Tuesday, October 6

SU Ag Center Research Scientist Walker wins USDA National Innovation Award

Dr. C. R. Walker
Baton Rouge, La. – Dr. C. Reuben Walker, Chair of Agricultural Sciences and Urban Forestry has won an award in recognition of innovation from USDA/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). President Ray Belton was among the first to extend his congratulations to Walker.
“We entered the NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Programs and Projects category.  We won. Southern University Baton Rouge land mass won. It is a win-win for SUBR and SU Ag Center.” said Walker.
Dr. Walker worked conscientiously for years with Bayou Recyclers on Aquaculture Waste (AW) and Burnt Corn Gluten Meal (BCGM) to earn this award. The research is a valuable way to turn these waste or trash materials into treasures (feed and fertilizer). The USDA has recognized their sustainability efforts with a prestigious award.

Dr. Walker will travel to DC on October 22 to receive the USDA’s “Partnership Award for Innovative Programs/Projects” on behalf of the Bayou Recyclers team.

Walker, who has one patent under his belt, is developing and filing a second patent on “Craw-Jag,” an electrical drying apparatus for aquaculture waste - crawfish, crab, and shrimp. 

“Agriculture is a national treasure, and a great pillar and foundation that we should build upon.”

Congratulations, Dr. Walker!


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