Friday, October 24

SU Ag Center holds “Pack the Pantry Project” with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank


Baton Rouge, LA - In celebration of National Food Day, the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center has partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to hold a 'Pack the Pantry Project.' 

This event is being held to assist the food bank in its mission to feed the hungry in its eleven parish service area.

With the holiday season swiftly approaching this may be a difficult time of the year for many families.  For this reason all SU Ag Center employees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item. Employees can place their donation in the food bank barrel located in the lobby of the Ag Center until November 7, 2014.

If you have any questions about the SU Ag Center’s Pack the Pantry Project, please contact Milissia John-Baptiste, De’Shoin Friendship, or Tiffany Franklin at 225-771-2242. 

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

LaKeeshia Giddens
(225) 771-2160

lakeeshia_giddens@suagcenter.com

Tuesday, October 21

SU Ag Center: Louisiana Students Appear in 2014 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Video


Baton Rouge, LA - Farm Credit has shared a video focusing on the 2014 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) which was held in Washington, D. C. on July 6th - 11th. Several students from East Baton Rouge and St. Landry parishes who attended the program appear in the video.

The video can be viewed on YouTube by using the following link:

http://youtu.be/nv5ynB7Un3I?list=UU1lZkJAGXDpmIcA8ZLm5nHQ

Students who were selected to attend CWF 2014 were: Ronjacoby Bell, Maya Stevenson, Maya Ster-ling, Dwayne Smith, Jr., John Zacharie, and Anthony Jack. The youth were accompanied by two chaperones, Ms. Tara Hollins and Mrs. Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin. Ms. Hollins is a science teacher at Southern Lab School and Mrs. Wilkerson-Franklin is the Project Coordinator, SU Ag Center.

CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19. The program provides opportunities for young people to: strengthen communication, leadership and other citizenship skills on a national level; understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders; and exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.

For additional information about  4-H programs offered through the Southern University Ag Center, contact Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin at 225.771.2242.

Thursday, October 16

SU Ag Center Staff Travels To China To Promote Ag Development


Baton Rouge, LA – Five members of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center faculty and staff will travel to China to exchange knowledge and technology in the area of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate with Chinese scientists and officials.

The visit, which will be from October 17-30, is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Foreign Agricultural Service’s Scientific Exchange Program (SCEP) with the People’s Republic of China.

The objective of SCEP is to promote bilateral scientific exchange to promote agricultural cooperation, development, and trade between the United States and China. The Southern University Ag Center hosted six scientists from China in June of 2012. This travel will allow China to host a delegation from the SU Ag Center.

This isn’t the SU Ag Center’s first experience with international exchange. The SU Ag Center was accepted into the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program in 2011. The program provided U.S.-based agribusiness and collaborative research training to African women from Kenya and Malawi.

“Because of the great reputation of the Southern University Ag Center with international exchange, the USDA approached us about applying for the SCEP,” said Fatemeh Malekian, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the SU Ag Center and Project Director of the program.

“We are going to get to see a very diverse view of China’s agriculture,” said Malekian. The group will travel to Beijing; Harbin, Heilongjiang Province and Nanning, Guangxi Province during their two-week visit. “Our goal is to learn from the way they are looking at agriculture and apply it here at SU,” she added.

The delegates going to China are: Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, Fatemeh Malekian; Coordinator for Planning and Evaluation, Oscar Udoh, Ph.D.; Professor of Animal Science, Sebhatu Gebrelul, Ph.D.; Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Professor of Design and Merchandising, Doze Butler, Ph.D. and Communications Specialist, Bridget Udoh, Ph.D.

The group will meet with the Chinese scientists who visited Southern, the staff of the National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center, the College of Economics and Management at the China Agricultural University, the Division of Market Information at the Agricultural Committee of Heilongjiang and Guangxi Provincial Department of Agriculture; visit extension agencies; manufacturers of ag-products, grains and poultry farms.

For additional information, contact Fatemeh Malekian at 225.771.2242.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714
bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

LaKeeshia D. Giddens – writer
(225) 771-2160 
lakeeshia_giddens@suagcenter.com

What You Need to Know About Ebola

Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center is making it easier for the clients in its 64-parish area to access information about the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Center has launched a page on its website with up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the transmission, signs and symptoms and prevention methods for the virus.

