Tuesday, April 21

SU Ag Center’s 'Keeping On My Tiara Tour' Comes to a Royal End



HIV/AIDS Awareness was discussed during the 'Keeping On My Tiara Tour'.

Young ladies learn how to care for their skin at a mobile make-up station.

"Keeping On My Tiara Tour" participants pose for a photo after the event.

Dr. Kelli Joseph, Superintendent of the St. Helena Parish School District, attended the "Keeping On My Tiara Tour" held at the St. Helena College & Career Academy on March 26.

Amite, La – The Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center’s (SUAREC) “Keeping On My Tiara Tour,” has come to a royal end. Over 40 Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) were in attendance during the March 26 and April 17 workshops held at St. Helena College & Career Academy and Kentwood High Magnet School, respectively. 

In a day when teen girls are heavily influenced by social media with negative body images, and overt sexual content the OMG Club strives to give the balance that is often missing.  Young queens were allowed to literally keep their “Tiaras” on as a representation that they will not be pressured into risky behavior during this prom season or afterwards.

Sashika Baunchand, Regional Advocate for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), was onsite to educate the group of wonderful young ladies about HIV/AIDS Awareness.  Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent, (SUAREC) demonstrated proper techniques to care for their natural hair, and the importance of a well-balanced diet to achieve healthy hair. Rose J. Guy, a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, provided a mobile make-up station to educate the outstanding young ladies on caring for their natural nails and skin.  After the completion of each session, the young ladies were encouraged to visit a Salad Station to fix a cup-size salad with their favorite dressings.

“I really don’t like to eat salad, but after today I will try,” said Krista Madison of St. Helena College and Career Academy.

The tour was well received by school administrators, and many are looking forward to what’s in store for next year.  The SU Ag Center will continue to promote the empowerment of young women, and the Outstanding Mature Girlz Club as a place where every girl should be!

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Saturday, April 18

SU Ag Center Hosts Successful Small Ruminant Field Day despite Rainy Weather

FAMACHA Certification discussion

Hoof trimming demonstration

Vaccination demonstration

Hands-on fecal egg count

fecal egg count demonstration

Children learn about animals
Baton Rouge, La The Southern University Ag Center along with LSU and S.A.R.E. held a field day for small ruminant farmers who showed up in numbers despite the steady rain on April 18.
Farmers defied the rain and gathered at A. O. Williams Hall to soak up useful information. In the food safety session, the presenter discussed sanitation aspect of plant and animal production, concluding that healthy producers make safe produce and healthy consumers. The herd health management presenter highlighted the Louisiana climate which makes goat and sheep susceptible to parasite related death and ways to prevent occurrence. All sessions concentrated on increasing the profit margin.

Topics covered included: Sheep production and diversification of small ruminants by S. Gebrelul and J. Miller; On-farm food safety practices – Fatemeh Malekian and A. Adhikari; Small ruminant health management – R. Marshall; Profitable small ruminant marketing – O. Lukongo; Forage Management – E. Twidwell; and Composting animal carcasses – S. Gebrelul and E. Runles. Other sessions included a discussion panel on “Opportunities and Challenges of Small Ruminant Production, FAMACHA Certification, Wet lab fecal egg count, soil testing, as well as demonstrations on band castration, hoof trimming, and injection.

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Thursday, April 16

SU Ag Center’s Urban Forestry Program to Hold Semiar & Workshop Series

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Baton Rouge, La – the Urban Forestry Program at Southern University Ag Center will hold seminar and workshop series, starting Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm in Room 138, A.O. Williams Hall. Admission is free with on-site registration.  The workshop will share the latest information about our precious urban forests and green infrastructures in Louisiana. There will be Expert presentations on Education, Research and Extension activities in Urban and Community Forestry and Urban Natural Resources. You will also learn about the latest technologies available for managing City Forests. A forum for diversity and community involvement in urban forestry and natural resources will be on hand.

For additional information please contact: SU Urban Forestry Program at
P.O. Box 10771, Baton Rouge, LA 70813; call 225-771-3535 or 225-324-8206; Email: kamrana664@cs.com

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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Baton Rouge, La - A press release from the US Department of Agriculture on April 16, 2015 reminded farmers to  Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 deadline. Producers May Need to Take Action to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support.

