Dr. Richard L Parish PhD, PE

Richard L. Parish, PE, LLC

21135 Highway 16
Amite LA, 70422

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Agricultural engineer with experience in agricultural, lawn/garden, and grounds maintenance equipment including patents, product safety, product performance, advertising, and equipment design.  PhD + 40+ years experience in agricultural/horticultural engineering as consultant, university professor, and manager of engineering department in industry. Experience with a wide variety of agricultural equipment, lawn/garden equipment, and grounds maintenance equipment. Experience has included design, engineering management, teaching, research, extension, and forensic consulting.

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PhD + 40+ years experience in agricultural/horticultural engineering as consultant, university professor, and manager of engineering department in industry. Experience with a wide variety of agricultural equipment, lawn/garden equipment, and grounds maintenance equipment. Experience has included design, engineering management, teaching, research, extension, and forensic consulting.

  • Expert witness and consulting experience in agricultural/horticultural engineering. Cases have dealt with personal injury, wrongful death, product safety, product performance, patents, and advertising claims involving agricultural equipment, lawn/garden equipment, grounds maintenance equipment, granular application, and forestry safety.
  • Have taught all levels of Agricultural Machine Design from freshman to graduate level. Have also taught Agricultural Chemical Application, Farm Equipment Dealership Management and Farm Machinery.
  • Research in agricultural field equipment (cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, hay, etc.); horticultural equipment (vegetables, turfgrass, nursery crops, grounds maintenance, lawn/garden); application equipment (strong experience in granular application technology), and cultural practices (agronomic and horticultural crops).
  • Over 110 refereed journal articles and several hundred other papers and extension articles.
  • Member of American Society of Agricultural Engineers (have chaired several technical committees) and American Society for Horticultural Science.


Current Positions:

Louisiana State University, Professor Emeritus, 2008 – Present

Richard L. Parish, PE, LLC, Consultant, 1984 – Present

  • Forensic engineering and litigation assistance in cases involving personal injury, product liability, wrongful death, product design and performance, advertising claims, patents, and trade dress infringement in agricultural equipment, lawn and garden equipment, grounds maintenance equipment, forestry equipment, etc. 
  • Design, development, and testing activities including fertilizer spreaders, cultivators, and toolbars.


Professional Experience:

LSU Coastal Area Research Station             

  • Resident Coordinator              
  • 2005 - 2008

Louisiana State University                              

  • Professor                                 
  • 1988 - 2008

LSU Sweet Potato Research Station             

  • Resident Director                    
  • 1991 - 1992

Louisiana State University                              

  • Associate Professor                 
  • 1983 - 1988   

O.M. Scott and Sons Company                       

  • Manager, Mech. R&D             
  • 1974 - 1983   

University of Arkansas                                      

  • Associate Professor                 
  • 1973 - 1974   

University of Arkansas                                      

  • Assistant Professor                   
  • 1969 - 1973   

University of Missouri                                        

  • NSF Fellow                             
  • 1967 - 1969

Hesston Corporation                                        

  • Engineer                                 
  • Summer 1967

Independent consulting projects concurrent with employment by Louisiana State University and the University of Arkansas.



  • University of Missouri        BSAE    1/1967
  • University of Missouri        MSAE   1/1968
  • University of Missouri        PhD      1/1970



  • Registered Professional Engineer (Ohio -- #E-040521)


  • Engineering for commercial landscape and consumer horticulture
  • Production engineering for horticultural crops
  • Cultural practices and mechanization for commercial horticultural crops
  • Mechanization, cultural practices, and operating safety for commercial horticultural crops
  • Fertilizer and chemical application
  • Marshgrass transplanting
  • Sugarcane mechanization
  • Christmas tree mechanization
  • Crawfish harvesting
  • Minimum tillage



  • Managed Mechanical Research and Development Department.
  • Responsible for all research, design, development, testing, and technical service for a product line with annual sales of up to $10,000,000.
  • Provided mechanical engineering technical services for entire company.
  • Responsible for development of mechanical products for subsidiary company, W. Atlee Burpee.
  • Served as Project Manager for startup of new spreader manufacturing plant.



  • Development of a cultural system for narrow-row cotton
  • Seedcotton handling                                                  



  • Doyle Chambers Award for Excellence in Research (LSU AgCenter, 2001)
  • ITT Quality Award (presented to an average of one employee in 1500, worldwide) -- presented in recognition of work as project manager for startup of a new mechanical manufacturing facility.
  • O.M. Scott Research Directors' Award -- presented in recognition of work as project manager for startup of a new mechanical manufacturing facility.
  • O.M. Scott Patent Awards (2)
  • NSF Fellowship -- support for graduate study at the University of Missouri.
  • Eagle Scout

Listed in:         

  • Who's Who in the World
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • Men of Achievement
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who's Who in Technology
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals



