Oral history; interview with Dr. David Laughlin, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, April 18, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Laughlin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mississippi State from 1969 through 1977, and his PhD from Texas A&M University, graduating in 1980, and returning to MSU. He has been an MSU faculty member since his return in 1980 until his retirement in 2006. He has served as a Researcher for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and also as Coordinator for the USDA-funded Advanced Spatial Technologies in Agriculture Project. During his work with MAFES he conducted many research projects, often based on client requests for more productive farming. He also authored and co-authored many MAFES Information Bulletins. Laughlin has also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association. In this interview, he discusses the history of computer work and communication in the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building, and the faculty who made the building a special place to be.
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