Friday, September 24, 2021

Eric Webster takes the reins of Wyoming’s Ag Experiment Station

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Eric Webster, the new director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, stands with UW draft horses Pistol and Pete. The Haflinger draft horses promote the experiment station and the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources across the state — photo courtesy University of Wyoming

The new director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station recently joined the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Eric Webster began his duties July 6. He previously was director of the Louisiana State University AgCenter’s Iberia Research Station and assistant regional director of the  AgCenter’s southwest region. Research at the station includes cattle grazing and herd management studies, and row crop research, including wheat, soybeans, sugar cane and rice.

Barbara Rasco, dean of the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, says Webster will be a great addition to the college administration team.

“His experience in plant biology, crop production and technology transfer will help the college move forward with our initiatives to support Wyoming agriculture and, more specifically, to improve crop and forage production, and control invasive plants across the state,” she says. “We look forward to him leading broad, collegewide initiatives in research and infrastructure improvements across the state.”

The WAES is the college’s research arm, and it also directs research and Extension centers at Laramie, Powell, Sheridan and the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research Center near Lingle. For more information, go to www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn.

Webster’s research has focused on weed control in conventional rice and herbicide-resistant rice. It has become highly visible across the United States and internationally, according to LSU.

The southwest region has 15 parishes (counties) and two research stations, including Iberia, near Jeanerette in southern Louisiana. Webster was named assistant regional director in 2013 and director of the Iberia station in 2015.

He has published more than 570 publications as a senior author or co-author, including 92 journal articles and semi-technical publications; 61 research reports; 56 Extension publications; and 36 press articles.

Webster joined LSU as a weed science assistant professor in 1997. He became an associate professor in 2001 and a full professor in 2005. His teaching duties included plant/herbicide physiology, and weed biology and ecology.

He earned his doctorate in weed science from Mississippi State University. He received his master’s degree in weed science and his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soils, both from Auburn University.

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