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Dr. Panicker delivered lecture at USDA/ARS southeast regional headquarters

Dr. Girish K.S. Panicker, associate professor and director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University, has recently received a letter of appreciation from C. Wayne Honeycutt, who is the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology at the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service in Washington, D.C. In his letter, Dr. Honeycutt thanked Panicker for his valuable research and the presentation, “Conservation Research on Horticultural Crops for Erosion Prediction, Nutrient Management, and Conservation Planning,” delivered in July 2015 at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) southeast regional headquarters in Stoneville, Mississippi.

The southeast area is one of five research areas within ARS with over 1,700 full-time personnel, including 485 scientists and engineers working at 27 research locations and four worksites. The southeast area states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

“The Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn has the largest C-factor (cover and management) databank on horticultural crops with more than 130,000 readings on 37 horticultural crops,” Panicker said.

The information generated in collaboration with USDA-NRCS and USDA-ARS is used globally for erosion prediction models, including Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE), Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP), and Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) developed by the USDA-ARS and NRCS.

“The Center is deeply involved in conservation research on several horticultural crops for nutrient management, conservation planning, organic and no-till production, fruit and water quality, residue management, and outreach programs,” Panicker said.

For more information about the Center for Conservation Research, contact Panicker at 601-877-6598 or paniker@alcorn.edu.