Don Groth, Ph.D., plant pathologist and resident research coordinator of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, is the first recipient of an endowed chair to enhance research efforts at the rice station
through a $500,000 investment from the Louisiana Rice Research Board.
Those funds bring the total funding set aside by the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, which must be designated for rice research in Louisiana, to $1.5 million. “Research funding on all levels is decreasing across agriculture,” says Groth. “Funds for the chair will provide a significant boost to research at the rice station.”
Interest generated by the account will be used to fund the endowed chair. “It took years of hard work by a lot of dedicated people to get this chair established,” says Groth.
Groth earned a Ph.D., in plant pathology from Iowa State University in 1983, and specializes in rice disease research and was named Conservation Systems Rice Researcher of the Year at the 2017 National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.