Friday, January 30

SU Ag Center Scientist to Discuss Alternative Fuel Sources at USDA Webinar



Using Louisiana’s native grasses as a source of fuel

Baton Rouge, LAMarlin Ford, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center, will present his findings on the use of Louisiana’s native grasses as an alternative fuel source and the benefits of using biofuels during the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) webinar, “Getting to YES on Element 10 through Transportation Alternatives.”

The webinar, which is part of the USDA’s Sustainable Operations (SusOps) Peer Learning Webinar Series, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. The online training will focus on strategies for reducing fuel use, increasing alternative transportation options and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Other topics to be covered include:

·         Net Zero Fleet Pilot Study
·         Electric Bicycles, Clean and Green Transportation Alternative
·         Elective No Idling Policy

Ford has been employed with the Southern University Ag Center since 2012. He has overseen the implementation, operation and secured funding for the native grass research project since 2013.

He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A&M College and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Urban Forestry from Grambling State University and Southern University, respectively. Ford also holds a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in General Studies with minor degrees in Landscape Architecture and Geography from Louisiana State University.

To join the webinar visit, https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/susops/ and follow the instructions listed on the right of the screen.

A conference line will also be available for audio only. To access the conference call line, dial 888.844.9904 and use the pass code 6194008.

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SU Ag Center and Division of Ag to hold 21st Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

2014 contest in session
Baton Rouge, LA – The SU Ag Center and the Division of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences will host the 21st  Annual Black History Quiz Bowl on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Auditorium.  Previous Black History Quiz Bowls were enjoyable, exciting and successful. Once again, we are encouraging all divisions, clubs and other organizations and individual students within the college to form student teams.  Although we strongly encourage students from our college to participate, teams can include members from other colleges. Faculty encouragement of students has always been a very crucial part of getting enough teams registered for this event. Your cooperation and encouragement are very critical as always. 

Each team will consist of four players, one of whom should serve as captain.  Divisions and organizations can form more than one team if they so choose, and are encouraged to do so.  Competition is open to all students.  Books and plaques will be awarded.

Teams must sign the roster in the Dean's complex by Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in order to participate.  A variety of topics will be covered, including current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment. A study guide is attached.  Study guide and students registration are also available via email at obandele@cox.netRegistration forms are also available in the Division of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Office in Fisher Hall, Rm 102. 

Volunteers are also needed to serve as judges, time keepers, and official scorers.  Volunteers who can assist in this year's Black History Quiz Bowl should contact Dr. Owusu Bandele at 225-284-0063 or obandele@cox.net

For further assistance, contact Dr. Owusu Bandele at 225- 284- 0063 or obandele@cox.net

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Thursday, January 29

SU Ag Center Hibiscus Research Stands Out in North Louisiana Ag Expo

Snowden, left, shares information with some event participants
Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center staff comprising of researchers and extension agents participated in the 33rd Annual North Louisiana Agri-Business Council Ag Expo on January 16-17. This event, which was held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., educated the community of the various day-to-day aspects of agriculture and science. The Ag Expo brings to the forefront innovative agricultural products, practices and advances in technology. The event was attended by over 10,000 people from Louisiana, South Arkansas, East Texas and Mississippi.

The Southern University Ag Center’s booth highlighted the various methods of urban and conventional gardening and distributed by-products of those techniques. Drs. Janana Snowden, Research Associate, and Vanessa Ferchaud, Research Associate, received high recognition for their research group’s work with the hibiscus (Roselle Sabdariffa) plant. Approximately 900 observers had the opportunity to sample hibiscus tea, which was prepared by the SUAREC staff, and learn of the many health benefits that the plant provides. Over 600 copies of publications were disseminated with nearly 200 hibiscus seed packets provided to farmers interested in growing the plant. This Roselle hibiscus exhibition was inspired by project director, Dr. Kit L. Chin, Professor Plant & Soil Sciences, along with research team member, Dr. Yadong Qi, Professor of Urban Forestry, and funded by USDA/NIFA project #2012-38821-20092.