“With three Ebola infections in our neighboring state of Texas, it is paramount that the Southern University Ag Center provides the citizens of Louisiana with the information they need to make informed decisions about the virus and take note of the prevention methods that are available,” said Southern University Ag Center Chancellor, Leodrey Williams, Ph.D.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website, the state has been working to ready its public health and medical infrastructure. “While we certainly hope that we never have an Ebola case in Louisiana, we are committed to ensuring that our health care system and our emergency responders are prepared,” stated the website.

To view the Southern University Ag Center’s Ebola information page, visit www.suagcenter.com.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714
bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

LaKeeshia D. Giddens – writer
(225) 771-2160

Lakeeshia_giddens@suagcenter.com

Thursday, October 9

SU Ag Center 4-H National Youth Science Day Inspires Students

Chancellor Williams welcomes event participants

Students ready for competition

Hannah Davis, student, talks about the challenge

John Edwards, VP, CMC Corporate Solutions addresses students
L-r: Amy Sellers, Robert Lockett, BR Food Bank; Tiffany Franklin, Chancellor Williams,
SU Ag Center

Student contestant releases the rocket for his team
Baton Rouge, LA – Nearly 100 students in 5th – 9th grades from Southern University Laboratory and Park Ridge Magnet Schools filed into the Southern University Seymour Gym at 9 a.m. on October 8 to demonstrate the aerodynamic design of their self-propelled rockets.

The event was held in observance of 4-H National Youth Science Day. This year’s theme was “Rockets to the Rescue,” and the experiment challenged youth to use aerospace engineering to design a rocket that could deliver food to victims of a natural disaster.

Students also donated non-perishable food items to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank as part of their experiment. 

“This year’s event is more than building a rocket, it’s more about giving back to the community and helping others in need,” said Tiffany Franklin, Southern University Ag Center 4-H Program Coordinator.

In his welcome address, Chancellor Williams emphasized to the students that in order for STEM disciple to be complete, “A” (agriculture) must be added, changing it to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math; a strong indication of where our food and fiber come from.

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank representatives Amy Sellers and Robert Lockett also attended the event and explained the importance of donating food to those in need.

CMC Corporate Solutions Vice President of Business Development, John Edwards, served as the keynote speaker for the event. In his current role, John is managing CMC’s business activities while creating and implementing strategies and coordinating cross business growth initiatives.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University in 2003 and a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University in 2010.

Edwards talked to the youth about the opportunities available in the engineering field, encouraged the students to become disciplined and to use their knowledge in science, technology and mathematics to help solve some of the challenges that we currently face.

“No matter where you go or what you do; what counts is what you leave behind,” said Edwards. “Self-respect is paramount to everything in your life.”

The students assembled into teams and took turns propelling their rockets at landing pads to see whose rocket could reach the farthest target. 

Teams Power Squad (25 points) and D’Elm Group (15 points), both from the Southern University Laboratory School, took home first and second place respectively. Teams Bumble Bee from the Southern University Laboratory School and PRAMS Dynamic 5 from Park Ridge Magnet School tied for third place with 10 points each.

A total of 129 students, staff and parents attended the 2014 4-H NYSD.

The event was covered by WAFB entitles, “Southern hosts 'Rockets to the Rescue'” available at http://www.wafb.com/story/26741351/southern-hosts-rockets-to-the-rescue; also, in the Advocate’s article titled “Reading, writing and rockets” featured on page 4B of the October 9th issue of the newspaper.
For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s 4-H programs, contact Tiffany Franklin at (225) 771-2775.

Writer: LaKeeshia D. Giddens, 225.771.2160, Lakeeshia_giddens@suagcenter.com

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

Friday, October 3

USDA Helps Former College Provost Start Goat Farm

Baton Rouge, LA - A former college provost wanted to start a goat farm so she turned to USDA for some help. The rest is history, Beverly Robinson, former Soperton, Georgia provost runs a thriving goat farm.  Robinson now raises forty goats on her ten acre farm.  Her video is available on YouTube at Goat Farmer.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

EBOLA Outreach: Child Care Providers and Head Start Centers

Baton Rouge, LA - In response to the Ebola threat, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has sent the message below to child care partners.

This update is in regards to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, and its potential impact on those that may travel to the region.

Guidance documents for child care centers have been posted on the CDC website, which can be accessed at the links below.



We hope that these resources help to educate and inform child care providers across the state. Please see the CDC webpage for the most current information.  To discuss a possible exposure, or report a suspected case, contact the Office of Public Health at 504-568-8313 or after hours 800-256-2748.

