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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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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square 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 the station websites for schedules.



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