Monday, April 16

SU Land-Grant Campus to host Spring Flower and Garden Conference

Event Flyer


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus’ Wisteria Alliance Program - in partnership with the “Flower Lovers’ Garden Guild” and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - will host the 2nd Annual Spring Flower and Garden Conference on April 25 at the SU Ag Center, 181 B. A. Little Dr., in Baton Rouge.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the conference opening at 9 a.m.

The conference, which is free, will include several information sessions, demonstrations and tours.

Karen “Mimo” Davis, the founder of Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers, will service as the guest speaker for the conference.

Davis has 24 years of experience in growing specialty cut flowers. Prior to founding Urban Buds, Davis operated Wild Thang Farms in Ashland, Mo. When Davis operated the farm it was considered the largest cut flower farm in the state.

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. She is also a graduate of the SU Land-Grant Campus' Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute.

Urban Buds is an urban specialty cut flower farm located in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis, Mo. The farm grows more than 70 different types of flowers and specializes in flowers that are “locally grown, not flown.”

The farm focuses on environmental sustainability by using Integrated Pest Management techniques, cover crops, compost, minimal tillage, and drip irrigation.

This conference is the ideal event for gardens, flower lovers and urban agriculturalists.

To register or for additional information, visit http://www.suagcenter.com/PageDisplay.asp?p1=12752, call 225-771-2242 or email zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com; mila_berhane@suagcenter.com; stephanie_elwood@suagcenter.com or tee6@cox.net.

                                                                
           ###                                                                          
                                                                                                       


Thursday, March 29

SU Land-Grant Campus to host the ‘Jaguar Rodeo on the Bluff’



Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will host the ‘Jaguar Rodeo on the Bluff,’ on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Highway (Hwy 61 North), in Baker, La.

The event will consist on a Rodeo, Trail Ride, and Zydeco Dance.

The rodeo will begin at 10 a.m. and will include activities for youth and adults.

The trail ride will begin at noon starting at the Arena, turning right onto Highway 61, traveling to Heck Young Road, then turning onto Chamberlain Avenue, making a right onto Groom Road, going left onto Highway 61 and ending at the Arena.

The day’s activities will end with a zydeco dance at 5 p.m. The dance will feature zydeco artist Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers and singer, songwriter, and entertainer Sweet Nay.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under the age of five admitted free. Discounted tickets are available for Southern University students.

Vendor booths are available for $200. Vendors may reserve their spot with a $50 deposit paid in cash or money order. Potential vendors may pay their deposit and vendor fee in person at the SU Land-Grant Campus' Office of the Chancellor-Dean located in the SU Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

Proceeds from the rodeo will be used to provide financial assistance to students in the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

For additional information about the rodeo, to purchase tickets, or for vendor and sponsorship information, visit https://foundation.sus.edu/bayou-jaguar-rodeo/; call Joy at 318-218-0604 or C. Reuben Walker at 337-344-8634.

           
###

Monday, March 26

SU Land-Grant Campus to host ‘One Health Symposium’


Promoting Sustainable Communities

Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will host a symposium themed, ‘One Health Symposium: Promoting Sustainable Communities.’ The event will be held April 12 – 13, 2018 at the Southern University Law Center.

The 'One Health' concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

This symposium, which is free and open to the public, will bring the various disciplines of the One Health community - medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, social sciences, nutrition, food science, engineering, agricultural and environmental sciences – together to improve the health of people, animals and the planet.

Participants will have an opportunity to come together and share strategies as well as learn about the latest educational tools and resources which could facilitate the improvement of their health, the health of their animals - both pets and livestock - and the overall health of the environment.

Sessions during the symposium will include:

  • Bacterial Diseases and Zoonosis
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Designing Health Communities
  • Developing a healthy and vibrant food system in Louisiana
  • Diversity in the Health Care Field
  • Economics and Health Disparities
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise, weight loss and well-being. Is weight loss imperative to obtain wellness?
  • Health Equity: “Health Care for all”
  • Healthy Child Development
  • Human Animal Bond
  • Human Disease Prevention and Intervention
  • Louisiana Opioid Epidemic
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Pet Equity
  • The Effects of Nutrition Policy on Population Health
  • The Science of Human “Sense of Taste and Health Diet”
  • True Care Health and Wellness “Healing with Herbs”

This is the ideal event for new and beginning farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, non-profit and community based organizations, pet owners, students, faculty, staff and anyone eager to learn!

The symposium is also designed to increase the marketability of the students in the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, while exposing them to individuals in their respective professions.

Students will participate in FASpitch (elevator pitch), Oral, and/or Poster competitions. The students will also be able to participate in student ‘HUDDLEs’ where they will meet with agency representatives, academicians, and practitioners one-on-one to share their experiences and learn about job and scholarship opportunities.