For additional information from the SU Ag Center, contact Dr. Kasundra Cyrus, Specialist, Family and Human Development, at 225-771-2032; or kasundra_cyrus@suagcenter.com

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714
bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com


Wednesday, October 1

SU Ag Center to Host 4-H National Youth Science Day

Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, LA – The SU Ag Center will host National Science Day on October 8, 2014 with experiment that challenges youth to use aerospace engineering to solve a global crisis.  East Baton Rouge Parish Youth will Send Rockets to the Rescue as Part of 4-H National Youth Science Day. On that day, youth from Park Ridge Academic Magnet and Southern Lab Schools will design and build an aerodynamic craft designed to deliver a payload of food to natural disaster victims as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD), the worlds largest, youth-led science experiment. The activity, called Rockets to the Rescue, was designed by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and selected as the winning experiment for the seventh annual 4-H NYSD. Youth all over the nation and some globally, will also conduct the same experiment at hundreds of local events taking place in all 50 states. To learn more about 4-H NYSD, visit www.4-h.org/nysd.

The event will take place on October 8, at Southern University Seymour Gymnasium from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Contact Tiffany Franklin at (225) 775-2775 for full detail. 

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

SU Ag Center to Celebrate National Food Day


Baton Rouge, LA - Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.  This is a day to resolve to make changes in our diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.  The 2014, Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers.

In celebration of NYSD, the SU Ag Center is hosting an event at the LSU/SU Ag Center in Mansura, Louisiana on Tuesday, October 7.  Contact Camellia Brown at 318-253-7526 for full details.

The Southern University Ag Center will celebrate the event with several activities in different parishes. Sharon Wilder, Nutrition Educator, East/West Carroll Parishes host an event at MCIO OAK GROVE HEAD START, October 20-24. The 51 students, ages 3-5, will learn about plants and container gardens. 
Marquetta Anderson and Kiyana Kelly, Nutrition Educators, East Baton Rouge, will host an October 22 for McKinley GED Center for adults. 

Nutrition Educator Camellia L. Brown, has teamed up with the Avoyelles Parish Head Start to celebrate healthy eating October 20-24 at LSU/SU Ag Center in Mansura, Louisiana. 

For additional information on food day events in your parish, contact the Nutrition Educator in your parish or Camellia Brown at 318-253-7526.  You may contact Tiffany Franklin or De’Shoin Friendship at 225-771-2242 for further assistance.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

Tuesday, September 30

SU Ag Center Administrator Recognized at Booker T. Washington Economic Summit

Baton Rouge, LA – Dr. Gina E. Eubanks, Vice Chancellor for Extension, SU Ag Center/Program Leader/Associate Vice Chancellor, LSU Ag Center, received an award at the 19th Annual Booker T. Washington Economic Summit at Tuskegee University, AL. The 2014 summit themed “Revitalizing Small Towns and Rural Communities through Entrepreneurship and Procurement Opportunities,” took place at the Tuskegee University Kellogg Conference Center September 24 -26.

The leadership award was presented to Dr. Eubanks during the Leadership Award and Business Success Story Luncheon on September 26.

The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit is a part of the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension program in Community Resources and Economic Development. This program area primarily focuses on community resources and leadership development, business and entrepreneurial development, individual and family financial management, and job preparedness in rural Alabama.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

Friday, September 26

SU Ag Center to Collaborate on E-Fuel Research with Tanzanian University

Front row l-r: F. Butterfield, T. Quinn, Hon. M. Lawson, M. Johnson, J. Harris
Back row l-r: M. Watson, K. Cain, K. Sanders, R. Miles, S. Johnson
Baton Rouge, LA – E-fuels enthusiasts gathered at SU Ag Center for an international conference with Bagamoyo University in Tanzania via skype. On Friday, September 26, members of Green Solar Louisiana, 360 Systems, E-Fuel System Technology and members of University of Bagamoyo held a virtual collaboration planning meeting on the SU Ag Center campus.

The purpose of the meeting was to strategically plan the best approach to introduce the University of Bagamoyo in Tanzania to 100% ethanol-based system while conducting research with Southern University on the full utilization of e-fuels. The long term plan includes establishing a train-the-trainer center in Louisiana for Tanzanians who will return home and train others in the commercial production of ethanol for diverse uses in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner. Private sector entities will lead the research between the two universities.

