Friday, May 27

SU Ag Center to host Youth Summer Cooking Camp

C.H.E.F. Camp to provide youth with cooking principles and nutrition education
     
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Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, in collaboration with the LSU AgCenter, will sponsor its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camp for youth ages 9-11 on June 13 – 16 and for ages 12-15 on July 18-21.

The C.H.E.F. cooking camp is designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s, “MyPlate” food guidance system and Dietary Guidelines.

Each day, participants will work together to create an entire meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team building skills, planning and time management.

Both sessions will be held on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Only 12 participants will be accepted for each session. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and healthy snack each day.

Registration for the camp is $30 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form and mailed to: C.H.E.F., Nutrition Education Program, Southern University Ag Center, P. O. Box 10010, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. Payment must be made in the form of a money order payable to the Southern University Ag Center.

The deadline to apply for both camp sessions is Monday, June 6.

To enroll or for additional information, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at 225.389.3055 or via e-mail at, kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

                               
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Thursday, May 26

Southern University Ag Center staff participate in ‘Red Nose Day’

SU Ag Center staff members, from left, Angela Jackson, Kim Butler, Ellen McKnight, Joyce Tubbs, Tiffany Franklin, Kelli Hollins, Decobea Butler, Kendrah Selders and Milissia John-Baptiste participated in Red Nose Day. The event is held to bring aware and raise funds for child poverty in the U.S. and poor communities throughout the world.

Baton Rouge, LA – Several Southern University Ag Center staff members participated in ‘Red Nose Day’, a national campaign to bring awareness and raise funds to fight child poverty in the United States and in some of the poorest communities in the world.

The event, held on Thursday, May 26, will conclude with a live television special on NBC at 8 p.m. (CT). 

Over the past 25 years, the campaign has raised over $1 billion globally. The 2015 campaign raised $23 million that funded programs designed to keep children and young adults safe, healthy and educated.

A ‘red nose’ can be purchased at a local Walgreens or Duane Reade store.

For additional information about ‘Red Nose Day,’ visit http://rednoseday.org/.


  
                               
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Wednesday, May 25

SU Ag Center Research Scientist Janana Snowden mentioned in EGO Magazine

Discusses the importance of mentoring students

Recent Southern University graduate Mar'Lesha Hollins (seated) poses for a photo with her mentor, Dr. Janana Snowden, while the two examine the antibacterial soap Hollins made with hibiscus sabdariffa extracts for her thesis.

                
Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center’s Dr. Janana Snowden was mentioned in an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 Edition of EGO Magazine.

The publication, which is the official student magazine of the Southern University and A&M College, provides students with the opportunity to publicize activities and events relevant to the university. In the article, Mar’Lesha Hollins, a recent graduate who has held many titles during her tenure at Southern University including: senior level ambassador in the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College, Freshman Class Senator, Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class Vice-President, Chief of Staff and Miss Junior; was asked, “Is there a certain professor or administrator you’d like to recognize who has been a great mentor or extremely helpful,” in which she acknowledged Dr. Snowden, her research mentor.
Snowden is a research scientist at the SU Ag Center investigating the medicinal properties and functions of natural products. Mar’Lesha and Snowden became acquainted last summer when Snowden served as an adjunct Genetics instructor for the Department of Biology in which Mar’Lesha stated was her favorite class. She enjoyed Snowden’s teaching tactics so much that she asked her if she would serve as her Honor’s Thesis mentor.  
Mar’Lesha investigated the antibacterial activity of soap formulation utilizing hibiscus sabdariffa extracts at the SU Ag Center. She defended her thesis on May 3 and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology on May 13, 2016, making her the second to graduate with an Honor’s Thesis under Snowden’s mentorship.
“Since 2006, while working on my doctorate in Environmental Toxicology, I’ve served as a Research Mentor for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. After graduating and beginning my career as a Research Scientist with the Southern University Ag Center, I’ve continued mentoring not only students in the Upward Bound Program but university-wide with most of my student’s being from the Dolores Spikes Honors College. As a mentor, I feel the most important aspect is being that listening ear or that positive voice needed in stressful or difficult situations,” said Snowden.
She went on to explain that she teaches her mentees to apply the problem solving tactics used in the classroom to real-life situations. She also provides encouragement to students by sharing some of her experiences.
“I share some of my own life experiences to show that everything may not go according as planned or be measured justly but if they keep God first and work hard, they can achieve anything they set their minds to,” stated Snowden.
She also discussed how serving as a mentor can become a challenging but rewarding experience.
“Mentoring several students at once keeps me “on my toes” and knowledgeable as they all receive different projects and I have to stay on top of each one.   The most rewarding part of serving as a mentor is seeing my students’ graduate college and bearing witness to their growth and success as young adults and professionals,” added Snowden.

