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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ARS 50th Anniversary Celebration

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50th Anniversary

National Scientific Leadership Meeting and
Annual Recognition Program

Proud Past and Promising Future
January 21-23, 2004
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Edgar King





Edgar KingDr. Edgar G. King is the Area Director of the 5-state Mid South Area of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The Mid South Area Office is headquartered in Stoneville, MS, as part of the Agriculture Research Service's Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center. Prior to this assignment, Dr. King was the Associate Area Director for the Mid South Area from January 1998 to February 2001. The previous 10 years of his Agricultural Research Service career was spent as Director of the Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center in the town of Weslaco, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Before going to Texas, Dr. King served as a scientist, Research Leader, and Laboratory Director in the Southern Insect Management Research Laboratory at Stoneville, beginning in 1972.

The Mid South Area is one of eight areas in the Agricultural Research Service. It includes nine research program sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. All major agricultural commodities of the mid-south U.S. are researched by Mid South Area scientists including cotton, corn, soybean, rice, sugarcane, poultry, and catfish, as well as small fruit such as blueberries and strawberries.

Dr. King is nationally and internationally renowned as an authority in pest management. He was selected as an ARS Outstanding Scientist of the Year in 1993. He has about 250 publications and patents, including the editing of several books on insect rearing, biological control, and the management of cotton insect and mites. As part of his cooperative research and as a consultant, Dr. King has traveled extensively in Far East countries and Mexico.

Dr. King is a native of southwest Louisiana, having spent his boyhood on a dairy farm in Dry Creek, Louisiana. He received his B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and his M.S. and Ph. D. in Entomology and Botany from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.



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