Monday, August 12

SU Ag Center set to host Louisiana 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors Training

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host its’ 2019 Louisiana 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Training from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on August 24, 2019 at the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI), located at 1209 Diesi Street in Opelousas, La. 

The 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors Program aims to help teens learn how to guide their peers and communities into living healthier lifestyles through nutrition, and physical fitness. The training is open to all 4-H Club members, and those teens in the 6th – 12th grades who would like to become members. Local extension offices will provide chaperones and/or transportation to this training. Teens interested in attending the training should contact their local Youth Development Extension Agent.

The theme is “4-H Ambassadors Geaux WYLD with Leadership!”  The training will consist of five interactive sessions for the youth, with lots of fun and physical activity. Workshops to be offered will include:

  • Wild about Leadership – Knowing your leadership style will help you learn about collaborating for yourself, others and your community.
  • Navigating the Jungle – Learn how to empower youth through the use of the HYPE Project Phase: Think, Learn, Act, Share and Evaluate.
  • Elephant Communications – Learn basic communication skills that you need to know to be an effective local/state 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador. This workshop will include making quality video clips to market your 4-H program.

For more information visit, http://www.suagcenter.com. The training is free, and lunch and snacks will be provided.

On-site registration will be available on the day of the event. For more information, please call Nicolette Gordon at 985-748-9381, 225-222-4136, or e-mail her at nicolette_gordon@suagcenter.com.


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Friday, August 2

SU Ag Center’s Gerald Williams Works to Build a Partnership with LED





Baton Rouge, La. – Gerald Williams, the SU Ag Center’s Community and Economic Development Associate Specialist, met with the Small Business Services, Community Competitiveness, members from the board of directors, and staff members from Louisiana’s Economic Development Department on July 30 in the hopes of developing collaborations and partnerships for the SU Ag Center’s Extension Program.

Williams is a recent new hire at the SU Ag Center. He is a two-time alum of SU where he received his B.S. in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. Many may know him as the former mayor of the City of White Castle, Louisiana where he served in that capacity for eight years and as a councilman for four years.

Gerald plans to continue to develop partners and collaborations with local, state and community organizations to better assist the citizens of Louisiana through the SU Ag Center’s Cooperative Extension Program.

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SU Ag Center’s CLIMATE Program helps students qualify for the TOPS Award




Baton Rouge, La. – The SU Ag Center held a closing ceremony for the first class of its Cultivating Leadership Innovation by Motivating Agricultural Talents through Education (CLIMATE) program on June 28 in T.T. Allain Hall.

Sixteen high school juniors participated in the two-year summer program designed to provide supplemental instruction in assisting participants in qualifying for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award.

During the first year of the program, students spent four weeks on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus attending English, Math, Sciences, and Leadership Development classes, preparing for the ACT test, and participating in field trips.

In the second year of the program, the participants will further gain pre-collegiate work experience by working a paid internship with either a state or local government agencies or community organization for eight weeks. Each internship will be in the participant’s home town or a neighboring parish.

For additional information about the CLIMATE Program, contact Zanetta Augustine at 225-771-2591 or Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin at 225-771-3532.

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The BAYOU II: SARDI Program helps students increase their ACT scores



Baton Rouge, La. – The Bayou II-SARDI summer program was held June 2 – 21, 2019 on the Southern University campus. The program was developed as a recruiting tool to introduce high school students to the many facets of agriculture and the department. Additionally, we developed a primary focus on ACT enrichments and preparations to help students increase their performance on the most widely used precollege standardized test. The Bayou II-SARDI programs goal is to strengthen student’s skills in math, science, grammar, writing, English, and test-taking strategies.

Thirty students were selected from an applicant pool of 60 students to participate in the BAYOU II: SARDI program, twenty-one (21) students accepted the invitation and completed the summer program. Of the twenty-one students, five (5) met the university's standards for dual-enrollment.

At the conclusion of the program, the SARDI Class’ post-test average was 2.4 points above the national average for all students and 6 points above the national average for Black/African American Students and 4.4 points above the Louisiana Average.