A highlight of this symposium will be a ribbon cutting for the SU Land-Grant Campus’ three institutes - the Southern Institute for One Health One Medicine, the Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants, and the Southern Institute for Food Science, Nutrition and Wellness.

For additional information about the symposium or to register, visit www.suagcenter.com/symposium.  

           
###

Friday, March 23

High school students set to celebrate National Ag Day with the SU Land-Grant Campus

Event Flyer


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus - consisting of the SU Ag Center and the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences – will host its 6th annual National Ag Day celebration on April 10, 2018.

The interactive event themed, “Food for Life,” will be held from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Southern University Event Center and the SU Ag Center.

High school students will experience live animal and food demonstrations, technology and more. Students will learn how agriculture impacts their daily living and how to sustain a healthy living for life through food.

“We will demonstrate and give individuals the opportunity to see how agriculture is closely linked to science, technology, engineering and math. It is a chance for students to journey through agriculture gaining innovative hands-on learning experiences that they will never forget,” said Dr. Renita Marshall, event organizer and chair of the department of animal science at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Presentations in relevant areas will be made by university faculty, staff, students and other community partners.

Participants will also tour the Southern University’s campus!

The event is free and open to all high school students, but pre-registration is required.

For additional information about the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s National Ag Day activities, contact Dr. Renita Marshall at 225-771-0252 or email renita_marshall@suagcenter.com.

                                                                           ###               
                                                                                                       


Hundreds registered to attend 14th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference

Photos from the 13th Annual 'Connecting Businesses with Contracts' Procurement Conference held in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.


Baton Rouge, La.Hundreds of current and potential small business owners will gather at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center on March 27 for the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s 14th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.

The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., will feature sessions on International Markets; Capital Access and Financing Options; IRS Resources, Services and Hot Topics for Small Businesses; Five Things Every Business Owner Should Know About the Government Contracting Process; How to Get a Contract and How to Respond, Manage and Maintain Successful Government Contract Proposals. There will also be a session for millennial business owners and a procurement panel.

The conference provides a venue for potential and existing business owners, contractors, non-profits, small towns, and municipalities to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies. 

Co-sponsors for the conference include the U. S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Entergy, Brian Harris Audi of Baton Rouge, Manson Construction, DEMCO and Capital One.

For more information about the Procurement Conference or to obtain registration forms, contact Eual Hall at 225.771.4105 or via e-mail at eual_hall@suagcenter.com.

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

                                                                           ###                          

Thursday, March 22

East Feliciana High School visits the SU Land-Grant Campus

Eighty-one, 9th grade students from East Feliciana High School visited the SU Land-Grant Campus on March 20, 2018.

Eighty-one, 9th grade students from East Feliciana High School visited the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus on March 20, 2018. The high school students learned about the opportunities available through the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and the SU Ag Center. The students also learn how to apply to Southern University.

The visit was organized by Dr. Renita Marshall, Professor of Animal Science at the SU Land-Grant Campus.  

Photos from the event are available here.

Wednesday, March 21

Hundreds attend SU Land-Grant Campus 8th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference

Photos from the 8th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference held in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center March 15-17, 2018.


Baton Rouge, La. – Three hundred and eighty small farmers from throughout Louisiana gathered at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center for the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s 8th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference.

The three-day conference themed, “Transforming and Elevating Louisiana Small Family Farms,” was held March 15-17, 2018.

Events kicked off on March 15 with a ribbon cutting for the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus’s Mobile Education and Technology Center.

The mobile center will be used to provide educational training, bring Interact access, hands on testing and live instruction to low-to-moderate income families residing in the most marginalized areas and remote corners of the state.

Sessions held during the day included Grant Writing, Emergency Preparedness and Integrated Pest Management.

The second day of the conference began with an address from Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM. The keynote address was delivered by Leonard Jordan, the Acting Chief of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Session included Programs for Veterans, Intensive Small Scale Farming, Agro-Tourism, Farm Liability Insurance, Social Media Marketing, Biodiversity on Your Farm, Estate Planning, Record-Keeping and Urban Farms.

The Louisiana Living Legends Banquet was held on the evening of March 16 following the conference’s sessions. This banquet honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The 2018 honorees were Winzer Andrews, retired County Agent/ Parish Chairman with the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service in Caddo Parish; Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, Dean of International Affairs and University Outreach at Southern University and Louisiana State Representative; and Dr. Veeraraghava R. Bachireddy, professor emeritus of Plant and Soil Sciences at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The three join 24 others who have been honored with this recognition since 2005.  

Anthony Reed, Director of Special Projects for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University, served as the speaker for the banquet.

