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New Rice Named After Former LSUA Chancellor Rouse Caffey

Released: 02/14/2011

A new variety of rice developed by the LSU AgCenter has been named after Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, a former chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and LSU Alexandria.

Caffey rice, a medium-grain variety, has been in development since 1999 by Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter regional director and rice breeder. It took 11 generations to produce the new rice from a lineage that includes medium-grain Bengal, Mercury and Rico 1. “This (new) variety is the one I’m most proud of,” Linscombe said. “We get to honor someone who made an important impact on the rice industry and LSU.”

Caffey, an internationally known rice expert, was Rice Research Station director from 1962 until 1970 prior to heading the LSU AgCenter. He was LSUA’s fifth chancellor from 1981 through 1984 and served as interim chancellor for nearly a year starting in 2007.

Linscombe said Caffey rice “has the boldest grain of any medium grain we have released from the station. We think this is going to be an outstanding variety.”

Caffey, who lives in Alexandria, was honored at the Rice Research Station in Crowley.