The students also noticed a drastic increase in their scores on the English section of their post-test, ranging from a 16 % to 85% increase in their actual scores. Overall, the average score for the ACT English Test increased by 11 points.

Through a partnership with STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response), students were educated on the importance of setting boundaries, being aware of their surroundings to prevent sex trafficking, recognizing and reporting signs of abuse, etc.

Additionally, BAYOU II: SARDI partnered with each department in the College of Agriculture (Animal Science, Urban Forestry, Apparel, Merchandising and Textiles), Food and
Nutrition; and with Burnell Muse, SU Ag Center Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, on Ag Related activities, farm tours, and demonstrations.

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SARDI holds Summer Healthy Living Academy



Baton Rouge, La. – On June 3, 2019, 35 students entered The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) to begin a four-week healthy living themed summer program.

The goal of the program is to improve the health, safety, development, and well-being of adolescents and young adults within the community.

One of the main highlights of the program was the four-week-long Food Truck Challenge that was designed to encourage the students to prepare their own healthy meals while learning about entrepreneurial skills in the process. The Food Truck Challenge required the groups of students to create themes, marketing plans, menus, and designs with a healthy twist in mind. Each group was also tasked with preparing and serving different types of foods from their menus to their peers to enhance their knowledge of kitchen etiquette and safety, teamwork, and customer service.

Some of the other highlights of the program included activities that were based on the MyPlate food guide, gardening, physical activity, and recreational/discretionary time.   

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East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome visit CHEF




Baton Rouge, La. – East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome was the guest speaker for the first session on the SU Ag Center’s “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camp. Mayor Broome visited the camp on July 19 and encouraged the participants to continue to make healthy cooking and eating a staple in their lives.  

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

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

This year the nutrition staff held two sessions of the camp. The first session was held July 15 – 19 for youth aged 9-11. The second session was held July 22-26 for youth aged 12-15. Both sessions were held on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall.

For additional information about the CHEF Camps, contact Marquetta Anderson at 225.389.3055 or via e-mail at, marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

Photos from the CHEF Camp are available here

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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences students and faculty present at a National Conference




Baton Rouge, La. – Faculty and students from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences attended the 105th American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Annual Conference and Expo held June 23 – June 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arch located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Samii Kennedy Benson, Assistant Professor of Apparel Merchandising and Textiles (AMTX) traveled to the national conference with four members from Southern University’s collegiate chapter of the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS) which included: Kendall Hall, a junior, Human Nutrition and Food major; Aravian Louis, a senior, Child Development major; Patricia Mitchell, a sophomore, Apparel Merchandising and Textiles major; and Lynette Weems, a senior, Apparel Merchandising and Textiles major.

Dr. Kennedy Benson and the students participated in “i3: Inspiration – Innovation – Impact,” a fast-paced session designed to share high impact ideas for 25 minutes at a round table, while others present simultaneously. The group presented their collaborative research project, Vision Boarding in the Classroom: Incorporating Vision Boards into the FCS Curriculum, complete with lively anecdotes, examples of vision board’s created by FACS students and handouts to share with participants.

Dr. Kennedy Benson also presented her research, FACS @ HBCUs: An Overview of Family and Consumer Sciences Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, during the Oral Research Session sponsored by the Community of Colleges, Universities and Research (CUR) and the Assembly of Higher Education (AHE).

Drs. Cheryl Atkinson, Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Jung-Im Seo, AMTX Assistant Professor, also attended the conference. Dr. Seo presented research conducted in collaboration with Senior AMTX student, Autumn Hamilton titled, Ready-To-Wear Clothing Fit Satisfaction Based on Body-Shape Perception, during the Poster Session. Autumn and Dr. Seo explained that each person’s perception of their body shape has different locations of ready-to-wear clothing fit issues. The research found that young consumers preferred to wear tight clothing in the current fashion trend.

In addition to presenting their research, the faculty and students participated in various workshops and informational sessions reflective of the mission of AAFCS: to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve an optimal quality of life.