The USDA reminded farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must now file a certification form to maintain their crop insurance premium support.

"USDA employees are working very hard to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "While many producers will not need to take action, we want to help make sure that those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable insurance."

Producers should visit their local USDA service center and talk with their crop insurance agent before the June 1, 2015, deadline to ask questions, get additional information or learn more about conservation compliance procedures. Producers that file their form by the deadline will be eligible for federal crop insurance premium support during the 2016 reinsurance year, which begins July, 1, 2015. USDA will publish a rule outlining the linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance premium support. Go to http://go.usa.gov/3Wy5J to view a copy of the rule.

The Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form is available at local USDA service center or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/AD1026form. When a farmer completes this form, USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will outline any additional actions that may be required for compliance with highly erodible land and wetland provisions. USDA's Risk Management Agency, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, manages the federal crop insurance program that provides the modern farm safety net for America's farmers and ranchers.

For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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Addendum: SU Ag Center Major Player in Southern University Sustainability Week


L-r: Malekian, faculty adviser with Shannon, 1st place winner in undergraduate poster; Lamar, 1st place winner in undergraduate oral presentation with Marshall, faculty adviser
Baton Rouge, La - Southern University and A&M College is celebrating its second annual campus-wide Sustainability Week, April 13-17, 2015.  This week consists of daily campus-wide sustainability activities to promote sustainable actions.  On April 15, the Sustainability Day engaged students and the community with student and corporate demonstrations, guest speakers, and research competitions.  Undergraduate and graduate students participated in research poster and oral competitions.  Each student winner received a monetary prize, t-shirt, and other awards. There were educational displays and demonstrations by faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students.

The Southern University Research and Extension Center contributed to the success of the event by organizing, mentoring students and setting up displays and demonstrations. Many faculty members mentored students on research projects from undergraduate to doctoral levels. Students contested in oral and poster presentations. The top ranking oral presenter was Lamar k. Burton, a junior in Animal Science who took first place for his outstanding performance on his research entitled “Carcass Yield and Quality Traits in Kids under Mixed and Sequential Grazing System.” Burton was mentored by Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul, professor, and Renita Marshall, Associate Professor, Animal Science. In addition, Shannon N. Jones-Butts, a senior, majoring in chemistry, won the first place in poster presentation in the undergraduate category. Jones-Butts has been working with the SU Ag Center for the past three years.  Her poster  was entitled “Nutritional Characteristics and Antioxidant Activity of High-Protein Parfait.” She was mentored by Mfamara Goita, research assistant; Margarita Khachaturyan, research associate; and Fatemeh Malekian, professor, Health and Nutrition.

“We are very proud of her,” said Malekian, faculty adviser.

The sole graduate winner was Ogad A. Agu doctoral candidate, mentored by Dr. Rao Uppu Director of Environmental Toxicology PhD Program and Health Center, SUBR. Agu’s poster presentation was entitled "Ozone-Mediated Oxidation of Acesulfame Potassium: An Option for Waste Water Treatment."

The Hip Hop Doc Rani G. Whitfield, MD, served as keynote speaker to encourage students to move forward in the face of challenges. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Michael Stubblefield was in attendance to oversee the research demonstrations. The SU Lab School students featured prominently in the day’s activities as well.

The theme for the week is, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold Meet Green.  This event involves the participation of students, faculty, and staff from the SUBR campus as well as Middle and High School students in the Scotlandville area.  There were also participation from undergraduate and graduate students from other SU campuses (New Orleans, Shreveport and Agricultural Research & Extension Center), as well as other higher education institutions from across the state.


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Wednesday, April 15

SU Ag Center Major Player in Southern University Sustainability Week

Sole graduate winner, Ogad Agu, Environmental Toxicology doctoral candidate

1st place winner, undergraduate oral presentation, Lamar Burton, Animal Science

Contestants: undergraduate and graduate students with Stubblefield and Whitfield

Winning undergraduate and graduate students pose with Dr. Stubblefield, left
Baton Rouge, La - Southern University and A&M College is celebrating its second annual campus-wide Sustainability Week, April 13-17, 2015.  This week consists of daily campus-wide sustainability activities to promote sustainable actions.  On April 15, the Sustainability Day engaged students and the community with student and corporate demonstrations, guest speakers, and research competitions.  Undergraduate and graduate students participated in research poster and oral competitions.  Each student winner received a monetary prize, t-shirt, and other awards. 

