Tuesday, May 23

SARDI to Host FREE ACT Prep Workshop for High School Students


Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Land-Grant Campus’ Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) will host a free ACT Prep Workshop for high school students in St. Landry Parish and surrounding areas.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at SARDI, 1209 Diesi Street, in Opelousas, La.

Students interested in attending the workshop, which will be conducted by Dr. Donya Boyd, should RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 31.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Chasity Johnson at 337-943-2410 or email her at chasity_johnson@suagcenter.com.

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Friday, May 12

Twenty-six students receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during Spring Commencement

SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Dr. Bobby R. Phills presents Patrice Lazard with her  degree during the Spring Commencement at Southern University. Lazard was the student marshal for the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University and A & M College held its Spring 2017 Commencement Exercise on Friday, May 12 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Nearly 700 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees during the ceremony. Of that number, 24 students received undergraduate degrees and two students received doctoral degrees from the Land-Grant Campus’ College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The college’s student marshal, the student with the highest GPA in the college, was Patrice Lazard.
The Opelousas native received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. She also earned the Chancellor’s Scholar Award during Southern University’s Annual Academic Honors Day Awards Program on April 19.

Other students receiving undergraduate degrees included: Rali Bass from Monroe; Bobby Bell from Baton Rouge; Brittany Betts from Baton Rouge; Mamie Brignac from Lake Charles; Chasity Collins from Baton Rouge; Yasmin Dotson from Port Barre; Renetta Glover from Baton Rouge; Jacque Harvey from Franklinton; Ariana Lee from Baker; Ashley Lewis from Dallas, TX; Amber Lundy from Baton Rouge; Shakiyla Manuel from Jennings; Latonya Mcgowan from Utica, MS; Sharnicia Quarles from Sibley; Cynthia Ransom from Baton Rouge; Taylor Semones from Alexandra; Devonte` Smith from Lafayette; Brandi Suel from Donaldsonville; Sarah Thanni from Baton Rouge; Gabrielle Topps from Franklinton; Domonique Truss from Houston, TX; Melanie Williams from Clinton and Britiany Wilson from Baker.

Students receiving doctoral degrees in Urban Forestry were Emma Thomas from Opelousas and Kendric Stewart.

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus comprises of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Photos from Commencement are available here.

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SU Land-Grant Research Associate wins the May "Above and Beyond" Award

L-r: SU System President Ray Belton; SU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Smith; award recipient Curtis Chisley; Vice Chair of the SU board of supervisors Rev. Donald R. Henry; and SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Phills 
Baton Rouge, La - Mr. Curtis Chisley, research associate at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus received the "Above and Beyond" Award during the May 12, 2017 Southern University Board of Supervisors’ monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.

Chisley was nominated, and recommended “without the slightest hesitation, with the highest professional, and personal regards” by Dr. Calvin Reuben Walker, Chairman of Dept. Agricultural Sciences at SUBR and Vice Chancellor for Research at the SU Ag Center
“I am honored and elated to be recognized for my efforts in helping to move the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus forward,” said Mr. Chisley. 

A certificate of appreciation from his students was also presented to Chisley at the time of his board recognition.

The SU System President Ray Belton; SU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Smith; Vice Chair of the SU Board of Supervisors Rev. Donald R. Henry; and SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Phills offered congratulations to the honoree. 

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Monday, May 8

SU Land-Grant Faculty members join ECOP-ESCOP Health Action Teams in Maryland

The 5 Health Action Team members pose for a group photo
Baton Rouge, La. - Members of the 5 Health Action Teams met in Annapolis, Maryland May 1-2, 2017 in conjunction with the National Health Outreach Conference. The Health Action Teams were highlighted in the ECOP Monday Minute on May 5th, at https://goo.gl/CJix7R. Two nutrition faculty members from the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus served on two of the five teams. Bernestine McGee, Professor of Human Nutrition and Food in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Science, served on the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Team. Fatemeh Malekian, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center served on the Health Literacy Action Team.