Mar’Lesha’s full article can be found on page 23 of the EGO Magazine
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Friday, May 20

SU Ag Center to hold a Women in Agriculture Workshop in New Roads

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Workshop will teach women how to choose equipment for a farm or garden
                
Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center’s Wisteria Alliance Program will hold a Women in Agriculture Workshop on Saturday, June 4 at the Episcopal Church Hall, 605 East Main St., in New Roads, LA.

The workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., will focus on helping women choose the correct equipment needed to maintain a farm or garden.

Additional workshop topics will include:

·         Machinery for Small and Large Jobs
·         Farm Equipment Demonstration
·         USDA/FAS Micro Loan Program
·         Networking Opportunities

The workshop is free and open to all women, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Emily King at 225.718.3705 or via e-mail at emily_king@suagcenter.com.

All attendees are also asked to bring their most outrageous and outlandish work hat!

The Wisteria Alliance Program prepares women to own and operate their own farms and other agricultural based businesses. It began in 2012 as a pilot program aimed at providing practical, hands on training for women who live on farms, and those whose interest lie in starting a farm, and/or urban or community garden.

The program was named after the Wisteria, a lavender colored, very beautiful but hardy, steadfast flowering plant. The plant has many purposes, much like the role that women play in agriculture. 

All of the Wisteria Alliance trainings are designed for women, and the majority of the workshops will be conducted by women. Although men are welcome, the Wisteria Alliance is committed to creating an atmosphere where women will be comfortable to ask questions in a warm nurturing environment.

For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Wisteria Alliance Program visit, http://www.suagcenter.com/PageDisplay.asp?p1=1450 or contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin at 225.771.2242.
                               
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SU Ag Center’s FF-News Teaches Nutrition Education to 100 Kindergartners

Evaluation Results

Marquetta Anderson teaching kindergartners how to choose healthy snacks.
The students surprised Kiyana Kelly with homemade thank you cards at the end of the school year.


Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center’s Families First-Nutrition Education and Wellness System (FF-NEWS) has concluded it Fall 2015-2016 Nutrition Education Curriculum for schools and communities across the state.

Nutrition Educators Marquetta Anderson and Kiyana Kelly, along with Extension Associate Ellen McKnight, conducted a pilot nutrition education evaluation series at The Baton Rouge Bridge Academy. The academy is a new charter school in East Baton Rouge Parish with a student body of 100 kindergartners.                                   

All evaluations were administered using Turning Point Technologies software (TPT). Students used TPT clickers that electronically captured and interpreted all data.  The pre–evaluations were administered in the early part of December 2015. Over a six month period, Ms. Kelly covered nutrition topics such as Exploring MyPlate, Water is Wonderful, Fun with Fruits and Veggies, Snacking Healthy, Handwashing, and Physical Activity. Students received and prepared food samples that coincided with nutrition topics such as fruit pizza, sparkling water, trail mix and yogurt.

Bridge Academy teacher, Courtney Peterson stated, “As a results of Ms. Kelly’s classes, my students were able to accurately identify foods from each food group when we were reviewing a unit on nutrition.”

Post-evaluations were then administered in the later part of May 2016. The data collected indicated that students scored an average of 59% on the pre-evaluation and 79% on the post-evaluation. As a result of the nutrition education series, nutrition knowledge increased by 20% among 100 kindergartners in a six month period.

The students enjoyed using the TPT clickers and were engaged in the nutrition lessons and demonstrations. At the culmination of the nutrition education series, the students surprised Ms. Kelly, and presented her with handmade fruit and vegetable thank you cards.

For information on the Southern University Ag Center’s Families First-Nutrition Education and Wellness System and other nutrition programs, visit http://www.suagcenter.com/nutrition or contact the SU Ag Center at 225.771.2242.           
               
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Article written by Ellen C. McKnight, SU Ag Center Extension Associate-Nutrition Evaluation & Publication.