The Southern University Research and Extension Center contributed to the success of the event by organizing activities and setting up educational displays and demonstrations. Many faculty members mentored students on research projects from undergraduate to doctoral levels who contested in oral and poster presentations. The top ranking oral presenter was Lamar K. Burton, a junior in Animal Science who took first place for outstanding performance on his research entitled “Carcass Yield and Quality Traits in Kids under Mixed and Sequential Grazing System.” Burton was mentored by Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul, professor, Animal Science. The sole graduate winner was Ogad A. Agu doctoral candidate, mentored by Dr. Rao Uppu, Director of Environmental Toxicology PhD Program and Health Center, SUBR. Agu’s poster presentation was entitled "Ozone-Mediated Oxidation of Acesulfame Potassium: An Option for Waste Water Treatment."

The Hip Hop Doc Rani G. Whitfield, MD, served as keynote speaker and encouraged students to move forward in the face of challenges. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Michael Stubblefield was in attendance to oversee the research demonstrations. The SU Lab School students featured prominently in the day’s activities as well.

The theme for the week is, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold Meet Green.  This event involves the participation of students, faculty, and staff from the SUBR campus as well as Middle and High School students in the Scotlandville area.  There were also participation from undergraduate and graduate students from other SU campuses (New Orleans, Shreveport and Agricultural Research & Extension Center), as well as other higher education institutions from across the state.


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LA SARE Baton Rouge Area Farm Tour Postponed

Baton Rouge, LA- The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Baton Rouge Area Farm Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 19 has been postponed until noon on Sunday, May 17.

The tour, which is hosted by both the Southern University and LSU Ag Centers, has been postponed due to the current inclement weather and continued rain forecasted for the area through this weekend.

For additional information about the tour or the SARE program, contact Mila Berhane at, 225.771.2242 or via email at, milagro_berhane@suagcenter.com.


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SU Ag Center Named New AgMagic Partner

Event flyer
Event to teach children about Louisiana’s agriculture through fun exhibits and activities

Baton Rouge, LA- The Southern University Ag Center has partnered with the LSU AgCenter to present AgMagic, an interactive event that teaches children about Louisiana’s agriculture and why it’s important to their lives.

AgMagic will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., April 25-26 in the Parker Coliseum – Highland Road near the south gates of LSU- on the LSU campus. It is free and open to the public.

As part of the partnership, the SU Ag Center will provide a rabbit display, a nutrition game, and a tobacco cessation exhibit. The Center also provided SU J.A.G.I.E activity books and tote bags for teacher packets.

During the event, visitors will be able to look inside the brain, make animal tracks, watch eggs hatch and plants grow, learn where food comes from, walk through the forest, learn about 4-H, bugs and see alligators.

The LSU AgCenter has hosted AgMagic since 2004. For additional information, visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/AgMagic.



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Monday, April 13

Southern University Hosting Second Annual Campus-Wide Sustainability Week

Event Flyer
Baton Rouge, La - Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge (SUBR), Louisiana is hosting its second annual campus-wide Sustainability Week, April 13-17, 2015.  The theme for the week is, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold Meet Green.  This event involves the participation of students, faculty, and staff from the SUBR campus as well as Middle and High School students in the Scotlandville area.  There will also be participation from undergraduate and graduate students from other SU campuses (New Orleans, Shreveport and Agricultural Research & Extension Center), as well as other higher education institutions from across the state.

The week will consist of daily campus-wide sustainability activities to promote sustainable actions.  On Wednesday, our Sustainability Day will consist of engaging students and the community with student and corporate demonstrations, guest speakers, and research competitions.  Undergraduate and Graduate students will participate in a Research Poster Competition.  Each student winner will receive a monetary prize, t-shirt, and other awards. There will be educational displays and demonstrations set-up for all to enjoy!