"Dr. Janana Snowden and Dr. Vanessa Ferchaud really represented the Southern Ag Center very well.  They had some timely publications and educational information regarding Hibiscus sabdariffa for the public which was very well received along with significant interest. I think the most impressive thing about these two researchers was their ability and willingness to discuss the Southern University Ag Center as well as their research project on Hibiscus sabdariffa with the public.  Snowden and Ferchaud’s performance this weekend certainly made North Louisiana more aware of a Southern University Ag Center and many wanting more," praised Rafash Brew, Area Horticulture Specialist, Northeast Region, LSU AgCenter.

In addition to representing the Southern University Ag Center, the team also attended a luncheon where Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain was the keynote speaker. He emphasized the importance of agriculture and international trade through Louisiana’s five ports.
Overall, the 33rd North Louisiana Agri-Business Council Ag Expo provided great exposure for the SUAREC’s research and extension endeavors in the community and also provided an advocate of recruitment for the Southern University System.

For more information about Hibiscus sabdariffa, contact Drs. Kit Chin, Yadong Qi,
Janana Snowden or Vanessa Ferchaud at: (225-771-2242).

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Monday, January 26

Ag Center & Farm Service Agency to Offer Producer Trainings on the New Farm Bill Program


Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center employees along with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Louisiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present a series of in-person training opportunities available for Louisiana’s producers through the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The presentation will also include the introduction of a web-based decision tool.

Regional meetings and dates are:

Tangipahoa Parish
January 27
1 p.m.
St. Helena Multi-Purpose Center
31676 Highway 16
Amite, LA
To register, contact Ahmad Robertson at 225.222.4136, 985.748.9381 or e-mail ahmad_robertson@suagcenter.com.

Morehouse Parish
January 29
6 p.m.
LSU Agriculture Auditorium
9609 Marlatt Street,
Bastrop, LA    
To register, contact Odis Hill at 318.281.5741 or e-mail odis_hill@suagcenter.com.

St. Landry Parish
January 30
10 a.m.
Southern University Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives
1209 Diesi Street
Opelousas, LA
To register, contact DeLane Rose at 337.332.2181, 337.943.2410 or e-mail delane_ross@suagcenter.com.

Rapides Parish
February 4
9 a.m.
Extension Service Office
300 Grady Britt Drive
Alexandria, LA
To register, contact Terry Washington at 318.767.3968, 318.767.3971 or e-mail twashington@agcenter.lsu.edu.

East Baton Rouge Parish
February 4
7 p.m.
Chaneyville Community Center
13211 Jackson Road
Zachary, LA
To register, contact Terrence Marshall at 225.389.3056 or e-mail terrence_marshall@suagcenter.com.

February 6
9 a.m.
Southern University Ag Center
Ashford O. Williams Hall
Baton Rouge, LA
To register, contact Zanetta Augustine at 225.771.2242 or e-mail zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com.

"This training will establish a critical link between the 2014 Farm Bill and producers by providing a greater understanding of program options as well as use of the web-based decision tool," said Craig A. McCain, FSA State Executive Director. "This is only the beginning of the educational process. Additional local meetings will be held in the weeks to come."


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Thursday, January 22

SU Ag Center Project Provides Food Safety Training in Armenia

Malekian, left,  leads HACCP training session in Armenia
SU Ag Center Project Provides Food Safety Training in Armenia
Baton Rouge, La - During the week of December 12, 2014, Fatemeh Malekian, Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at the Southern University Ag Center provided training on Retail Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to food handlers in Yerevan, Armenia.  HACCP is a preventive system to ensure safe food production. The training started with introductions of participants and subject matter, followed by the trainees gathering into small teams of 4-5 members. Each team was based on HACCP principles. To give all participants equal footing, the basics of the training were focused on Serving Safe Food “ServSafe” and sanitation slides, gradually moving into the full HACCP details. The session consisted of brainstorming, discussions, questions and answers and menu grouping. 