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Youth learn to sew and design during the 2nd Annual Fashion Camp




Cross stitching, threading a needle, using a sewing machine and designing a dress out of newspaper were some of the skills that 20 budding designers learned during the 2nd annual Fashion Design Camp held July 15-19 in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall.

The free camp was hosted by the Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s in conjunction with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Apparel Merchandising and Textiles program.

“We are working with Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences as a partnership to help support the community with our “The Arts Target,” which focuses on bringing more education about the Harlem Renaissance as well as the Black Arts Movement,” said Danielle Staten, a member of  Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “We have been reaching out to local girls and working with seamstresses in the community to give them a valuable skill that they can use,” she added.

Eleven-year-old Navira Robinson said the skills she learned during the camp will help her to reach one of her future goals. “During the fashion camp, I learned how to be independent while sewing and how to use a sewing machine. One of my future goals is to make clothes when I get older and this camp has given me the skills to accomplish this goal,” said Robinson.

“We want to continue to have outreach into the community with young girls and young boys to develop them and assist them in making a graceful approach to adulthood.

During the week-long camp, the youth learned to make combination quilts out of their own t-shirts and designed ball gowns out of newspapers. The participants displayed their gowns and presented their quilts to their parents and the other chapter members during a fashion show held on the last day of the camp.

Cox Communications presented Chromebook computers to five camp participants for their hold work and skills gained during the camp.

This is the second year that the Nu Gamma Omega Chapter has held the Fashion Camp in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the fourth year working on its “The Arts Target,” initiative.

“We want to continue to provide outreach into the community for young girls and boys to develop them and assist them in making a graceful approach to adulthood,” Jacqueline Nash Grant, President of the Nu Gamma Omega Chapter.

Drs. Jung-Im Seo and Samii Kennedy Benson, professors in the Apparel Merchandising and Textiles program facilitated the camp and were assisted by Carlton Knighten, a current AMTX student and Jordan Johnson, a recent AMTX graduate.

Photos from the Fashion Camp are available here


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SU student Serena Harris participants in Purdue University’s Veterinary Medicine Summer Research Program

Senior Pre-Veterinary Medicine student Serena Harris participated in Purdue University's 11-week Veterinary Medicine's Summer Research Program.  


Baton Rouge, La. – Serena Harris, a senior Agricultural Sciences/ Pre-Veterinary Medicine student in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences participated in Purdue University’s Veterinary Medicine’s Summer Research Program (PVM) from May – July.

The 11-week program paired students with PVM faculty members and allowed the students to conduct independent research projects and explore non-practice careers.

Serena and the other PVM Summer Research participants joined eight students from the University of Illinois Summer Veterinary Program to attend the 9th Annual Joint Symposium on the Purdue and University of Illinois Veterinary Scholars on June 26 on the Purdue University campus.

Serena presented her research during a Research Poster Presentation on July 24 in the Purdue Veterinary Medical Library. She is now working on a publication of her research findings.

Harris was the only student from an HBCU accepted in this year’s program. The other five undergraduate students participating in the program with from Purdue University, Case Western Reserve University, Liberty University, and Rutgers University.


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Dr. Orlando F. McMeans Named Chancellor- Dean of the SU Ag Center


Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, the Vice President for Research and Public Service at West Virginia State University has been named the Chancellor of the SU Ag Center and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Board of Supervisor named Dr. Orlando F. McMeans as the Chancellor of the Southern University Ag Center and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences during its monthly board meeting on July 19.

“I am extremely honored and beyond humbled to have an opportunity to serve as an integral part of the Southern University System, the world’s only HBCU system, as both Chancellor of the Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences,” said McMeans.

He went on to express his appreciation and gratitude to Southern University System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton, the Southern University Board of Supervisors and the SU  Ag Center Chancellor-Dean Search Committee for their belief and confidence in his ability to lead and inspire future generations of students in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to meeting those who work diligently to advance the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, as well as the talented students, outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, proud alumni, loyal friends and generous supporters of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences,” he added.