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Reminder: The Venue for the Small Ruminant Field Day has Changed

Baton Rouge, LA - The Small Ruminant Field Day scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at the Southern University Ag Center will be held at Ashford O. Williams Hall, Southern University, 181 B.A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. The forecast for bad weather has made it necessary to move the event indoors.
Directions to A.O. Williams Hall from New Orleans:
From 110 North
·       Take Exit 8B Left turn on (See the Highway)
·       Right turn at Mills Avenue (@Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church on the left side)
·       (You will cross the railroad track on Southern Campus)
·       1st Left Turn (You will see the 2 story building)
·       Right Turn into the Cooperative Extension Building Parking Lot

Directions from Natchez:
From Hwy 61
·       Right turn at Mills Avenue (@Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church on the left side)
·       (You will cross the railroad track on Southern Campus)
·       1st Left Turn (You will see the 2 story building)
·       Right Turn into the Cooperative Extension Building Parking Lot)

This educational event is FREE and open to everyone who is currently involved with goat and sheep production or those interested in learning more about raising small ruminants. The Small ruminant workshop is sponsored by SARE and organized by SU Ag Center and LSU.
Topics will cover: Herd Health, Marketing, Forage Management, Composting, and much more. Demonstrations and hands-on sessions include Wet Lab (Fecal Egg Count), Goat Meat Product Development & Tasting, and Practical Animal Husbandry Techniques.
Registration will begin at 8:00 am in Ashford O. Williams Hall at Southern University and the program ends at 2:00 pm.
For more information, contact, Sebhatu Gebrelul at (225) 771-3841, Sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com; or James Miller (225) 578-9652, jmille1@lsu.edu

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USDA Week in Review Video Includes 'FoodKeeper' Application Segment

Baton Rouge, LA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Week in Review for April 10 includes the new food keeper app. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations and businesses across the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrfTyy3MHTQ&feature=youtube_gdata. The application is available for Android and Apple devices.

The “FoodKeeper” application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.

The application is part of a larger effort between USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. Launched in 2013, the Food Waste Challenge calls on participants across the food chain – farms, agricultural processors, food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, universities, schools, and local governments – to join efforts to:
  • Reduce food waste by improving product development, storage, shopping/ordering, marketing, labeling, and cooking methods;
  • Recover food waste by connecting potential food donors to hunger relief organizations like food banks and pantries; and,
  • Recycle food waste to feed animals or to create compost, bioenergy, and natural fertilizers.
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Friday, April 10

SU Ag Center Recognizes Trailblazers at Procurement Conference

L-r: Ingrid Thibodeaux, James Moore, and Rene Randle
BATON ROUGE, LA – The SU Ag Center held a successful Annual Procurement entitled “Connecting Businesses to Contracts Conference” at Southern University’s Smith Brown Memorial Union, on April 9, with nearly 300 participants.  During the Panel Entrepreneur discussion, three trailblazers who led the session were recognized. The speakers James Moore, Expert Maintenance and Construction Company; Ingrid Thibodeaux, Citi Approved Thibodeaux Construction; and Rene Randle, Unique Creation explained their individual journey to success. They encouraged participants to remain faithful, resilient and optimistic in the face of challenges in seeking breakthrough opportunities. At the end of the discussion, the speakers entertained questions from the audience.

The goal of the conference is always to stimulate the economy by aligning existing and potential business owners, small contractors, non-profit organizations, and others with contracting officers, and purchasing agents, as well as providing an outlet to network and exchange information and ideas. Participants who attend the conference repeatedly report their reason as the opportunity to network.

