloe Chilcutt (Wildlife Habitat Management),  Nicholas Goins (Forest Management), Francis Manning (GIS). Pictured Bottom, L-R: Kohl Brandon (Animal Science), Aaron Babers (Agricultural Education), Emily Hartzog (Plant Science), Luke Albritton (Agricultural Business).
SASF hosted two visiting scientists from South Korea on December 16th. Dr. Youngmin Kang, a Senior Researcher of Forest Biotechnology at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, along with his graduate student, Ms. Jieun Choi, had the opportunity to meet several SASF faculty, staff, and students, as well as tour South Campus, Louisiana Tech University, and Ruston. While here, Dr. Kang also gave a seminar on his ongoing research, titled Korean Herbal Medicine Using Biotechnology. Louisiana Tech was the first stop for these two scientists during a tour around the eastern United States during which they will visit other universities and agencies in our country. Their visit to Louisiana Tech was arranged by Dr. Joshua Adams.
The Louisiana Tech Greenhouses are known for producing beautiful poinsettias every year, but over the last two growing seasons, research trials involving poinsettias has been keeping one staff member extra busy. Jake Reichley (Greenhouse Lab Supervisor and graduate research assistant; pictured left) is currently finishing up his final year of trials investigating the role fertility and the use of plant growth regulators have on the tendency of poinsettias to "stretch". The stretching of the branches (i.e., increasing distance between internodes) on branches can lead to increased stem and branch breakage. The objective of the research is to see if a specific fertilizer regime can be used to reduce stretch without the additional application of plant growth regulators.
A team of Forestry faculty are leading a project to test several newly developed fertilizer treatments on seedlings, saplings, and mature trees. This project, which is led by Dr. Joshua Adams, Dr. Curtis VanderSchaaf, and Mr. Wes Palmer, is being funded by TreeNutri and  involves traditional tree measurement as well as cutting edge physiological studies and drone visualization. Over the next few years, this project will be conducted on campus and may have sustainable implications to tree and nursery management throughout the country.
Dr. Heidi Adams traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. At this meeting, which was held Nov. 10th-13th, Dr. Adams presented preliminary results of an ongoing study being conducted along with Dr. Joshua Adams and several undergraduates. Dr. Adams also served as the Louisiana Tech University delegate, encouraging high school students in attendance at the meeting to consider Louisiana Tech as their college destination!
Dr. Paul Jackson just completed the 2nd year of a four-year project investigating the hybridization potential of longleaf pine seedlings. Trials have involved evaluations of seedling quality and stem elongation between seed types and root growth potential in hydroponics. Pictured above is sophomore Forestry major Zachary Stackhouse, a student worker on the project, measuring the root collar diameter of seedlings before placing them in hydroponics.
An interdepartmental collaboration between faculty members in SASF and the School of Biological Sciences are investigating the use of an all-natural wood product as a pest repellent. Dr. Joshua Adams, Dr. Ashley Keith, Dr. Paul Jackson, and Dr. Gordon Holley (SASF), as well as Dr. Natalie Clay (Biological Sciences) are working on this study with the assistance of a private investor. Several students in both schools are also working on the project. Pictured below, graduate student Robert Hane and senior Forestry major Ashton Cruse are sifting through cattle feed to harvest weevils for testing.
Louisiana Tech University hosted the Biennial Western Gulf Silvicultural Technology Exchange in Shreveport on December 8th. Approximately 100 attendees from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi came to the event to learn about new silvicultural strategies for increased productivity and newly developed tools that will aid in resource assessment and the management decision process. The core leadership team that planned and organized the event were Dr. Michael A. Blazier (Louisiana State University Ag Center), Dr. Gordon Holley (Louisiana Tech SASF), and Dr. Eric Taylor (Texas A&M Forest Service).
The student trip to the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin was sponsored by a generous donation from Forestry alumnus Mr. Tim Holland. Mr. Holland was last year’s chairman of the Louisiana SAF and managed this past year's Louisiana Tree Farm of the Year. Thank you, Mr. Holland, for supporting our students in their professional development!