The teams developed a plan of action for their final report as the term of their appointment ends in 2017. They identified professional development from their areas that could contribute to six core competencies for Extension professionals to align with the Cooperative Extension/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnership. The teams were thanked for their service and acknowledged as pioneers of the Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness.

At the national level, Cooperative Extension is coordinated by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the representative leadership and governing body. The Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP) is the executive or operating body of the Experiment Station Section. It handles continuing business, organization, and policy issues on behalf of the state agricultural experiment station directors.

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Friday, May 5

SARDI Hosts Successful Small Business Summit

The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host its Acadiana Small Business Summit.

Baton Rouge, La.The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) kicked off National Small Business Week by hosting its first Acadiana Small Business Summit (ASBS) on Monday, May 1. The event was held from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Institute’s location on 1209 Diesi Street in Opelousas, La.

More than 40 area small-business owners and interested entrepreneurs attended the various workshops offered during the summit.

SARDI partnered with The U.S. Small Business Administration to host the event, which provided participates with information on everything from writing a business plan to securing governmental contracts. Many participants requested that the summit take place annually due to the breadth of relevant knowledge presented.

Proclamations from both the Mayor of Opelousas, Reginald “Reggie” Tatum and the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, were presented to the organizers of the summit in recognition of National Small Business week.

SARDI has also partnered with SCORE to host monthly small-business meetings to encourage economic development in the Acadiana region. The meetings will begin Thursday, May 18. Tonia Askins, Louisiana District Director of SCORE Louisiana, will mentor small business owners in various areas, from marketing to finance. 

For more information, please contact SARDI at 337-943-2410 or email Krystle_Washington@suagcenter.com.
                                                                   
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Thursday, May 4

SARDI host Federation of Southern Cooperatives Workshop

Producers listen to a speaker during the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Livestock and Health Management Workshop, which was held at SARDI on April 22, 2017.

Baton Rouge, La.The Federation of Southern Cooperatives hold their Livestock and Health Management Workshop at the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) on Saturday, April 22 in Opelousas, La.

Antonio Harris, director of SARDI, offered greetings to the nearly 35 producers in attendance for the workshop.

The event’s topics of discussion included:        
  
·         Emergency Preparedness and Response
·         On – Farm Biosecurity Issues
·         Traceability of Livestock Diseases
·         Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Program and Services

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives is a non-profit organization whose mission includes striving toward the development of self-supporting communities with programs that increase income and enhance other opportunities. The cooperative also strives to assist in land retention and development, especially for African Americans, but essentially for all family farmers. 

SARDI is a satellite campus of the SU Ag Center housed in Opelousas, La. The Institute focuses on improving the socioeconomic well-being of citizens in rural communities within a ten-parish region of St. Landry, Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, and Vermillion Parishes.

The SU Ag Center and College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.

For additional information about SARDI or to receive information about its programs and services, call 337-943-2410.

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Tuesday, May 2

The Land-Grant Campus’ Nutritionally Yours Program begins ‘Growing Healthy initiative


Provides access to fruit orchards and food


SU Land-Grant Campus Nutrition Educator Kiyana Kelly, Extension Associate Ellen McKnight and Growing Healthy Initiative Coordinator Stephanie Elwood pose with a class from Clinton Elementary School after planting a fruit orchard.

Baton Rouge, La.Spring has sprung and the entire nutrition education staff is in full stride!  Both Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) staff have begun planting fruit orchards in food deserts, across the state of Louisiana.


Our Cooperative Extension model demonstrates the cultivation of organic partnerships with people from public, private and grass roots community organizations through outreach. These partnerships allow us to assess the needs of the community. From parish to parish, fresh food access was the common sentiment shared. In many cases, our clientele had the desire to make healthy food selections, but often times had limited to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Further research using the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Research Atlas revealed that the majority of our direct and indirect nutrition education sites were located in urban and rural food deserts.