In attendance on the SU Ag Center campus were: Hon. Myron K. Lawson, Southern University Board of Supervisors; Reginald Miles, Phalanx LLC; Steve Johnson, Green Solar Louisiana/360 Systems; Jimmy Harris, H6 Energy; Tom Quinn, E-Fuel System Technology; Floyd Butterfield, E-Fuel System Technology; Kevin Cain, 360 Systems, LLC, CEO; Kevin Sanders Phalanx, LLC; Martin W. Johnson, President, Green Solar Louisiana; Morgan M. Watson, PE MEL, INC. Chris Rogers, Director of Technology Services at the SU Ag Center coordinated the meeting. Attendees on the University of Bagamoyo in Tanzania included of Dr. E. G. Mtalo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Bagamoyo; Godfrey Simbeye, Ana Matinde, Tanzanian Private Sector Foundation; Dr. Kamigisha, Unit Trust of Tanzania and Victor Akim, United Nations; Glenn E. Ford, Green Solar Louisiana, Chairman & University of Bagamoyo Board Member Designate; Bob Yona, Tanzania Manager, Green Solar Louisiana; Dr. Kasoga, Tanzanian Researcher, Green Solar Louisiana.

Dr. Kamran Abdollahi, professor and program director, Urban Forestry Program will coordinate the research at SU Ag Center and can be reached at 225-771-2242 or via email Kamran_abdollahi@suagcenter.com

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Contact:        
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

Tuesday, September 23

USDA Helps SNAP Recipients Find Jobs and Earn More Money

Baton Rouge, La – Once a week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture takes a look at some of its events and activities. The department's “Week in Review” for the week of September 19 included information on cutting edge conservation ideas; helping SNAP recipients find jobs and earn more money; and learning how healthy soils handle rain and runoff. Click here to watch a short video of the review.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

Monday, September 22

SU Ag Center: BOLD Program Video Available Online

Baton Rouge, LA - The BOLD Program at Southern University Research and Extension Center has shared a training video, which can be viewed on YouTube in two parts using the following links.  There is also a tab at the bottom of the first video which will link you to part II:



The Southern University Ag Center Building Opportunities through Leadership Development (BOLD) Program is led by Dr. Kenyetta Smith, Extension Assistant Specialist and Project Director, who can be reached at 225-771-5598 or kenyetta_smith@suagcenter.com

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Contact:        
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714
bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com



Thursday, September 18

SU Ag Center Grant Recipients Present at Annual PD Conference in Washington

Dr. Zhu Ning making oral presentation

Dr. Kamran Abdollahi making oral presentation
Baton Rouge, LA – The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards grants to select institutions from a pool of competitive proposals annually.  The 1890 Capacity Grants Program aims to build capacity among minority serving institutions with these funds focusing on teaching, research and extension.  Once a year, project directors of these USDA/NIFA awarded grants convene to share progress and impacts of their programs with the funding agency, and network with peers on new proposals. The PD conference took place September 15-17, 2014 in the USDA Headquarters, Washington DC.  On September 16, PDs from various 1890 land-grant institutions made oral presentations of their project findings to representatives from numerous USDA agencies and related entities at the USDA South Building on Independence Avenue. On the 17th, other participating project directors made poster presentations at the USDA NIFA Waterfront Center.

Seven participating PDs and Co-PDs represented the SU Ag Center this year at the conference with oral and poster presentations. Zhu Ning, Professor, urban forestry, made an oral presentation on “Strengthen Teaching and Learning in Urban Forestry through Climate Change Education.” Kamran Abdollahi, Professor and Program Director, urban forestry, also gave a talk on “Assessing Bioenergy Production Potential from Urban Forest Waste Biomass in Louisiana.”

Additionally, other PDs and co-PDs brought posters for display at the Waterfront Center from the SU Ag Center: Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, Assistant Extension Specialist - BOLD: Developing Leaders in Rural and Underserved Populations; Zhu Ning, Professor, urban forestry - Integrating Sustainability into Urban Forestry and Agriculture Education; Christie G. Monroe, Livestock Director - The Young Men’s Garden That Thrives; Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin, Extension Associate - Eradicating Food Deserts in Neighborhoods through the Development of School Gardens; Bridget Udoh, Communications Specialist and Oscar Udoh, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator – Strategies to Improve Farm and Business Efficiency Through Integrated Communication.

