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Dr. James Spiers Retires As Research Leader

Dr. James Spiers

Dr. James (Jim) Spiers retired as research leader of the Southern Horticultural Research Laboratory on January 1, 2011. He retired after over 41 years of service in the Agricultural Research Service.

Jim began his career in 1969 with tung nut tree research, and in 1970 began research on blueberries. In 1987 he founded the Southern Region Blueberry Worker's group and served as chair of the group for 14 years.

He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific articles and more than 100 abstracts. In 2003 Jim was chosed as the Mid South Area Senior Research Scientist of the Year for research and transfer of technology leading to establishment of a thriving blueberry industry in the southern United States.

The sucess of the Unit's research under Jim's leadership led Gulf Coast horticultural grower groups to request the U.S. Congress to provide for expanded facilities at the Poplarville location, and in 2005, the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Research Unit was opened.

Please join all of us at ARS in congratulating Dr. Spiers on an outstanding career and wishing him an enjoyable retirement.