McMeans currently services as Vice President for Research and Public Service at West Virginia State University (WVSU), the Executive Director of the WVSU Research and Development Corporation and Dean and Director of the WVSU Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute. He is also a full tenured Research Professor of Biology. He has been employed with WVSU, which was then called West Virginia State College, since November 1998.

He currently serves in leadership roles within the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and other national associations. He serves as a member of the board of directors for the APLU; chair of the Board on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching; and Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Association of 1890 Research Directors 2019 Biennial Research Symposium. McMeans has served on the West Virginia Science and Research Council since 2011 and has held leadership positions or a membership in the following organizations: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (past national president);  USDA/1890 Executive Team (past chair); Association of 1890 Extension Administrators (member), 1890 Deans Council (member), and the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (member).

 McMeans earned a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Alabama A&M University, a Master of Science in horticulture, and a Ph.D. in horticulture both from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, McMeans went on to do postdoctoral studies in the area of genetic engineering at Virginia Tech.

His start date is currently pending.

The Southern University System established the Agricultural Research and Extension Center as its fifth campus in 2001. The Southern University Board of Supervisors voted to merge the Southern University College of Agriculture with the Ag Center on July 1, 2016.


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Friday, July 26

Southern University Child Development Center set to hold an Enrollment Fair


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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Child Development Laboratory (Center) will hold an Enrollment Fair for the 2019-2020 school year on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its facility located on E. Street on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.

Parents interested in enrolling their children at the laboratory can do so during the enrollment fair by bringing the child’s birth certificate; social security and insurance cards; and updated immunization, physical (well child exam), and dental records (if applicable).

Applications will be available to be picked up from the Laboratory on July 29.

The Laboratory, which will open August 12, is accepting children six weeks to 4 years old. It will operate from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with before and aftercare available from 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

To obtain an application or for additional information, call 225-771-2081 or email suchdvlab@subr.edu.



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Thursday, July 25

SU Ag Center Plants its First Medical Marijuana Seeds



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center planted the first seeds for its medical marijuana program on Tuesday, July 23 at the Center’s cultivation facility in Baker, La.

Representatives from the Ag Center; Ilera Holistic Healthcare, the Center’s medical marijuana cultivator; and administrators from the Southern University System were present for the planting.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry granted final clearance to the Ag Center after conducting a walkthrough of the facility.

The Ag Center plans to have product available soon.

The partnership with Ilera Holistic will also provide academic and research opportunities for the campus with it being slated to receive more than $6 million over the next five years from the vendor.




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Wednesday, July 17

SU Ag Center set to host 2019 Morehouse Parish Field Day



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center, in conjunction with the LSU AgCenter and the Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners Association, will hold its 2019 Morehouse Parish Field Day on July 19 at Hills Farm, located at 13944 Horace Hill, in Bonita, LA.

The event will include tours of corn and soybean fields, information on herbicides and nematodes and a special presentation on Hemp.

Natalie Baszile, author of the novel turned television series QueenSugar, will be a guest speaker alongside Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Dr. Mike Strain, during the event.

For additional information about the Morehouse Parish Field Day, contact Odis Hill at 318-237-3517.


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Wednesday, July 10

Weather Alert



Baton Rouge, La. – Due to the threat of severe weather in the area, all Southern University campuses in Baton Rouge will be closed on Friday, July 12. More updates will be posted on http://suagcenter.com/ and official social media platforms.


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Monday, July 8

SU Ag Center’s Vice Chancellor for Research serves as a Panelist for a National Agricultural Development Association

Seated from left are Drs. Deacue Fields, a SU alum and the Dean of Dale Bumper College's Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at The University of Arkansas; Andra Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at the SU Ag Center; and Bill Richardson, the Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture at LSU.


Baton Rouge, La. – Dr. Andra Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at the SU Ag Center, participated in a panel discussion along with Drs. Deacue Fields, who is a graduate of the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and Dean of Dale Bumper College’s Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at The University of Arkansas, and Bill Richardson, the Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University, at the 2019 National Agricultural Alumni & Development Association (NAADA) Conference held in Baton Rouge, La. on June 13, 2019.