The conference concluded with a workshop on Managing Feral Hogs. During the workshop Gene Cavalier, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry spoke to the attendees about the rules and regulations for feral hogs in Louisiana. Derrick Banks, Extension Agent at Prairie View A & M University also made a presentation on managing feral hogs.

Photos from the Small Farmer Conference are available here.

           
###

Wednesday, March 14

SU Land-Grant Campus to host free Personal Health History Workshop

Event Registration Form


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus’ Family and Human Development Unit will host a ‘Personal Health History’ Workshop on April 26 at the SU Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
                                                                                       
The free workshop will show individuals how to create a personal health history journal that can be used to keep track of not only their health history, but also the health history of their family’s including illnesses, medications, treatments and any past medical procedures. This information is often asked for by medical professionals when being admitted to the emergency room or seeing a doctor for the first time.

Topics covered during the workshop will include:

           Proper Foot Care
           How Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels Respond to Dietary Factors
           Keeping Activity with Low Impact Exercises                      
           Protecting Yourself from Mosquitos 
           How to Prepare a Flower Garden for Spring

The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

To request a registration form or to pre-register, email milissia_jbaptiste@suagcenter.com, delores_johnson@suagcenter.com or call 225-771-2583, 225-771-3704.

The deadline to pre-register is April 23, 2018.

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

           
###

SU Land-Grant Campus set to host 8th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference

Event Flyer


Baton Rouge, La. – The three-day Louisiana Small Farmer Conference, themed “Transforming and Elevating Louisiana Small Family Farms,” will be held March 15-17 at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.

The conference is designed to educate, provide expanded awareness of educational opportunities, USDA programs and services and other resources to help small farmers stay in business.

Events will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. on March 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus’s Mobile Education and Technology Center. Other events occurring during the conference will include a grant writing session and the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Additional conference sessions will cover the topics of:
  • Managing Feral Hogs
  • Programs for Veterans
  • Composting Large Animals
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Biodiversity on your Farm
  • Breeds for Changing Climates
 This year’s conference will also feature an Exhibit Hall, which will provide an opportunity for vendors from various companies and organizations to share information about their products and services with the participants.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily during the conference.

Click here to view the conference’s agenda.

For additional information, visit our webpage at https://goo.gl/vVvfQc or contact Kelli Hollins at 225.771.5782 or via e-mail at kelli_hollins@suagcenter.com

           
###

Monday, March 12

SU Land-Grant Campus produces video on 2018 Black History Quiz Bowls


Top: Middle School Black History Quiz Bowl Championship first place winners. Bottom: College Black History Quiz Bowl first place winners.

The Office of Technology and Communications Services at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus has produced a video on the Elementary, Middle and College Level Black History Quiz Bowls held throughout the month of February.

The quiz bowls, which were organized by SU Land-Grant Campus Professor Emeritus Owusu Bandele, Ph.D., covered a variety of topics including: current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment.

Members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams of every quiz bowl received medals and every participant recieved a book by or about some aspect of the Black experience.

The video can be viewed here.

Baton Rouge's local NBC 33/FOX 44 TV News station also aired a story on the Middle School's Black History Quiz Bowl Championship on February 28.

Friday, March 9

SU Land-Grant Campus's 75th Annual Livestock Show was a huge success

Photos from the Southern University Land-Grant Campus's 75th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show held March 1-3, 2018. 

Baton Rouge, La. – For 75 years, Southern University has continued the tradition of providing an opportunity for youth throughout Louisiana to gain valuable knowledge and skills at its Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show. The event was held March 1 – 3 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

To qualify for the state show, competitors had to have won first place at a parish livestock show.

Thirty-nine young people from across the state were named state champions in various breeds of dairy and beef cattle, lamb, goat and poultry during the show.

Southern provides a holistic experience for its participants, the community and college students enrolled in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

“Our participants are learning about every aspect of the livestock industry,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., SU Land-Grant Campus Vice Chancellor for Extension. “They are responsible for feeding the animal, taking care of the animal and ultimately selling the animal and using the money from the show to purchase another animal and repeat the process over next year.”

Patin also discussed the importance of this 75th anniversary.

“We are excited to celebrate 75 years of holding a livestock show. Southern is the only Historically Black College or University that currently holds a livestock show and we are very proud of that.”

St. Joseph, La. mayor and retired Tensas Parish Extension Agent, Elvadus Fields, has been bring participants to Southern’s Livestock Show for 57 years.

“I think it (SU Livestock Show) aids in the development of responsible womanhood and manhood,” said Fields. “Most of all that child is responsible for that animal. If the animal eats, the child has to feed it. If the animal gets sick, the child has make sure the animal gets well.   The child has to learn how to discipline the animal and be disciplined as well,” added Fields.