Friday, May 6

SU Ag Center Extension Associate Teaches Grandparents how Gardening Can Help Them Build Bonds with their Grandchildren during Grandparents Conference

Stephanie M. Elwood, SU Ag Center Extension Associate

Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center Extension Associate Stephanie M. Elwood was one of the featured presenters during the 19th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana (GRGICL) Conference. The event was held on April 22 at the Holiday Inn South Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Elwood’s presentation, “G3 Grandparents + Grandkids = Gardening,” focused on the use of gardening as an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to spend quality time together.

“Working side by side with grandchildren is a great time for talks; getting to know one another; sharing what’s on each other’s mind, as well as, their hopes and dreams for the future. Cross generational gardening also provides an opportunity for both the grandparent and the grandchild to be the teacher and the student, thus increasing the lines of communication,” wrote Elwood in an abstract about her presentation. “So many lives and educational skills, such as leadership development, reading, mathematics, responsibility and compassion can be transferred from grandparents to grandchildren while gardening. Growing fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables may be the primary intended outcome of gardening, but the benefits are so much more,” she added.

Elwood is a Licensed Horticulturalist with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. In her position at the SU Ag Center, she works with community and school garden programs within the Baton Rouge community, area schools and juvenile detention centers.

Currently, the SU Ag Center is implementing the, “Eradicating food deserts through the Development of School Gardens” program at several middle and high schools, the “Using Agriculture as a Fast Track Vehicle for Change through Experiential Learning” program at an alternative school and juvenile detention center, and the “Grow Healthy Program,” which implements gardens at SU Ag Center Nutrition Education sites throughout the state of Louisiana.

GRGICL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering both information and support to grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives serving as parents to children who are not their own. The organization partners with other agencies to provide training and support to empower grandparents and kinship caregivers.  

For information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Community and School Garden Programs, call 225.771.2242.

To obtain information about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana, visit lagrg.org.
                               
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Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center Extension Associate Stephanie M. Elwood was one of the featured presenters during the 19th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana (GRGICL) Conference. The event was held on April 22 at the Holiday Inn South Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Elwood’s presentation, “G3 Grandparents + Grandkids = Gardening,” focused on the use of gardening as an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to spend quality time together.

“Working side by side with grandchildren is a great time for talks; getting to know one another; sharing what’s on each other’s mind, as well as, their hopes and dreams for the future. Cross generational gardening also provides an opportunity for both the grandparent and the grandchild to be the teacher and the student, thus increasing the lines of communication,” wrote Elwood in an abstract about her presentation. “So many lives and educational skills, such as leadership development, reading, mathematics, responsibility and compassion can be transferred from grandparents to grandchildren while gardening. Growing fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables may be the primary intended outcome of gardening, but the benefits are so much more,” she added.

Elwood is a Licensed Horticulturalist with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. In her position at the SU Ag Center, she works with community and school garden programs within the Baton Rouge community, area schools and juvenile detention centers.

Currently, the SU Ag Center is implementing the, “Eradicating food deserts through the Development of School Gardens” program at several middle and high schools, the “Using Agriculture as a Fast Track Vehicle for Change through Experiential Learning” program at an alternative school and juvenile detention center, and the “Grow Healthy Program,” which implements gardens at SU Ag Center Nutrition Education sites throughout the state of Louisiana.

GRGICL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering both information and support to grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives serving as parents to children who are not their own. The organization partners with other agencies to provide training and support to empower grandparents and kinship caregivers.  

For information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Community and School Garden Programs, call 225.771.2242.

To obtain information about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana, visit lagrg.org.
                               
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Wednesday, May 4

SU Ag Center holds Graduation Ceremony for School Garden Program Participants

Aalryah Doucet poses for a photo with her certificate of completion with SU Ag Center's School Garden Program Director Tiffany Franklin (left) and the program's Garden Instructor Stephanie Elwood.

Baton Rouge, LA – Nearly 40 middle and high school students received certificates of completion for participating in the Southern University Ag Center’s School Garden Program.

Students from Southern University Laboratory School, Scotlandville Magnet High School and Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Middle Academy, were honored during a graduation ceremony held at the SU Ag Center on May 4.
                                    
The yearlong program titled, “Eradicating Food Deserts through School Gardens,” was developed by the SU Ag Center in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifying Baton Rouge as a food desert; means there is limited access to fresh produce.