The panelists discussed strategies and ideas for diversifying revenue streams and keeping the land-grant mission relevant in the midst of budget cuts, enrollment challenges, and stakeholder needs.

NAADA's mission is to provide education, support, and recognition for professionals and volunteers dedicated to expanding resources for advancing agriculture and related disciplines through land-grant and other colleges of agricultural sciences and partner programs.


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Wednesday, July 3

SU College of Ag holds a Successful BAYOU Program

The SU College of Agriculture's 2019 BAYOU Program was held on the Southern University campus from June 2 - June 21, 2019. The program is designed to provide high school seniors and incoming college freshman with first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in the field of Agriculture.


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences hosted 26 high school seniors and incoming college freshman for three weeks during the college’s annual Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Program.

The program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

The students also participate in educational field trips during the program.  One of those field trips was to the De Soto National Forest in Wiggins, MS, where the students were introduced to conservation efforts, wildfire work, and protection of endangered species. Calvin Adams, Felton DeRouen and Drs. Harold Mellieon, Jr., Kamran Abdollahi, and Chris Chappell accompanied the students on the trip.

During the program’s closing ceremony on June 21, every student presented their summer experience from the respective academic areas of Apparel Merchandising and Textiles, Agriculture Economics, Animal Science and Pre-Vet Medicine, Child Development, Human Nutrition and Food, Plant and Soil Sciences and Urban Forestry.

“I didn’t know what to expect from the program, in the beginning, but when I moved into the dorm and met my suitemates, it felt like a home away from home,” said Tayla Williams, a BAYOU participant from New Orleans, LA and an incoming freshman at Southern University. “I really enjoyed visiting the different departments in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and I was glad that I was able to clarify exactly what I want to do in the Department of Animal Sciences,” she added.

Tayla was excited to explain the hands-on experience she gained during the program such as how to palpate a cow and figure out where the baby is inside the animal, draw blood from a goat out of its neck, and how to stop huff rot in a goat.

To qualify for the BAYOU program, students had to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and complete 11th grade. The students live in the dormitories on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus and are permitted to go home on the weekends.

The 2019 BAYOU coordinators were Allison Johnson, the United States Department of Agriculture’s 1890 Program Liaison; Harold Mellieon, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science and Program Leader of Animal Science, and Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin, Ph.D., Associate Youth  Specialist at the SU Ag Center.

Sponsors for this year’s program included the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Forest Service (FS) the Louisiana Chapter of Professional Black NRCS Employees, LA STEAM, and Southern University’s TrueBlue.

For additional information about the BAYOU Program, visit https://bit.ly/2RmLdQo.

Photos from the program's closing ceremony are available here

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SU College of Ag Chair Renita Marshall and student Kendrys Dalton participate in the Office of Public Health’s Pre-MAPP Workshop

Standing from left, Southern University Animal Science major Keandrys Dalton and Renita Marshall, Ph.D., Chair of  SU's Department of Agricultural Sciences, pose with the certificates they received at the conclusion of the Louisiana Office of Public Health's SHIP to SHORE 2019 Pre-Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships Workshop on June 20.


Baton Rouge, La. – Renita Marshall, Ph.D., Director of the Southern University Institute for One Health One Medicine and Department Chair of Southern University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences and Keandrys Dalton, a senior Southern University student majoring in Animal Science, attended the SHIP to SHORE 2019 Pre-Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships (MAPP) Workshop in Laplace, LA on June 20, 2019. The workshop was sponsored by Region 3 of the Louisiana Office of Public Health.
In this fast-paced training, participants experienced key elements of a local MAPP process. MAPP is intended for adaptation into various business, civic, and social sectors that influence our local culture of health.
The workshop was designed to benefit community influencers who interact with employees, clients, students, patients, volunteers, and citizen stakeholders. Attendees gained skills that engage local people in planning and action during the upcoming 2020-2025 state health improvement plan (SHIP). The Southern University Ag Center and the Southern University Institute for One Health One Medicine are now Strategic Partners with the Louisiana Office of Public Health-Region 3.

