Dr. Vernon Jones
Dr. Vernon Jones grew up in a small town in Northeastern Louisiana. While in elementary school, he was active in 4-H and youth science fairs. During his high school years, he participated in Vocational Agriculture which introduced him to swine and cattle judging. While in high school, he was also active in debate, the National Honor Society, Academic Competition, football, baseball and track.
Dr. Jones received his B.S. Degree from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA majoring in Plant Science. While attending Southern University, Dr. Jones worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a trainee.
Dr. Jones pursued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, IL. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees there in Crop Production researching allelopathic effects of plant roots on alfalfa and double cropping with soybeans and pearl millet.
After receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Jones was employed at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX. While there, he worked on a bermuda grass project, established an in vitro dry matter digestibility laboratory and taught a Plant Science course.
In the mid-1980's, Dr. Jones made the exodus across the Red River and began his employment at Langston University. Since coming to Langston University, he has conducted research in the areas of double cropping, conservation tillage, relay intercropping, drought tolerance, adaptability of kochia as a forage crop in Oklahoma and nitrate movement in the soil profile. Dr. Jones served as supervisor for three Cooperative Extension Paraprofessionals in the eastern part of the state. He served as Acting Division Director for the then designated Division of Applied Sciences. He has also taught a Soil Science course. He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society.
Presently, Dr. Jones is Administrator of the Cooperative Extension Program at Langston University.