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Contact:        
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

bridget_udoh@suagcenter.com

Friday, September 12

SU Ag Center: Back-to-School Summit Encouraging to Youth

L-r: Chancellor Williams, Dr. Burke, Lt. Gen. Honore

Dr. Truth, gives keynote address to youth

Byron Starks interacts with youth after speaking

Isiah Marshall, St. Martinville Jr. High School

Mystique Dufort, Catahoula Elementary School

Shalyric Self, singer, songwriter
Baton Rouge, LA – On September 11, 2014, the Southern University Ag Center welcomed students, faculty and staff from schools in Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermillion Parishes to its 14th Back-to-School Summit for 8th graders at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette.  The event themed “Healthy Actions Produce Positive Youth” had Danna Andrus "Dr. Truth" serving as Keynote speaker.  Special appearances featured Cadet Cody LeBlanc, ULL Army, for the Presentation of Colors, and speech by Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (Retired), United States Army, in commemoration of 911.  Speakers included Byron Starks, Coach and Mentor, and Den Hussey, Motivational Speaker/MC. Shalyric Self provided entertainment.  Also prominent were Senator Elbert Guillory, LA State District 24; and Chancellor Leodrey Williams, SU Ag Center, with welcome greetings. 

Isiah Marshall, 8th grader from St. Martinville Junior High said he was happy for the opportunity to be there, and his take home message was to develop self-confidence, have a goal and stick to it.

“My brother is now in high school, and he told me about it because he attended in 8th grade,” Isiah said. 

Mystique Dufort, 8th grader from Catahoula Elementary School said the main lesson she took home from the summit was to believe in herself and not get misled by peers.

The event was covered by the Lafayette Advertiser and can be accessed by following this link.

Nearly three thousand student attendees received informational brochures along with school supplies from various agencies while learning from motivational speakers and video presentations.  Topics of discussion included a wide range of healthy living tips, from sexual conduct to drug abuse. The goal of the program is to give young people health alternative choices in life. The program targets eighth-graders because they are on the edge of becoming teenagers. Also in attendance were participating agencies and programs from surrounding parishes to show their support.

This annual summit is organized by the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, the satellite arm of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, under the leadership of Dr. Wanda Burke who can be reached at 225-771-5184 or (337) 943-2410; via email at wanda_burke@suagcenter.com

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714



Wednesday, September 10

SU Ag Center: US Department of Agriculture Provides Disaster Information to Farmers

Baton Rouge, LA – The USDA has made available information on different programs available to farmers during an emergency or disaster. Emergency Brochure for Farmers can be downloaded in PDF format at https://db.tt/aapot4SZ


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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

Tuesday, September 9

USDA: What the Farm Bill Means for New Farmers

Baton Rouge, LA - On Tuesday, September 9, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted a Google+Hangout to discuss what the Farm Bill means for new farmers.

The Hangout video entitled What the Farm Bill Means for New Farmers - With Deputy Secretary Harden is available online

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

Monday, September 8

USDA Shares Week in Review Video

Baton Rouge, La – The US Department of Agriculture shares a rundown of some of the key announcements, activities, and current events related to their work at USDA every week via a short video clip.

Week of September 5th highlights included U.S. food insecurity, lake algae, and adverse weather recovery assistance for farmers. Past videos are also available at the website.

Watch the video at www.usda.gov/thisweek.


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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

Thursday, September 4

September is National Preparedness Month

Baton Rouge, La – The SU Ag Center is committed to keeping Louisiana citizens informed at all times. Thus, be Disaster Aware! September is National Preparedness Month.


#NatlPrep launched on September 2nd through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.  The Ready campaign launched a successful New Year’s Thunderclap supporting “Resolve to Be Ready” in 2014 reaching 1,304,972 people.

This National Preparedness Month, Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. Resources are available at http://www.ready.gov/publications.
The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.
During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th.
Each week throughout National Preparedness Month will focus on different emergency preparation topics:
Week 1 - How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster
Week 2 - Know How to plan for specific needs before a Disaster
Week 3 – How to Build an Emergency Kit
Week 4 & 5 - How to Practice for an emergency

Ready.gov has all the information you need to start the conversation with your family including emergency kit checklists and disaster fact sheets.
For more information about National Preparedness Month visit: www.ready.gov/september

Register your PrepareAthon! Day event: www.ready.gov/prepare

Get ahead of the rush and get the toolkit now to start planning and promoting your preparedness events both online and offline. The toolkit includes tons of amazing resources and ideas to ensure that you're completely ready to inspire others to be disaster aware!

Disaster planning and preparedness can be your lifeline to staying in business. With proper educationplanningtesting and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay in business through any interruption and beyond. The SBA and Agility Recovery will host a series of four webinars each Wednesday in September, which will highlight specific actions business owners can take to build a solid emergency preparedness plan.

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Contact:
Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714