R. Larry Rogers is returning to his family farm in Mississippi after retiring from his post as LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research.
Rogers, who officially retired March 1 and is moving back to Prentiss, Miss., had been with the LSU AgCenter nearly 35 years — including 20 years as resident director of the Northeast Research Station at St. Joseph, La., and approximately six years as a vice chancellor for the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, La.
“Larry made a big impact on agriculture in this region — and all over the state,” said Ray Young, a farmer and agricultural consultant from Wisner, La. “He believed in research that was relevant. Agriculture would have been on the wane without him.”
While at the Northeast Research Station, which includes sites at both St. Joseph and Winnsboro, La., and serves an 11-parish area that encompasses two of the major agricultural regions in Louisiana, Rogers increased the number of senior research faculty from four to eight, increased the research staffs and added new facilities. Research projects also were expanded to include most aspects of row crop production and forages during his tenure there from 1974 through 1994.
“One of his strengths was selecting top quality people to work for him,” said Carter Webb, a farmer from Tensas Parish who raises cotton, soybeans and grain sorghum. “No one at the station was ever too busy for a farmer who came by with a problem and needed advice.”
Rogers attended Hinds Junior College and Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1964.
Then after receiving his doctoral degree from Auburn University in plant pathology and weed science in 1967, he joined LSU as an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1976. His research focused on soybean weed control research.
From 1988 until 1991, Rogers' duties were expanded to include the Sweet Potato Research Station at Chase, La.
“He was always looking after the interests of the Louisiana farmer,” said Jack Dailey, a farmer from Franklin Parish who raises primarily cotton and also corn, soybeans and grain sorghum. “As difficult as it is today to farm, it would be much more difficult without the research of the experiment station.”
In 1995, Rogers moved to Baton Rouge to become the LSU AgCenter's vice chancellor for administration. In 1996, he was named vice chancellor for research and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
“His expertise, administrative ability and dedication to agriculture helped redirect research resources to effectively and efficiently meet the changing needs of the state's producers,” said William B. “Bill” Richardson, chancellor of the LSU AgCenter.
William H. Brown, formerly associate director and associate vice chancellor for the LSU AgCenter, has replaced Rogers as the AgCenter's vice chancellor for research.