The center applied for and received funding through a USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Capacity Building Grant. Through this funding a training series dubbed, “Plant it-Grow it, Try it-Like it,” was introduced to teach students basic, transferable gardening techniques from the SU Ag Center's self-produced Community Garden Curriculum. Students were also given ownership of school garden spaces to ensure easy access to fresh produce.

Since 2016 marks the final year of the program, a teacher from each participating school was presented with a copy of the Ag Center’s curriculum to ensure that the program continues to thrive within the schools.

Six students from the schools also discussed their experiences during the program and expressed how the program and its garden instructor, Stephanie Elwood, impacted their lives.

“When I starting the program I wasn’t interested in anything Ms. Stephanie was talking about,” said Aalryah Doucet. “But the program and Ms. Stephanie have taught me so much that I have decided to major in Agriculture at Southern University. Thank you Ms. Stephanie, she added.

For information about the SU Ag Center’s School Gardening Program, contact Tiffany Franklin, Project Director or Stephanie Elwood, Garden Instructor at 225-771-2242.


                               
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Monday, May 2

SU and LSU Ag Centers Collaborate on Small Ruminant Field Day

Drs. Renita W. Marshall and Sebhatu Gebrelul discuss the SU Ag Center's Master Small Ruminant Certification Program and share research updates during the April 30 Small Ruminant Field Day at LSU.

Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, along with the LSU AgCenter, hosted a small ruminant field day sponsored by the Kentwood Co-op, on April 30 at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Officials from both institutions brought greetings to the nearly 100 field day attendees.
                                            
Researchers from the SU Ag Center presented information on the center’s newly established Master Small Ruminant Certification Program and shared updates on current research conducted on small ruminants.

The event had a fee of $5 per person or $10 per family to cover the cost of lunch and materials. Producers also participated in a FAMACHA certification course for an additional $10. FAMACHA (FAffa MAlan CHArt) is a diagnostic tool that helps farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. FAMACHA was developed in South Africa and is distributed in the United States through the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Pest Control.

Small ruminant experts from both the SU and LSU Ag Centers made presentations on forage management, nutrition and health interaction, distiller grains, infectious and parasitic diseases, small ruminant reproduction and drug use/off label issues.

The day also featured demonstrations and hands-on activities on injections, fecal and blood collection, body condition scoring and a question and answer session with veterinarians.

The lead collaborators were Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul, who can be reached at 225.771.3841 or sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com and Dr. Ken McMillin, who can be reached at 225.578.3438 or kmcmillin@agcenter.lsu.edu. Representatives from the SU Ag Center included: Renita W. Marshall, DVM/Associate Professor, Animal Science; Dr. James Henson, research scientist; Malik Allen, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Economics; Joshua Simon, a junior majoring in Urban Forestry; and Lamar Burton, a senior majoring in Animal Science.
                               
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Friday, April 29

Students from Park Ridge Magnet School visit the SU Ag Center’s Urban Farm

Park Ridge Magnet Academic School students till soil during a visit to the SU Ag Center's Sustainable Urban Agriculture Demonstration Farm on April 25, 2016. 

Students smell the herbs grown in the SU Ag Center's Urban Farm.

Baton Rouge, LA – Sixty students in kindergarten – 2nd grade from Park Ridge Academic Magnet School visited the Southern University Ag Center's Sustainable Urban Agriculture Demonstration Farm on April 25.

The students toured the Center's greenhouse, learned about milkweed plants (which feed the caterpillar’s that become monarch butterflies) and how to make compost.

They were also able to participate in hands-on activities such as tilling the soil in a raised bed, planting seeds, watering plants, smelling the fresh herbs grown in the garden and petting baby chicks.

The farm, known as the “show and tell garden,” is available for tours throughout the year.  To schedule a tour, contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin or Zanetta Augustine at 225-771-2242.          
            
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SU Ag Center to host SPA Day for Girls in Orleans Parish

Flyer for Orleans Parish SPA Day for Girls

The Southern University Ag Center’s Youth Educational Support (Y.E.S.) Program in Orleans Parish and the Doris Sisters Program will host a Supporting Physical Activities (SPA) Healthy Living Program for Girls on April 30 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Mary D. Coghill Charter School Gym, 4617 Mirabeau Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70126.

The event is free and open to girls between the ages of 11 – 18 who are 4-H Club members in New Orleans and/or participant with the Doris Sisters Program.