At the end of the five-day training, each team was able to produce a useable Retail HACCP plan for their facilities. The training concluded with team presentations and distribution of certificates to participants. 

The trainees expressed their collective appreciation for the opportunity offered to them through the partnership of United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development, an Armenian farm service center, Southern University and LSU Ag Centers.

A news release from the LSU AgCenter on January 16, 2015 entitled “AgCenter project teaches food safety in Armenia” details the involvement of the two Ag Centers and the relevance and impact of the HACCP training in Armenia, which has been on-going for several years. The full article is available online on the LSU AgCenter website at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/2015/January/headline_news/AgCenter-project-teaches-food-safety-in-Armenia.htm

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Tuesday, January 20

USDA Week in Review January 16

Baton Rouge, LA - A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This week features farming's future, improving water quality, and an American dream house. Watch the video at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=thisweek

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SU Ag Center’s Urban Forestry Program Leader Serves on the Baton Rouge Green Board

Baton Rouge, LA - Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D., Urban Forestry Program Leader and research scientist at the Southern University Ag Center has been appointed to serve as a member of the Baton Rouge Green Board. 

At the Baton Rouge Green Arbor Day celebration, Dr. Abdollahi, who also serves as the Graduate Director of Southern University Urban Forestry Program, expressed his appreciation for being given the opportunity to serve on the board.

"The field of Urban Forestry plays a significant role in education, research and outreach for improving the quality of life of our communities. Southern University's Urban Forestry Program is working with Baton Rouge Green and the US Forest Service to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge through tree planting and outreach activities based on scientific findings through research. Events such as this Baton Rouge Green Arbor Day are vital for providing communities with scientific information about the importance of our urban forests,” Dr. Abdollahi said.

The Baton Rouge Green organized an Arbor Day luncheon at LSU on Friday, January 16, 2015, and the highlight of the keynote speech is available online at: http://theadvocate.com/news/11325918-123/an-urban-forest-can-help

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Saturday, January 17

Impact of Goats on the Weeds Choking America

Baton Rouge, La - Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center is always sharing new information to enhance the life of small farmers in Louisiana.  Recent research findings are demonstrating a new trend of using goats to clear the land of unwanted plants in the United States and globally.

Agricultural uses of goats in America: Clearing land of invasive plant species; providing meat and hide; milk, butter and cheese; and mohair fiber.

Goats have started to make an impact on the weeds choking America. A recent BBC News Magazine report says, “Typically, chemicals and/or machinery are used to clear away fast-growing invasive plants, but both methods have their drawbacks. Chemicals can contaminate soil and are not effective in stopping new seeds from sprouting. Pulling plants out by machine can disturb the soil and cause erosion.”

Follow this link to read the full article on the new trend in goat business.
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Friday, January 16

CoC helps African-American men kick the habit


Baton Rouge, LAThe Communities of Color Network (CoC) in the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center is helping male smokers quit the habit with its new African-American Male Cessation Initiative.

Through educational awareness workshops, the initiative will provide African-American men with cessation resources and information about free services that may be available to help them stop smoking.

These services include nicotine gum, patches and prescriptions, but they must complete an application to see if they qualify. CoC employees will be available to assist with the completion of the application process during several kick-off events that will be held throughout the state.

