Jeb Fields is a member of GPN's 2024 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Jeb Fields


Louisiana State University Ag Center

Job Title

Assistant professor and Extension specialist


What 3-4 professional and/or personal accomplishments are you most proud of? 

  • I am an Eagle Scout.
  • I created a damned fine baby daughter.
  • I am extremely proud of my academic career, from my research to my students’ success; the impact my career has on the world is something I truly hold dear. 

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • It’s in my blood really. My father always loved plants and graduated from University of Florida in a horticultural field. My grandfather was an irrigation and spray tech in the citrus groves before working his way to starting a tractor dealership, which my family still owns to this day. We even had a garden center and retail nursery for a while, too.
  • Growing up, I was around agriculture all the time. I would spend countless hours with my dad in the yard working with plants. He also encouraged science, education and a respect for nature. When I was picking a life path, everything I loved seemed to intersect in the horticulture field, so here I am.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • I get to do what I love, every day. 

Describe to a 6-year-old what you do in life? 

  • I get to learn and discover new things EVERY DAY! 


What are your favorite hobbies?

  • Cooking
  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • Reading
  • Anything that brings the family together

When you’re not working, what are two to three things we could find you doing? 

  • Sitting fireside with a nice drink
  • Looking through the telescope
  • Checking out a random lecture

Fun Facts

Do you have any unusual talents, or can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out? 

  • I absolutely love astronomy and paleontology. My wife says I have the interests of a toddler, but dinosaurs and space can occupy my mind for hours. I have spent countless hours researching and learning everything I can to the point that I likely know way too much about these topics.
  • Also, I love to write essays about my theories and crazy ideas that nobody has ever seen. Mostly about astronomy and the history of the world/prehistory, but also some other philosophical topics. Maybe one day I will publish them under a pseudonym.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • I know I should say my wife and daughter, but definitely my dog, Magnolia — or Maggie as we call her. 

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Cooking, I love to pretend to be a master chef. 

What are your top three bucket list items? 

  • Learn to fly
  • Spend a winter snowed in, in a mountain cabin
  • Visit a true dark sky where you can clearly see the sky like it was 1,000 years ago

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • This is unfair and I am going to cheat and go with magnolias (yes, all of them) — such diversity and unique interest.
  • The classics give you a warm feeling of simpler times. 

You’re buying a vacation package to anywhere in the world without a budget, where are you going? 

  • An adventure in the Alaska backcountry.
  • Cities and culture are great to explore, but I’ll take the remote wilderness any day.