John Warner ('86 Alum in Forestry Business), Urban District Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, received the 2016 Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence Partnership Award from Texas A&M AgriLife and received the 2016 Joseph Ewing, MD Award for his service to the underserved population of Montgomery County. Mr. Warner was part of a multi-agency team of Green Ambassadors that helped local youth in planting and growing urban and community forests and address local issues including access to fresh, healthy foods and ameliorating heat islands and flooding effects of in the Houston area. Mr. Warner and his team members went directly to the elementary and middle schools, local neighborhoods and parks to share information on how to take care of the environment with conservation messages.
Dr. William Green was recently featured in the Winter Edition of "Auburn Veterinarian", the official publication of the Auburn University Veterinary School. Dr. Green is one of more than 6400 graduates of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and was recognized for his achievements including being named the Director of the Louisiana Tech School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry and the author of a recently published book entitled "Doc, Did I Wake You Up?". Dr. Green is pictured above second to right, with (from left to right) Dr. Murphey (Agricultural Sciences Academic Unit Head), Dr. Strain (Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture) and Dr. Kennedy (Dean of Applied and Natural Sciences)  at the annual livestock sell.
Agricultural Sciences Alumnus Mr. Aaron Beaubouef led his high school FFA team from Natchitoches Central to a national championship at the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE)! They are first Louisiana team ever to be National Champions in a FFA CDE! The winning team (L-R) are Bradely Scott (2nd individually), Preston Tibbett (overall high point individual), Brooklyn Hampton (7th individually), and Dylan Daniels (4th individually). This team won the state title at the State Agronomy CDE held on Louisiana Tech's South Campus this past spring. On Jan. 7th, 2017 the team, advisors, and families spent time on campus, were honored on South Campus with a dinner, and then taken to a basketball game. They were even able to hangout court side and greet the team and visit with President Guice. We are extremely proud of their accomplishment and hope to see these students in our classes in the future!
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As the School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry continues to grow and progress, we need your participation and support for scholarship funding. Your gift, large or small, will allow us to continue the focus on our students (such as the ones pictured), spending private dollars in a way that most benefits them. Our goal is to continue to recruit highly talented students and rewards them with scholarships. This is critically important today more than ever with the uncertainty of the state TOPS program.
Our GIS program is consistently a point of pride for the University. In fact, it has been featured in university-wide recruiting videos and the 2016 Tech Report. However, keeping the program up to date with current equipment and software is critical as we grow this program to meet the future needs of the workforce. Every year, GIS software costs $25,000 in renewal fees. Contributions like this are critical to producing competitive future alumni in the job market.
Last year, the School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry and Louisiana Tech Athletics hosted an FFA night at the Davison Athletic Complex. In response to this successful event, we are already planning the 2nd Annual FFA Night and are finding new ways to make it even better. Events such as these, however, are made possible through the support of our generous alumni. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know.
The Lomax Hall Auditorium is one of the most highly used rooms within the College of Applied and Natural Sciences. It is used most frequently as a lecture hall within the School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, but also serves as a meeting room for ANS faculty and staff, and a special events room that often hosts members of the public for seminars and educational events. The auditorium, however, is in need of a renovation as the floor, walls, and seating area are all showing signs of wear from years of use. A donation to support the renovation of this room will help keep South Campus a prominent meeting site for our college and the public, as well as give our students a more comfortable learning atmosphere. For more information about giving to this project or our other needs, please contact our School's Director of Development Penny Humphries at (318) 245-2013 or (318) 257-5479.
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Penny Humphries
Director of Development
School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry
(318) 245-2013 or (318) 257-5479
This past year has been an exceptional year in the School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, due to no small part of the loyal support from our amazing alumni and friends. Thank you! We're excited about our future and look forward to staying connected by keeping you informed with the latest news and activities as we continue to grow. We welcome and encourage feedback from you.

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