Kick-off locations and dates are:

Jefferson Parish
January 22nd
3:00 p.m.
Bridge City Community Center
301 3rd Street
Bridge City, LA  70094

Contact Person: Hendrix Broussard
504.228.4391
hendrix_broussard@suagcenter.com

Iberville Parish
January 28th
6:30 p.m.
Greater St. Mary Baptist Church
58820 W. W. Harleaux Street
Plaquemine, LA   70764

Contact Person: Frankie Poland
225.771.6237
frankie_poland@suagcenter.com


St. Landry Parish
January 31st
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives
1209 Diesi Street
Opelousas, LA 70570

Contact: Troy Kennedy
337.943.2410
troy_kennedy@suagcenter.com

Rapides Parish
January 26th
6:30 p.m.
Christian Love Center
3515 Hudson Blvd.
Alexandria, LA  71302

Contact: Shawntell Harrell
318.767.3968
shawntell_harrell@suagcenter.com

Caddo Parish
January 22nd
11 a.m.
Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Doctor Martin Luther King Drive
Jessie Stone Building       
Shreveport, LA 71107

Contact: Urina Holt
318.670.9633
urina_holt@suagcenter.com

"This initiative will begin the process of improving and perpetuating the health and well-being of African-American males,” stated Linda Early Brown, Communities of Color Network Director.  “When this population upholds a tobacco-free lifestyle, they will affect change throughout their circle of influence and positive health outcomes will be imminent."

Non-smokers are invited to attend and learn how they can encourage their family members and friends to stop smoking.

Funding for the initiative is provided through a smoking cessation trust grant by the Louisiana Public Health Institute/The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living.

The Communities of Color Network provides support and technical assistance to African-American communities to ensure they are well-informed about the dangers of tobacco, and understand how to protect themselves from unhealthy exposure.

Its mission is to eliminate health inequalities caused by or related to tobacco use among Louisiana communities of color by building coalitions, increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco, and reducing tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke exposure.

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Youth Invited to Participate in Free Horse Seminar


Teaching youth practical skills on horse care
                                                      
Baton Rouge, LA – The Horse Show Program at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will kick-off its 2015 horse seminar series for youth on Sunday, January 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, Hwy. 61 North in Baker, La.

The seminars, which are free and open to youth aged three to 18, will be held on the third Sunday of every month until the end of the year and will focus on a different topic each month. This week’s topic will be, “Taking care of your horse.”

The youth will receive information in a classroom setting along with hands-on training. Snacks will also be provided.

To pre-register for the seminar or for additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Horse Show Program, call 225.771.6208.

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Monday, January 12

SU Ag Center Mourns the Loss of Specialist Wilbert Harris



Baton Rouge, LAThe Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center mourns the loss of Wilbert Harris, Technology Specialist with the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives. Harris passed away at his home on Friday, January 9.

Harris touched the lives of thousands of Louisiana citizens through the numerous computer literacy, social media and technology classes that he taught throughout the state. Harris also installed computers and provided technical support to more than 10 Rural Technology Centers in East and West Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. Helena, East Feliciana, Evangeline, St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, Tangipahoa and Rapides Parishes.

 Funeral service information:

Place of Service: Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA
Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Funeral Service: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 (10 AM)
Interment: Winnfield Memorial Park

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USDA Week in Review for January 9

Baton Rouge, La - Each week, the United States Department of Agriculture shares a short video of the week.  Last week the USDA looked at animals and soils.  Dr. Martin Luther King and his impact on the world are also mentioned. The video is available at:
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SU Ag Center Completes Spring Convocation

L-r: Brown, Mason, Rogers, Eubanks welcome employees
Opening session
Mrs. Althea Thomas recognized for 13 years of service
Ms. Sharon Wilder recognized for 11 years of service
Community & Economic Development concurrent session
Family & Human Development concurrent session
Agriculture & Natural Resources concurrent session
Baton Rouge, La - The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center held its 2015 Spring Convocation and Planning Meeting culminating in a kickoff  of the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Land-Grant Act during the January SU System Board Meeting.
                
The three-day convocation, which was held January 7-9, brought SU Ag Center employees from across the state together in A. O. Williams Hall to share progress reports, clientele needs and strategic plans for the year. Administrators, faculty and staff convened to review the state of the Center while planning strategic ways of moving forward. The 2015 convocation was unique because it also brought research, extension and teaching staff together to collectively strategize working models that will ensure the improved well-being of all the Center’s stakeholders.

