Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, has been named to the newly created Farm Bill Implementation Assistance Committee.

He is one of 11 agricultural leaders across the country, and the only person from Louisiana, named to this committee, which will recommend policies for enactment of the new federal farm bill.

Coreil’s special concerns are assuring stability of USDA capacity funding for the LSU AgCenter and getting funds to help the development of the specialty crop industry in Louisiana.

This is the first time the farm bill has included provisions for specialty crops — pecans, sweet potatoes, citrus and horticulture, among others — all part of Louisiana’s diverse agricultural industry.