Seventeen year-old Destinee Morris is an example of the development that Mayor Fields talked about. The West Feliciana Parish native has been showing steers at the Southern University Livestock Show since she was 11.

She said participating in the Livestock Show has helped her learn to enjoy nature.

“In the past I did not like being outside at all, but now I enjoy being around animals and different farm animals and taking care of them,” said Morris.

She credits her sister for peaking her interest in showing steers after seeing pictures of her participating in Southern’s Livestock Show.
2018 will be Morris’ last year participating in the Livestock Show. The high school senior plans to attend college out of the state in the Fall. For her final show she took home Reserve Champion in the Market Steer Division and placed 3rd in Showmanship.

The Southern University Livestock Show is like no other show in the state.

“Our show is unique in the fact that we offer guided school tours that include a petting zoo, gardening station and educational presentations while the participants are showing their animals,” said Harold Mellieon, Ph.D., Director of Livestock Show Programs. “The tours provide an opportunity for many youth in the Baton Rouge area to see live farm animals in person for the first time. We also have college students from Southern’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences assisting with every part of the show. This gives our college students hands on experience in the field,” added Mellieon.

Southern also holds a “Night with the Stars: Old Fashion Livestock Decorating Contest” on every Friday evening after all the animal have been judged.

“We hold this event to give the participants an opportunity to have fun with their animal one last time because the Jr. Auction on Saturday morning,” said Mellieon.

The “Night with the Stars’ winners are:

Kyle & Wyatt Sonnier, both from Calcasieu Parish, dressed as the Cookie Monster with Borden’s milk and a cookie in 1st place; Brady Hayes from Jefferson Davis Parish, dressed as Elvis & The King in second place and Zabadiah Ates from Union Parish, dressed as St. Patrick’s heifer in 3rd place.

The first, second and third place winners received a $100 and a Ozark Trail 26 Quart High Performance Cooler, $50 and a EndZone Bubba Keg and $25 and a Coleman’s Oversized Quad Chair, respectively.

The following is a list of additional winners in various livestock categories and their home parishes. Each winners received a premium, ribbon, rosette and trophy belt buckle.

Registered Dairy                  
Grand Champion - Wyatt Sonnier, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion - Kinsley Windom, St. Tammany Parish

Commercial Dairy
Grand Champion - Camille Sonnier, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion - Kyle Sonnier, Calcasieu Parish

Dairy  Showmanship                                   
Grand Champion - Wyatt Sonnier, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion - Kinsley Windom, St. Tammany Parish

Brahman Bull                                                           
Grand Champion - Caplan Young, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion - John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish
Non Brahman Bull                                                    
Champion Non-Brahman - Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish

Brahman Heifers
                                         
Champion Brahman - Jesse Sandel, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champ Brahman - John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish

Non Brahman Heifer                                   
Champion Non- Brahman - Hailee Daigle, Ascension Parish
Reserve Champ Non- Brahman - Zabadiah Ates, Union Parish

Commercial Heifer                           
Grand Champion - Ashlyn Natali, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion - Trevor Mclendon, Sabine Parish

Beef Showmanship
                                    
Grand Champion - Tanner Browning, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champion - Brenden Ford, Sabine Parish

Market Steer                                         
Grand Champion - Brady Hayes, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Destinee Morris, West Feliciana Parish

Market Lamb                                                   
Grand Champion - Jacob Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion - Caroline Dupree, Bossier Parish

Market Lamb LA Bred                                   
LA Bred Champion - Jacob Reyenga, St. Martin Parish                                          
LA Bred Reserve Champion - John Adam Fontenot, Bossier Parish

Lamb Showmanship                                       
Grand Champion - Caroline Dupree, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion - Mason Green, Winn Parish

Market Goat                                         
Grand Champion - George Chambers, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion - Katlyn Mathews, Bienville Parish

Market Goat LA Bred                                     
LA Bred Champion - Katlyn Mathews, Bienville Parish                                          
LA Bred Reserve Champion - Luke Padgett, Claiborne Parish

Goat Showmanship                                     
Grand Champion - Madison Green, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion - Katlyn Mathews, Bienville Parish

Market Hog                                          
Grand Champion - Brady Hayes, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Jada St. Pierre, St. James Parish

Hog Showmanship                                         
Grand Champion - Palynn Fontenot, Cameron Parish
Reserve Champion - Jada St. Pierre, St. James Parish

Broiler                                                              
Grand Champion - Jamie Kile, Rapides Parish
Reserve Champion - Taylor Martin, Rapides Parish

Broiler  Premier Exhibitor                           
Grand Champion - Addisyn Robinson, St. Landry Parish
Reserve Champion – Cedrick DeRouen, East Baton Rouge Parish

Photos from the Livestock Show can be viewed here.

           
###