  • Consulting Editor (Machinery) - Journal of Vegetable Crop Production (1992-present)
  • Associate Editor (Vegetable and fruit production engineering) - Transactions of ASAE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture (1998-2003)
  • Agricultural Development Foundation, Ltd. (an organization that supports agricultural missionaries), Board of Directors (1992-present), Vice President (1998-2000), Secretary (2005-present)
  • Engineering Ministries International (a national organization that provides design services to missionaries) - participated in 10-day design project in Nicaragua, 2002.
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) – Committees
    • Program Committee, E-1 (1986-1987)
    • Agricultural Safety Committee, T-2 (1992-1994)
    • Ergonomics, Safety, and Health Committee, ESH-01 (Formerly T-15) (1994-2015)
    • Standards Approval Subcommittee, ESH-03 (formerly T-15/3) (review new and revised ASAE standards for safety content) (1994-2015)
    • Power and Machinery Division Steering Committee, PM‑02 (1983‑1984, 1985‑1987, 1994-1995, 1999-2001)
    • Power and Machinery Division Publications Committee, PM-04 (1998-2003)
    • Power and Machinery Division Technical Coordinating Committee, PM‑06 (1982‑1983, 1994-1995)
    • Power and Machinery Division Program Committee, PM‑07 (1981‑1982, 1984‑1987, 1989-1991, 1997-1999), Chairman (1986-1987)
    • Application Systems Committee, PM-23/6 (formerly PM‑41) (1975‑1984, 1985‑1988, 1995-2007, 2012-2014), Chairman (1982‑1983), Chairman Fertilizer Appl. Subcommittee (1978‑1980), Chairman, Dry Materials Application Subcommittee, PM-41/3 (1996-2000)
    • Cultural Practices Equipment Committee, PM‑42 (1986‑2000, 2002-2008), Program Chairman (1989-1991), Vice Chairman (1993-1994), Chairman (1994-1995)
    • Specialty Crop Production Engineering Committee, PM‑48 (1985‑1988, 1989-1993, 1996-2013), Vice Chairman (1997-1999), Chairman (1999-2001); liaison to ASHS Production and Harvest Mechanization Working Group (2002-present)
    • Mechanization of Agricultural Research Committee, PM‑54 (1979‑1982)
    • Agricultural Equipment Automation Committee, PM‑58 (1970‑1973)
    • Nursery and Greenhouse Mechanization Committee, PM‑59 (1977‑1984, 1988-1991)
    • Mid‑Central Region, President, Student Branch (1967)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) – Development of ASAE Standard
    • Author of two latest revision of ASAE Standard S341.4, 
      • Procedure for Measuring Distribution Uniformity
      • Calibrating Granular Broadcast Spreaders
      • coauthor of two prior versions.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Louisiana Engineering Society (LES)
  • National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS) (through 2012)
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) (through 2012)
    • Production and Harvest Mechanization Working Group                                              
    • Vegetable Cultural Practices Working Group
    • Ornamental and Turf Working Group
  • Southern Region, American Society for Horticultural Science
    • Chairman, Vegetable Section (1997)
  • Southern Regional Information Exchange Group on Fruit and Vegetable Mechanization,
    • Vice Chairman (1989-1990), Chairman (1990-1991)
  • Louisiana Vegetable Growers Association
  • Louisiana Turfgrass Association
  • Registered Professional Engineer


Honor societies

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Alpha Epsilon
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Pi Mu Epsilon
  • Phi Eta Sigma



  • Served on review panel for USDA SBIR grant program, Washington, DC, 1994.

Reviewed articles for:

  • Applied Engineering in Agriculture
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Journal of Vegetable Crop Production
  • Transactions of ASAE
  • HortTechnology
  • Journal of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Agriculture
  • Canadian Agricultural Engineering
  • Canadian Biosystems Engineering
  • Soil and Tillage Research
    • Journal of the Florida State Horticulture Society
    • Journal of ASTM International
    • Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
    • Scientia Agricola
    • CIGR Ejournal



  • Served as State Extension Specialist for lawn, garden, and grounds maintenance equipment
  • Served as State Extension Specialist for commercial vegetable equipment




Agricultural Engineering Courses – College of Engineering

  • AGE 1248 Production Machinery in Agriculture. General introductory course covering all areas of agricultural engineering.
  • AGE 1249 Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Design. Developed completely new course based on personal experience in industry. This course offered an introduction to engineering design tools, then provided an opportunity for students to study practical design considerations and carry out a major individual design problem. Developed all materials for this course.
  • AGE 3104 Proseminar. Senior course for agricultural engineering and agricultural mechanization majors. Emphasis on preparing term papers. Developed new section on engineering law — patents, product liability. 
  • BAE 4190 Senior Engineering Design. Senior capstone design course. Developed entirely new course materials based on my experience in industry.
  • AGE 7305 Advanced Power and Machinery. Developed completely new course emphasizing practical machine design considerations in industry. Introduced new concepts such as plastics part design, value engineering, cost analysis, and product liability. Provided practical individual and group problems in all areas studied. Based course on personal experience managing product development department in industry.

Agricultural Mechanization Courses – College of Agriculture

  • AGM 2094, IAT 2094, BAE 2294 Agricultural Chemical Application. Completely revised this course and developed all new lecture notes, homework problems, tests, visual aids, etc. with increased emphasis on granular application and horticultural application. Introduced significant new material based on experience in ag chemical industry and ASAE chemical application committee contacts.
  • AGM 2066, IAT 2066 Agricultural Field Machinery. Course in basic field machinery with emphasis on selection and management. Developed new course materials including visual aids, handouts, and printed class notes.
  • AGM 3083 Farm and Power Equipment Sales and Service. Course in management of agricultural, industrial, and lawn and garden equipment dealerships. Includes overall dealership management as well as parts, sales and service management. Developed all course materials including lecture notes, visual aids, homework, tests, handouts. Revised course content to reflect personal experience in farm equipment retailing and manufacturing.




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