Participating exhibitors included: USACE, New Orleans; U.S. Department of  Navy; Entergy; USDA; Weeks Marine; Textron; Dyn McDermott; Department of Energy; SPAWAR; USDA NRCS; Southern University Purchasing; Capital One; LED; LA Secretary of State; GSA; Cajun Constructors; FDIC; TruFund; LA-PTAC; LSBDC; Manson Construction Company; EBR Fair Share; EBR Purchasing; Perez; WSI Expert Solutions; Barksdale AFB; Department of Army – Fort Polk; Chevron; Veterans Administration; Marine Corps Reserve;  Minerals Management; USACE-ERDC Vicksburg; NASA, Stennis; Gibbs Construction; Mike Hooks; Core Construction; Hunt-Gibbs-Boh-Metro Joint Venture, and more…

The conference was organized by Gloria London who can be reached at (225) 771-4107 e-mail gloria_london@suagcenter.com or Eual Hall at (225) 771-4105 e-mail     eual_hall@suagcenter.com

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Thursday, April 9

SU Ag Center Targets Extension Agents in Food Safety Training

Dr. Malekian training participants
Baton Rouge, La - National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Protection Certification program provides high-quality food safety materials for the restaurants and food service industry.  The ServSafe program is recognized and accepted by more federal, state, and local jurisdiction than any other food safety program.  Benefits of the ServSafe Food Protection manager certifications are: Validation of professional credibility, national accreditation as food protection manager, which is accepted in all 50 states; have the knowledge and tools to keep food safe; and last but not least, to share knowledge gained with others.

Extension agents educate the citizens statewide on food and nutrition, healthy food choices and preparation and safety techniques.  Dr. Fatemeh Malekian, ServSafe instructor, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center faculty has been offering food safety certification program to the public for over 20 years.  She conducted a ServSafe training session for extension agents on March 26 in order to share the new and updated information about food safety.   Food safety is a critical necessity for any dining and serving food experiences. Therefore, the goal was to provide the same program for the Extension agents.  The training took place at SU Ag Center building and 22 Extension agents participated in an all-day session.  Topics covered included: Providing Safe food; The Micro world Contamination; Food Allergens; Food borne illnesses; The Safe Food Handler; Ensuring proper Personal Hygiene; and The Flow of Food. The introduction to Flow of Food included  purchasing and receiving; storage;  preparing; cooking and serving; Sanitary Facilities and Pest management; Food Safety Regulation Standard and  Employee Food Safety Training.  At the end of the day, participants took a 90-questions test.  The tests were sent out to ServSafe headquarters, where they were graded and the results along with certificates returned to Dr. Malekian for distribution to the participants.  All the 22 participants were successful on the test.  The certificates are valid for five years.

“This training was one of the most successful ones because the Extension agents were very engaging, interested, and enthusiastic about learning the food safety principals,” said Malekian.

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SU Ag Center Announces Event Changes

Announcement
Baton Rouge, La - The Southern University Ag Center is hereby announcing changes in a couple of events in April.

Cancellation: The Horse Show and Trail Ride scheduled for April 10-11 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena has been postponed until further notice due to bad weather forecast.

Location change: The venue for the Small Ruminant Field Day scheduled for April 18 has been changed to the SU Ag Center in A. O. Williams Hall.

We apologize for any inconveniences these changes may cause our participants.

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SU Ag Center Joins Community Partners to Revitalize Baton Rouge Neighborhoods

video
Planting seedlings raised by SU Ag Center

Cultivating for the good of the community
Baton Rouge, La – The Southern University Ag Center along with other community partners like Exxon, Baton Rouge Green, and volunteers joined Reverend James Snowden to turn a vacant land, previously “an eye sore” into a blooming garden in a North Baton Rouge neighborhood. The reverend acquired this land by adjudication but could do nothing much with it until the SU Ag Center helped secure a grant from the Mayor’s Office. With the grant, the land was fenced around and with seeds and technical assistance from the SU Ag Center, the plot now boasts of several seasonal vegetables. The garden which is much needed in the area designated as a food desert by the US Department of Agriculture provides a place for children to play, exercise in a productive way, planting, harvesting and eating fresh carrots, cucumbers, greens and tomatoes.  The community is now picking an interest in the garden because they see positive results and want to share in the growth.

On April 7, EBR Mayor/President Melvin “Kip” Holden joined 2,600 other mayors across the country to recognize the 2015 National Service Day at the Alpine Community Garden with speakers from various partnering entities including Rev. Snowden. Following the press release, volunteers, children and adults from the community planted seedlings raised by staff of the SU Ag Center.