During the opening session, Southern University System President Ronald Mason joined the SU Ag Center’s Adell Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research and Gina E. Eubanks, Vice Chancellor for Extension, to bring greetings to employees. In their opening remarks, Drs. Brown and Mason brought hope and inspiration for the future of the Ag Center and the Southern University System, despite anticipated budget cuts for the Louisiana Higher Education System.

Concurrent Sessions consisted of five main areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Community and Economic Development; Family and Human Development; Nutrition and Health; and Youth Development. Other discussion topics included Finance, Technology/Communication, Plan of Work/Reporting, Data/Cyber Security and Human Resources.
     
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Tuesday, January 6

SU Ag Center to Hold Convocation-January 7-9

Baton Rouge, La - The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will hold its 2015 Spring Convocation and Planning Meeting and kick off the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Land-Grant Act.  This year marks the 125th year of the Second Morrill Act, which has produced brilliant scholars, outstanding research and extension programs and continues to hold a bright future for African Americans across the nation. The SU Ag Center has taken the charge to educate the largest Historically Black University system and Louisiana citizens on the importance of the Act and its impact on the nation’s agricultural system.
               
The three-day convocation will bring SU Ag Center employees from across the state together in A. O. Williams Hall to share progress reports, clientele needs and strategic plans for the year. Administrators, faculty and staff convene once a year to review the state of the Center while planning on strategic ways of moving forward. The 2015 Convocation is unique because it will also bring research, extension and teaching staff together to strategize on working better together to ensure improved well-being of all stakeholders.

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Monday, December 15

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator to hold stakeholder conference call

Baton Rouge, La – You are invited to join USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator, Val Dolcini, for a stakeholder conference call on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm, to review Secretary Vilsack’s announcement last week regarding the new Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).  The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.  Free basic coverage plans and premium discounts available for new, underserved and limited income farmers. If the application deadline for an eligible crop has already passed, producers will have until Jan. 14, 2015, to choose expanded coverage

This is a conference call. 

WHO: Val Dolcini, Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency 
Mike Schmidt, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs

WHAT:   USDA Administrator Dolcini will host a stakeholder conference call to provide information on the new Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., EDT.

DIAL: 1-888-844-9904
Access code: 5411576

RSVP: Not required, but requested: todd.atkinson@wdc.usda.gov

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Tuesday, December 9

Deadline For Nominations To Agriculture Hall of Distinction Approaching



Baton Rouge, LA - The nomination deadline for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is Monday, Dec. 15. The inductees will be recognized at a reception and dinner at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 5, 2015. 

The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com  or through a parish SU/LSU AgCenter extension office. 

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is a joint effort of the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Radio Network and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and is designed to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture or agriculture-related industries. Nominations can represent farming, ranching, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, education or agribusiness. 

This is the second year for the hall of distinction program. Last year, Dennis Aucoin, a logger from Clinton, Clarence Berken, a rice farmer from Lake Arthur, and the late Ellis S. Martin, a forester from Alexandria, were the inductees. 

For more information, contact Don Molino with Louisiana Radio Network at 225-291-2727, ext. 210, or don@louisianaradionetwork.com or Bobby Soileau with the LSU AgCenter at 225-578-3659 or bsoileau@agcenter.lsu.edu


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USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to Dec. 19


Baton Rouge, LA - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

"The 2014 Farm Bill created these safety net programs to provide safeguards against the uncertainty of weather and markets, but this safety net is not automatic. Producers must visit their local Farm Service Agency office to enroll before December 19," said Vilsack. "Despite the best forecasts, weather and markets can change, so a modest investment today can protect against unexpected losses tomorrow."