College of Ag Professor Kamran Abdollahi selected as the next Chair of the state’s Society of American Foresters


Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D., has been selected as the next chair of the Louisiana Society of American Foresters

Baton Rouge, La. – Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D., Professor and Program Leader for Urban Forestry and Natural Resources in the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and the Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has been selected as the next State Chair for the Louisiana Society of American Foresters (SAF). Last year, Dr. Abdollahi received the prestigious award by the SAF and was inducted into the Forestry Hall of Fame as a National Fellow. 
The SAF is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. The mission of SAF is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.

The Society of American Foresters accredits 101 programs of study at 48 universities to offer specialized forestry education to their students.  In addition, 26 programs of study at 25 institutions are recognized by SAF to offer two-year associates' degrees.  

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SU Ag Center and College of Ag to hold Memorial Service for retired professor James McNitt



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences will hold a memorial service for retired Animal Science Professor, Dr. James McNitt, on July 16 at 2 p.m. in room 313 of T.T. Allain Hall on the Southern University campus.

Dr. McNitt taught at Southern University for 25 years before retiring in 2009. He was affectionately known as the “chicken and rabbit” professor. 

He passed away on May 22, 2019, in Baker, LA with his family by his side.

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Monday, June 10

SU Ag Center to Teach Youth Healthy Cooking Skills During Summer Camp



Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Ag Center is now accepting applications for its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camps in parishes around the state.
                                                                     
The C.H.E.F. camps are designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s, “MyPlate” food guidance system and Dietary Guidelines.

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

Camps will be held in the following parishes and locations:

East Baton Rouge Parish
July 15 – 19, 2019  (Ages 9 – 11)

July 22 – 26, 2019 (Ages 12 – 15)
Registration fee: $35.00 (Same fee for both camps.)
Camp Location: Pinkie E. Thrift Hall on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus
Contact: Marquetta Anderson at 225-389-3056.


SARDI (St. Landry Parish)
Healthy Living Summer Academy
*Cooking Camp is free and will be incorporated into this academy
June 3 – 28, 2019
Contact Angell Jordan at 337-943-2410.

Morehouse Parish
July 22 – 26, 2019
Registration Fee:  $20.00
Contact Marianna Langston at 318-368-9935.


East Carroll Parish
June 17 – 21, 2019
Contact Carolyn Robinson at 318-559-0060.

West Carroll Parish
June 24 – 28, 2019
Contact Carolyn Robinson at 318-428-3571.


DeSoto Parish
June 17 - 21, 2019
Contact Patricia Lee at 318-872-0533.

St. James Parish
July 15 – 19, 2019
Registration Fee: $30.00
Camp Location: Housing Learning Center, 8234 Mills Street, St. James, La 70086
Contact Lisa Weber at 225-562-2320, 225-445-7719 or lisa_weber@suagcenter.com.

Madison Parish
June 18-21, 2019
Camp Location: Madison/ Tallulah Charter

June 24-28, 2019
Camp Location: Madison High School Family consumer Lab. 
Contact Sarah Sims at 318-574-2465.


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Thursday, June 6

SU Ag Center gears up for the 2019 Family and Youth Expo



Registration is currently open

Baton Rouge, La.Registration is currently open for the Southern University Ag Center’s 2019 Family and Youth Exposition. The interactive event will be held June 28-29, 2019 at the SU Agricultural Multipurpose Building, 14600 Scenic Hwy.

The expo, themed Healthy Options to Promote Excellence: Plant, Grow, Nurture, Harvest, Sustain, is free and open to all youth in 8th – 12th grade.

The event will include a lock-in, interactive learning activities, a live DJ, food and refreshments.



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SU Ag Center Postpones St. Helena Parish Ag Day

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center has postponed its’ St. Helena Parish Ag Day, which was scheduled for June 7, at the Fifth Ward Recreation Center, 31676 Hwy. 16, in Amite, Louisiana.

A new date for the Ag Day will be announced at a later time.

The event was postponed due to inclement weather expected for June 7.

For additional information contact Burnell Muse at 225-222-4136 or via email at burnall_muse@suagcenter.com.

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