Atticus Finger is the newest member of the American Sugar Cane League's agronomy team. Hired on May 1, 2015, Finger is in charge of seed increase stations in the Teche and northern regions. He is also working in League research activities including new variety outfield testing, cultural practices and pathology tests,
billet planting and whole stalk planter tests and other research activities
throughout the region.
Finger grew up in Labadieville and is no stranger
to the Louisiana sugarcane industry. His father, Chris Finger, worked in the
variety program with Dr. Ben Legendre at the USDA Sugarcane Research station in
Houma and still works as a crop consultant for several growers in the region.
Sugarcane related issues are regular topics of conversation around the Finger household. He graduated from Assumption High School and then completed a double
major earning a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and a B.S.F. in Forestry from
Louisiana Tech University in 2009. Finger is currently pursuing a Masterís degree
in Environmental Sciences and Agronomy at LSU and is scheduled to complete his
degree in December 2015. For the past two years he has worked as a research technician
for Dr. Anna Hale at Houma's USDA Sugarcane Research station. He has been
integrally involved in the basic breeding program and understands the
importance of sugarcane variety development.