The SPA Day event will cover the topics of: Business101, Grooming, Nail Care and Spa Treatments, Exercise and Fitness, and Social Media Etiquette.

There will also be healthy food demonstrations and the young ladies will participate in an etiquette luncheon.

Parents are welcome to stay during the event.

The Y.E.S. Program is an after-school enrichment initiative that works with families that have limited resources. The program’s goals are to expand and cultivate the need for family and community involvement, develop positive self-concept (self-esteem) among youth, enrich and empower youth, identify alternative methods for redirecting undesirable behavior while applying positive discipline techniques and building on the strengths and interest of the youth.

The Doris Sisters Program is a mentoring program designed to cultivate, unify, educate and inspire young ladies through cooperative learning experiences and community service opportunities.

For more information about the SU Ag Center’s SPA Day in Orleans Parish, contact Krystal Sugulleh Stewart, Orleans Parish Extension Agent, at krystal_sugulleh@suagcenter.com or by phone at 504.658.2901.
                                                                               
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SU Urban Forestry Student Joshua Simon wins first place in National MANRRS Contest

SU Urban Forestry major, Joshua Simon, holds his first place Undergraduate Written Essay Award during the 31st Annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science (MANRRS) Career Fair and Training Conference.

Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Urban Forestry major, Joshua Simon, won first place in the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Undergraduate Written Essay Contest. Simon, a junior from Morganza, La., attended the National MANRRS 31st Annual Career Fair and Training Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. from March 30 - April 2, 2016.

The MANRRS Conference provides a forum for student members to showcase their talents and abilities through their participation in contests. Students can compete against top-tier universities and colleges from across the U.S. in a total of 10 contests that range from Undergraduate and Graduate Oral and Poster Research, Research Discussion, and Written Essay to a Business Plan Pitch Competition.

Simon placed first out of 60 contestants, with his essay titled, “Growing the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders.”

“I was thrilled, almost in disbelief when I was named as the first place winner of the national written essay contest,” said Simon. “When competing against larger institutions, Southern University is often overlooked as a competitor, but they were shown different in this competition. I truly enjoyed winning first place and I am looking forward to next year to hopefully win first in another competition. I am proud to be an Urban Forestry student at Southern U,” he add.

MANRRS is a national student organization that “promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.”

The organization has more than 50 chapters at universities throughout the country that include Louisiana State, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Clemson, Florida A&M, Auburn, Alcorn State, The Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue and Prairie View A&M University.

Southern University Ag Center faculty and staff members Zanetta Augustine, Dr. Renita Marshall, Dr. Janana Snowden and Dr. Christopher Chappell, along with USDA Liaison Alice Johnson, serve as MANRRS advisors for students on the Southern University campus.

For additional information about the Southern University Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences chapter, contact Zanetta Augustine at 225.771.2242. For information on the MANRRS organization, visit manrrs.org. 

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Wednesday, April 27

SU Ag Center set for 2016 School Garden Graduation Ceremony

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will hold a graduation ceremony for students participating in the “Eradicating Food Deserts through the Development of School Gardens” project. The event will recognize participants from Southern University Laboratory School, Scotlandville Magnet High School, and Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Academy on Wednesday, May 4 from 9:00 am – Noon at A. O. Williams Hall. Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate serves as Garden Instructor, and Tiffany Franklin, Project Director is Program Coordinator.

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Tuesday, April 26

Teens Travel to Louisiana’s State Capitol to Advocate for Sex Ed in the Classroom

State Representative Patricia Smith listens to Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Club member Teanna Lee express her opinion on House Bill 369.

State Representative Ted James listens to OMG Club members voice their concerns about the rise in HIV/AIDS and STD's among their peers. 

Baton Rouge, LA – Seven teens from the Outstanding Mature Girlz Club (OMG) met with some of Louisiana’s Legislators on March 29, 2016 for Legislative Awareness Day (LAD) at the Louisiana State Capitol. 
                                                   
In the last two years HIV/AIDS have doubled amongst teens in Louisiana. According to the June 30, 2015 Louisiana HIV, AIDS and Early Syphilis Surveillance Quarterly Report, 25% of all new HIV diagnoses in Louisiana during 2014 occurred among persons 13-24 years old.  In the first half of 2015, the report stated that 44% of all early syphilis diagnoses in Louisiana occurred among persons between the ages of 13 and 24.  While those numbers are increasing, many law makers wholeheartedly agreed with the young ladies that implementing Sex Ed in public schools may need to be revisited.