One of our major partnerships is with public schools. We partner with several schools in the state by providing a series of nutrition education lessons to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In keeping with the SU Land-Grant Campus’s mission and our federal nutrition program objectives, we provide this direct and indirect nutrition education using a policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) approach. Policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) approaches seek to go beyond programming and into the systems that create the structures, in which our program clientele live, work and play. The Growing Healthy initiative is doing just that.  At no cost to the schools, our staff provides a series of nutrition education lessons, and the implementation of a vegetable garden or fruit orchard. We provide all materials and trees on the planting day. Based on the growing climate in the region, schools can select from peach, satsuma, fig, pecan, lemon or apple trees. Blackberry, blueberry and raspberry bushes are also available for planting. Once our staff has completed the implementation, the garden or orchard becomes the property of the schools, which provides a continuous supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Plainly speaking, the Growing Healthy initiative is nutrition education in action,” says Stephanie Elwood, Growing Healthy Initiative Coordinator. It utilizes components of permaculture to ensure the production of low maintenance and sustainable fresh fruit and vegetables. Past experiences indicate that campus fruit orchards are an excellent way to increase fresh food access and encourage healthier lifestyle changes among students, faculty and staff. The most recent orchards have been planted at Bastrop High School, Clinton Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary and The Boys and Girl Club of Lafayette. To date 47 fruit trees and 23 bushes have been planted. This initiative is implemented by our Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents, SNAP-Ed, EFNEP Nutrition Educators, and Extension Associates. Currently, we have 25 parcels yielding fruit and vegetables at our direct nutrition education sites. Our goal is to double that number by the end of the 2018 fiscal year. 

For more information about the Land-Grant Campus’s signature nutrition education programs, contact us at 225-771-6236 or email ellen_mcknight@suagcenter.com. 

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SU & LSU Ag Centers hold Highly Successful Small Ruminant Field Day

Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, held its 12th joint Small Ruminant Field Day with the LSU AgCenter on April 29 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge.
Field Day presentations and demonstrations

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

Nearly 50 participants turned out for the event, which also featured demonstrations and hands-on activities on injections, fecal sample analysis, body condition scoring and a question and answer session with presenters. Goat and sheep meat products were on the lunch menu.

Producers also participated in a FAMACHA certification course. FAMACHA (pronounced FAffa MAlan CHArt) is a diagnostic tool that helps farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. FAMACHA was developed in South Africa and is distributed in the United States through the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Pest Control.

Even a few cattle producers mingled with the small ruminant participants. John A. and John C. Womack, a father and son team from St. Helena, runs a 26-head operation of cattle, and attended the workshop to learn more about forages, basic animal husbandry and soil testing.

College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Science students helped with registration and presentations during the Rosenwald Elementary School tour of the event. College students who assisted were Terrell Hills, majoring in Animal Science and Irene Lewis, a Plant and Soil Science major. Rosenwald Elementary School is located in New Roads, La., Pointe Coupee Parish.

The lead collaborators from the SU Ag Center were - Sebhatu Gebrelul, Ph.D., Animal Science Professor, who can be reached at 225.771.3841 or sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com and Renita W. Marshall, DVM/Associate Professor, Animal Science; and from the LSU AgCenter - Ken McMillin, Ph.D., who can be reached at 225.578.3438 or kmcmillin@agcenter.lsu.edu; and Jim Miller, Ph.D.

The event was sponsored by SU Land-Grant Campus; USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service; Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE); LA Dept. of Ag and Forestry; LSU School of Vet. Medicine; and LSU AgCenter.      

Photos from the event are posted here.    
                      
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Monday, May 1

USDA/NIFA Top Official holds seminar at The Land-Grant Campus

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of USDA/NIFA, held a seminar at the SU Ag Center as a part of his visit to the SU Land-Grant Campus on April 25, 2017. (Photo by Chris Rogers.)

Baton Rouge, La.The director of USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy held a seminar titled, “National Institute of Food and Agriculture: An Update from Your Federal Partner” on April 25, 2017 at the SU Ag Center.

During his presentation, Ramaswamy discussed the fact that people are dying because of food all over the world. Some, due to lack of food and some because there is too much food.

He went on to say that Americans need to reduce the amount of food that we waste every year.

“We lose about a third or half of all the food we make before it makes it to the dinner table,” said Ramaswamy. “We are wasting and losing about $120 billion annually. Food waste is not only happening in homes; it’s also happening in restaurants,” citing huge serving portions and how grocery stores throw away bruised fruits and vegetables.

