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Dr. Michael E. Salassi
Professor, LSU Agricultural Center

Michael Salassi is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in the LSU Agricultural Center, serving since 1994.

He has a 10% teaching appointment with the LSU A&M campus, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in quantitative business decision analysis. The remaining 90% of his academic appointment is with the LSU Agricultural Center where he conducts research and extension activities in crop production economics and farm business management.

He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University. Prior to returning to LSU, Dr. Salassi worked with USDA’s Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.

His research focuses specifically on the economics of rice and sugar production in Louisiana. He has worked closely with various sectors of those industries in evaluating the economic impacts of issues relating to farm management, crop production and marketing, environmental regulations, commodity market structure and performance, and domestic farm policy. In addition, he is also involved in evaluating the economic feasibility of utilizing alternative feedstocks to produce ethanol and other biofuels in Louisiana.

His many awards include the LSU AgCenter Nelson Fairbanks Endowed Professorship and the Administrator’s Honor Award from USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Salassi is married to Brenda Salassi, who serves as the Coordinator of the Law Clinic within the LSU Law School. They have a daughter Lauren, who is majoring in Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, and a son Preston, who will be a senior at Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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