OMG Club members Deanna and Teanna Lee met with State Representative Patricia Smith to learn more about House Bill 369 that would mandate sex education in public schools. However, the bill was killed during the 2015 House Education Committee meeting with three representatives voting in favor of the bill, and ten opposing it.  “We have to do a little more research, there’s a survey youth can take called Youth Risk Assessment. Young people are being educated with wrong information about sex from their peers, and we have to be sure they are getting the right information,” said Rep. Smith.

The young ladies did not stop there, they also met and spoke with newly elected State Representative Robby Carter, (who succeeded Governor John Bel Edwards) and State Senator Rick Ward III for the first time.  Both young ladies asked very tough questions and listened to the representatives’ views on this sensitive subject matter.  Senator Ward agreed to schedule a meeting in St. Helena Parish with school administrators and youth to discuss their concerns, and find solutions to put an end to this growing HIV/AID, Syphilis epidemic amongst youth in Louisiana.

“Before I joined the OMG Club I did not realize HIV and AIDS were two different things,” said Deanna Lee. 

During their brief meeting with State Representative Edward ‘Ted’ James, both young ladies reemphasized how important it was to learn information from people who were more knowledgeable than their peers.  Rep. James reassured the OMG Club that he would definitely speak with his colleagues about this sensitive but very important matter.
                                                                                                                                                      
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Monday, April 25

SU and LSU Ag Centers set for April 30 Small Ruminant Field Day

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Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, along with the LSU AgCenter, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Kentwood Co-op, will host a small ruminant field day on April 30.

The event, which will be held at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine located on Skip Bertman Dr. on the LSU campus, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

A fee of $5 per person or $10 per family will be charged to cover the cost of lunch and materials.

Researchers from the SU Ag Center will present information on the center’s newly established Master Small Ruminant Certification Program and share updates on the research they are conducting on small ruminants.

Producers can also participate in a FAMACHA certification course, which is used to treat and control Barber’s Pole worms and other parasites in goats and sheep, for an additional $10.

Small ruminant experts from both the SU and LSU Ag Centers will make presentations on forage management, nutrition and health interaction; distiller grains; infectious and parasitic diseases; small ruminant reproduction and drug use/ off label issues.

The day will also feature demonstrations and hands-on activities on injections, fecal and blood collection, body condition scoring and a question and answer session with veterinarians.

For information on the SU Ag Center’s Master Small Ruminant Certification Program, contact Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul at Sebhatu_Gebrelul@suagcenter.com or at 225.771.3841.

For additional information about the field day, contact Ken McMillin at kmcmillin@agcenter.lsu.edu or at 225.578.3438 or Jim Miller at jmille1@lsu.edu or at 225.578.9652.
                                                                                                                                                      
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Friday, April 22

SU Board of Supervisors votes to merge the College of Ag with the Ag Center

Former SU Ag Center Chancellor Dr. Leodrey Williams speaks to the members of the Southern University Board of Supervisors during the April 22 board meeting.

Baton Rouge, LAThe Southern University Board of Supervisors voted to merge the Southern University College of Agriculture with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center during the board’s April 22 meeting.

The move will transfer the academic unit located on the SU Baton Rouge campus to the Ag Center; allowing the operating functions of the three land-grant units (Teaching, Research and Cooperative Extension) to be located under one umbrella.

The Ag Center currently employs 115 employees (includes vacancies), with field staff in 36 parishes across the state. The Center, which is overseen by a Chancellor, consists of research and extension units and has an operating budget of $7,809,249 (for 2016).

The college encompasses the academic arm of the land-grant mission. It currently employs seven part-time and 15 full time employees.

“We’re excited,” said Dr. Doze Butler, Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Agriculture, about the merger.  “It’s good for the academic program,” she added.

“It is a great day for the citizens of Louisiana as the SU College of Agriculture is officially aligned with the SU Ag Center,” said Dr. Adell Brown, interim Chancellor of the SU Ag Center. “Resources can more effectively be directed to ensure that teaching, research and extension programs are being implemented to provide opportunities to our most underserved youth, families, and farmers. This alignment allows us to work as an agricultural family to shape new academic offerings, as we prepare our students for the 21st century work force needs in agriculture.”

The Southern University System established the Agricultural, Research and Extension Center as its fifth campus in 2001.

The merger will be effective on July 1, 2016.

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