He encouraged the students in the room to develop new ideas to make what was once called unusable food attractive, like the creators of Ugly Juice, LLC, which uses aesthetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to make their juices.

Ramaswamy also warned the audience that nutrition and agricultural scientists must find solutions to problems such as hunger, obesity and access to nutritious foods or the situation will get worse by 2050 – the year many scientists have predicted that the global populations will surpass 9 billion people and will increase the demand for food and fiber.  

Prior to the seminar, Ramaswamy met with 1890 student scholars, members of the Land-Grant Campus’s executive team and USDA/NIFA grant recipients from the SU Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

A luncheon for Dr. Ramaswamy was also held in the Donald C. Wade House on the Southern University Baton Rouge Campus. While at the luncheon, Dr. Ramaswamy was able to speak and network with SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean, Dr. Bobby Phills; SU Land-Grant Campus Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Andra Johnson; SU System President-Chancellor, Dr. Ray Belton; SU Baton Rouge Campus Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. M. Christopher Brown; SU Law Center Chancellor, Dr. John Pierre and other system dignitaries.

Photos of Dr. Ramaswamy’s visit are available at our Google album.
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Friday, April 28

USDA/FAS Official Presents Seminar, ezFedGrants on SU Land-Grant Campus

Mr. Jim Suits shares information on grant opportunities available at Foreign Ag Service that can enhance world trade
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus hosted a seminar and ezFedGrants certification registration presented by Mr. Jim Suits, a USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) official on April 27. Suits presented information on the agricultural trade capacity building program opportunities available at his agency. He indicated that there were not many names on the list of grant participants from the SU Land-Grant Campus. Thus, he encouraged faculty to write grant proposals on any of the five priority areas that would enhance world trade.  He further added that these opportunities can impact developing countries in places like West and East Africa in encourage them to engage safely in the global market.  He went on to list the five priority areas that include Post Harvest Loss Reduction; Climate-Smart Agriculture; Nutrition; Market Information Systems; and SPS/WTO Compliance. He noted that emerging issues facing the developing world include electricity, future of trade and permanently displaced persons. He then went on to point out that the FAS has programs in place to address such issues. Top three programs in place to address the problems include: USDA Scientific Exchange; Food Assistance; and Commodity. In conclusion, Mr. Suits stated that grant proposals from various partners including universities are favorably reviewed and awarded.

Suits concluded his inaugural visit to Louisiana with the introduction of the USDA Grants Management System known as “ezFedGrants.” The system involves different levels of authentication. He registered some SU Land-Grant Campus employees for one of those levels following his presentation.

Definition:
SPS – Sanitary and Phytosanitary
WTO – World Trade Organization

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Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute partners with the Small Business Administration to host the Acadiana Small Business Summit




Baton Rouge, La.The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI), formerly named the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to host the Acadiana Small Business Summit (ASBS). 

The event will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the SARDI office, 1209 Diesi St., in Opelousas, La. Admission is free and a lunch will be provided during the networking hour.

This year’s summit is targeting existing businesses who aspire to grow, individuals who aspire to become entrepreneurs, and businesses interested in the multi-billion-dollar industry of governmental contracting. The following agencies are participating as workshop presenters/ volunteers:

·         U.S. Small Business Administration
·         Louisiana Small Business Development Center - Southern University
·         Resource and Fund Development, LLC
·         SCORE Louisiana
·         Louisiana Economic Development
·         St. Landry Parish Economic Development
·         Louisiana Small Business Development Center - University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The ASBS summit will also kick off the 2017 National Small Business week.

All interested participants are asked to pre-register for the summit by emailing Krystle_Washington@suagcenter.com or calling 337-943- 2410.


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The joint SU/LSU Small Ruminant Field Day is Free

Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, and the LSU AgCenter will host a joint small ruminant field day on tomorrow, April 29 from 8:00 am - 2:30 p.m. at Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA.

The workshop is free and open to the public! There is no charge to attend!

