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Dr. Panicker Elected as Board Member for Southern Cover Crop Council

In 1980, Dr. Girish K.S. Panicker set out to pursue a career in agriculture. Since then, he has flourished in his profession, becoming a world-renowned agricultural scientist. Currently, Panicker serves as associate professor and director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn, a position he has held since 1999.

Last month, Panicker was elected to serve as a board member for the Southern Cover Crop Council (SCCC). The SCCC's mission is to facilitate and enhance communication and collaboration among producers, extension personnel, researchers, and other agricultural professionals, in addition to transferring information and technology to promote the successful adoption and integration of cover crops into southern agriculture systems.

During his three-year term, Panicker will be responsible for increasing cover crop use through collaborative education and research, as well as contributing to the agricultural wellness of the U.S. Southern region. “This is a great way to recognize the outstanding conservation research conducted here at Alcorn,” said Panicker. “This position will help me utilize the invaluable information we’ve generated within the last three decades for the benefits of universities and farming communities to prevent climate change and protect our Mother Earth.”

A distinguished scientist, he credits one of his greatest accomplishments as receiving the Pride of India award from his home country, which recognized him for his many accomplishments both within and outside of the nation.

In the future, Panicker, who is already deeply involved in collaborating with both national and international organizations, plans to continue his collaborative research programs to keep the earth and all of its inhabitants healthy.

For more information, contact Panicker at 601.877.6598 or To learn more about the Southern Cover Crop Council, visit

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