"For just $100, a farmer can cover 90 percent of production at $4 margin swings, and with affordable incremental premiums, dairy farmers can cover up to $8 margin swings," said Vilsack. "Those who apply this year will receive a slight increase in production protection that will not be available in the future. Farmers who do not sign up for the Margin Protection Program for 2015 will forfeit the 1 percent base production increase. For a 400 cow operation, this would equate to an additional 80,000 pounds of milk that are eligible for coverage. It's a small step to take to ensure your business is covered."

Vilsack encourages producers to use the online Web resource at, http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool 
to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. They can type in specific operation data and explore price projections and market scenarios to determine what level of coverage is best for them. They can also compare the data to see how the program would have helped in previous years, such as 2008, when margins dropped from $8 to $3 in just three months. The online resource is on a secure website that can be accessed from computers, mobile phones or tablets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

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Bright Futures Community Learning Center Starts a Fall Garden



Baton Rouge, LA - Students at the Bright Futures Community Learning Center in Donaldsonville, LA were eager to get started planting their fall garden. Everyone played their part from assembling the raised beds, shoveling dirt, planting, watering the plants, hauling dirt with the wheel barrow and snapping pictures to the clean – up of the area after the activity was completed. 

Despite the threats of rain, the students completed the garden and are looking forward to taking care of and harvesting it. The students and volunteers planted red cabbage, green onions, strawberries, lettuce, and other fall vegetables. 

Garden participants are taught Nutrition Education by Lisa Weber and will utilize the harvest of the garden in Nutrition Education classes, as well as, for after school snacks.  

The garden was facilitated by Southern University Ag Center's Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate in Community Gardens; Lisa Weber, Nutrition Educator and led by De’Shoin Friendship York, Nutrition Specialist. The project's start date was November 5, 2014. Other adult volunteers included Joyce Gaignard, Michael Chatman and Harold Gaignard. 

Bright Futures Community Learning Center, which is run by Donna Gaignard, CEO,  serves an average of 60 students who are enrolled in summer programs, after-school activities and tutoring. 


For more information about the project, contact Lisa Weber at 225-562-2326 or lisa_weber@suagcenter.com.

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Wednesday, December 3

SU Ag Center 4-H Program to Receive $75,200 Award from the National 4-H Council



Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Ag Center's 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) National Mentoring Program has received an award in the amount of $75,200 from the National 4-H Council, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

"This amount is based on your requested award amount and the projected youth reach in your submitted proposal, which Council has reviewed and recommended for funding," stated Sally Miske, National 4-H Financial Management Director, in a letter informing the Ag Center of the council's intention to fund the program.

The SU Ag Center's 4-H LIFE program seeks to rebuild broken family units who have been impacted by parental incarceration.  The 4-H National Mentoring project engages youth ages 5 to 17 in interactive family activities that include the incarcerated parent and the caregiver.  The program is continuing its implementation in both East Baton Rouge and St. Landry Parishes. 

For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center's 4-H LIFE program contact Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin, Program Coordinator, tiffany_franklin@suagcenter.com or  Milissia John-Baptiste, Program Assistant, milissia_jbaptiste@suagcenter.com, at 225-771-2242.



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SU Ag Center to Host 'Santa’s Healthy Living Workshop' in St. Helena Parish




Greensburg, LA - The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) will host its first 'Santa's Healthy Living Workshop' on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Forest Festival Park in Greensburg, LA. The workshop will follow the town's Annual Christmas Parade.

During the workshop, young Christmas enthusiast will create healthy, edible arts and crafts in an effort to promote healthy snacking habits and teach youth about the benefits of eating healthy foods.

Teens between the ages of 13 -18 will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of becoming an Ambassador for the SUAREC's Healthy Living Initiative for Youth and many ways they can join in on the "Healthy Fun!"

For more information, contact Nicolette Gordon in St. Helena Parish on Tuesday and Thursday at, 225-222-4136 and in Tangipahoa Parish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at, 985-748-9381.

This article was written by Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent for St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes.

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