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

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

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

Topics of discussion will include: Herd Health and new guidelines; Mobile Technology and Marketing; Alternative Forages; Feed Supplementation; Food Safety, and etc.

Demonstrations & Hands-On Activities: Wet Lab (Fecal Egg Count); Goat Meat Product Development & Tasting; Practical Animal Husbandry Techniques; and Soil and Forage sampling.

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

For more information contact: Sebhatu Gebrelul (225) 771-3841; sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com; Renita Marshall (225) 771-0252; Renita_marshall@suagcenter.com
                                                                                                                                                      
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Thursday, April 27

Southern University Land-Grant Campus Judges THRIVE Science Fair

THRIVE Academy Science Fair winners - Warner, Clark, and Ortega pose for a shot

L-r: Ms. Hollins, Dr. Ford and Dr. Mellieon observe student demonstration

Mellieon, Hollins and Ford from the SU Land-Grant Campus judge science fair
Baton Rouge, La - Members of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus were invited to  THRIVE Academy, a residential charter school for at-risk youth, on April 12 to judge the 6th grade science fair. Ms. Kelli Hollins, Extension Associate; Dr. Marlin Ford, Research Associate; and Dr. Harold Mellieon, Director of Livestock Programs, served as judges for 25 students’ completed projects in the areas of Informational, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Weather.
“The 6th graders have been learning the scientific method and how to apply it to research.  I think the communication part was the improvement across the board because they all had to give an oral presentation.” says, Mrs. Christie Monroe, 6th grade science teacher. The science fair was used in two folds. It allowed the students to explore science using their own ideas, and it also allowed them to apply what they have learned all year. The students worked very hard on their projects. Over all it was a great experience.

The SU Land-Grant Campus has established a garden on the THRIVE Campus for students to engage in learning activities outside of the classroom. Students are also given ownership of school garden to ensure easy access to fresh produce. The experiences and knowledge gained from this project played a major role in the science fair projects as well.

The project titled, “Using Agriculture as a Fast Track Vehicle for Change through Experiential Learning” has allowed us to collaborate and support THRIVE with many activities. Fast Track was introduced to students as a teaching mechanism which offers agricultural experiences and nutrition education as well as developing interpersonal skills and workforce development skills.
 “We are truly grateful to the SU Ag Center for their constant support of Thrive. We cannot thank you enough!” says Monroe.

The winners of the 2017 Science Fair were: A. Warner, J. Clark, and M. Ortega.
Started in 2011, THRIVE Academy serves to empower students from underserved Baton Rouge communities and prepare them academically and personally for success in college and beyond.

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Wednesday, April 19

SU Land-Grant Campus Shines at Annual Academic Honors Day Awards Program

Honoree Patrice Lazard receives award from SU System President-Chancellor Ray Belton

Patrice Lazard poses with President Belton, left and Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills

Patrice Lazard poses with Chancellor-Dean Phills and Adviser Dr. Patricia Meyinsse
Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University held its Annual Academic Honors Day Awards Program on April 19, 2017 in Baton Rouge. Parents, family, friends, students, faculty and staff were in attendance.

Students who earned a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall and/or spring 2016 semesters were honored. Among this year’s winners was Patrice Lazard, Agricultural Economics major advised by Dr. Patricia Meyinsse. Ms. Lazard won the Chancellor’s Scholar Award and the highest GPA honor in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus comprises of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. 

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Monday, April 17

Nearly four hundred participants, exhibits attend The Land-Grant Campus 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference


Baton Rouge, La.Nearly four hundred current and potential small business owners, major prime companies, along with federal, state and local government agencies attended the Land-Grant Campus’ 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.
                                     
The event, which was held in Southern University’s Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on April 11, provides a venue for individuals to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies.

This year’s conference featured a procurement panel discussion and several informative sessions on business tax strategies and financial management, employee and performance management, the anatomy of winning bids, the five P’s for more effective marketing, construction law and how to protect yourself, how to obtain and maintain a contractor’s license and transparency: a true story of a millennial business owner.
                                                                                                                                                             
SU alum and retired Lt. General Russel Honoré served as the guest speaker for the conference.