The Alpine Community Garden is located on Chestnut Street off Scenic Hwy. Rev. Snowden pastors Alpine Baptist Church and supervises the garden. The garden has breathed new life into the community by providing healthy food and relationship for members of the community.

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Wednesday, April 8

USDA Announces 'FoodKeeper' Application on World Health Day

Baton Rouge, LA – The U.S. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations and businesses across the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. On World Health Day, April 7th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reaffirmed its commitment to reduce food waste with the launch of a new food application. The application is available for Android and Apple devices.

Developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.

The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.

"This application will help reduce food waste by showing users how to store foods properly, and reminding them to use items before they are likely to spoil," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This can help consumers save money and reduce the amount of safe food going to landfills."
The application features include the following:
  • Specific product pages for more than 400 items. These offer users storage timelines for the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.
  • Cooking tips for meat, poultry, seafood and egg products. Cooking advice is offered to ensure users prepare these products in ways that eliminate foodborne bacteria.
  • Calendar integration, which allows users to enter the purchase date for products and offers notifications when products are nearing the end of their recommended storage date.
  • Users can search the application with swipe gestures or voice control.
  • If a user has not found the information they are looking for about a product, they can submit a question to USDA using the 'Ask Karen' feature of the application. 'Ask Karen' is USDA's 24/7 virtual representative. The system provides information about preventing foodborne illness and safe food handling, storage, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.
The application is part of a larger effort between USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. Launched in 2013, the Food Waste Challenge calls on participants across the food chain – farms, agricultural processors, food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, universities, schools, and local governments – to join efforts to:
  • Reduce food waste by improving product development, storage, shopping/ordering, marketing, labeling, and cooking methods;
  • Recover food waste by connecting potential food donors to hunger relief organizations like food banks and pantries; and,
  • Recycle food waste to feed animals or to create compost, bioenergy, and natural fertilizers.
By joining the Challenge, organizations and businesses demonstrate their commitment to reducing food waste, helping to feed the hungry in their communities, and reducing the environmental impact of wasted food. The Challenge's inventory of activities will help disseminate information about the best practices to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste and stimulate the development of more of these practices. The FoodKeeper application will help reduce the amount of food going to landfills and minimize resources lost producing food that doesn't end up eaten, enhancing the goals of the Food Waste Challenge.

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SU Ag Center to Sponsor AgMagic 2015

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will sponsor the LSU AgCenter's AgMagic, an interactive, visually stimulating, educational experience for young children and their families. Kids will learn about the important connections between agriculture, the environment and their lives. The event will take place at the Parker Coliseum in Baton Rouge on Highland Road near the south gates of LSU, April 25-26.

For more information & fun stuff, visit: LSUAgCenter.com/AgMagic or http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/4H/Kids/AgMagic/

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SU Ag Center Annual Horse Show and Trail Ride Event Postponed

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will NOT host its 45th Annual Horse Show and Trail Ride due to weather concerns.  Heavy rain is in the forecast for Friday, April 10.  We regret any inconveniences this cancellation may cause you.

For further detail, please contact Christie Monroe at 225-771-4350 or via email: christie_monroe@suagcenter.com; Skeeter Davis at 225-235-5568; Evelyn Jackson at 225-603-2787 or any SU Posse Members near you.

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Monday, April 6

SU Ag Center’s Small Ruminant Field Day Venue has changed

Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Ag Center will hold a Small Ruminant Field Day on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Ashford O. Williams Hall, Southern University Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70813.This educational event is open to everyone who is currently involved with goat and sheep production or those interested in learning more about raising small ruminants.

Topics will cover: Herd Health, Marketing, Forage Management, Composting, and much more; demonstrations & hands-on sessions include Wet Lab (Fecal Egg Count), Goat Meat Product Development & Tasting, and Practical Animal Husbandry Techniques.

There is no charge for this field day. Registration will begin at 8:00 am atAshford O. Williams Hall, Southern University Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70813, and the program ends at 2:00 pm.

For more information, contact:
Sebhatu Gebrelul at (225) 771-3841, Sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com; or
James Miller (225) 578-9652, jmille1@lsu.edu

 
 

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