During his speech, Honoré touched on Hurricane Katrina, the Great Flood of 2016, business and family leadership, entrepreneurship, and resilience.

“Going into business should be about solving other peoples’ problems. Using that strategy will result in several streams of income.  You must be prepared to qualify for contracts with the government,” said Honoré. 

“They do not pick people from the street to receive contracts when disaster strikes. In business, doing what has value rather than what is cheap ensures that you will get repeat business from a client. Treat your clients like your patients, connected with a lifeline,” he added.

The procurement conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Land-Grant Campus; the U. S. Small Business Administration; America’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University; Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Goodwork Network.

Photos from the procurement conference are available here.

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SU Land-Grant Campus to host joint Small Ruminant Field Day

Flyer
Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, and the LSU AgCenter, will host a joint small ruminant field day on April 29 from 8:00 am - 2:30 p.m. at Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA.

The event is free to the public!

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

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

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

Topics of discussion will include: Herd Health and new guidelines; Mobile Technology and Marketing; Alternative Forages; Feed Supplementation; Food Safety, and more.

Demonstrations & Hands-On Activities: Wet Lab (Fecal Egg Count); Goat Meat Product Development & Tasting; Practical Animal Husbandry Techniques; and Soil and Forage sampling.

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

For more information on the field day, contact: Sebhatu Gebrelul (225) 771-3841; sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com; Renita Marshall (225) 771-0252; Renita_marshall@suagcenter.com
                                                                                                                                                      
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Thursday, April 13

SU Land-Grant Campus’ Urban Forestry Professor Receives Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award, Students Recognized at Conference

Dr. Yadong Qi with her Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award.

Standing from left (front row) are Brittany Benjamin, Asia Rubin, and Patrice Lazard. Standing from left on the second row are student mentors Drs. Zhu Ning, Renita Marshall, Patricia Meyinsse and Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Yadong Qi, Ph.D., received the distinguished Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award for 2017 from the Association of 1890 Research Directors’ (ARD) at its biennial symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, April 1 – 4.  Qi is Interim Department Chair and Director of the Urban Forestry Graduate Program, a professor of Urban Forestry with the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and a research scientist in the SU Ag Center.

What makes this even more impressive is that she is only the second Southern University scientist to ever receive the award!   The first Southern University recipient was in 1989. Nominees were submitted for selection from the 1890 Institutions and Qi emerged the sole winner of the prestigious award.

The ARD biennial symposium honors one outstanding scientist from the 19 intuitions based on established criteria. The theme of this year’s symposium was “1890 Research: Meeting the 21st Century Challenges Through Innovation.”  

“I feel extremely honored to receive this prestigious award, it is like a dream coming true,” said Qi. “This honor belonging to not only me but the entire Southern University System and The Land-Grant Campus.”

Qi went on to express her appreciation to Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the Land-Grant Campus, for nominating her for the award and for his visionary leadership to establish the nation’s first urban forestry BS degree program at Southern University 25 years ago.

She also thanked all of her administrators, colleagues, postdoctoral students, visiting scholars, undergraduate and graduate students; long-time collaborators from the USDA Forest Service, the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program at Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Maryland, College Park and international partners and the many funding agencies that have supported her research throughout her tenure at Southern University.

Undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster presentation competitions were also held during the symposium. Land-Grant Campus students Brittany Benjamin, Patrice Lazard and Asia Rubin placed in the oral competition. Benjamin, an Urban Forestry graduate student from New Orleans, La., won third in the graduate student category of Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Lazard, an Agricultural Economics undergraduate student from Lawtell, La. won first place in the undergraduate student category of Family, Youth, Community and Economic Development; and Asia Rubin, an Animal Science undergraduate student from Lafayette, La., won third place in the undergraduate student category of Animal Health and Production and Animal Products.

About the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award
The Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award is named in honor of Dr. Richard D. Morrison, President Emeritus, of Alabama A&M University and Congressman Frank E. Evans of Colorado. Dr. Morrison and Mr. Evans provided leadership in seeking research and extension funds for the 1890 Institutions under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.


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