Thursday, April 9

College of Ag to hold Virtual Summer BAYOU Program



Application deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020



Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences has extended the application deadline for its summer Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Program.



The three-week program will be held virtually June 7 – 26, 2020 and will provide high school seniors and incoming college freshmen with an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.



To qualify, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 11th grade. Graduating high school seniors must have either an ACT (SAT equivalent) composite score of 20 or above, or a 2.5 GPA, or rank in the top 50% of their high school graduation class and require no more than one remedial course. 


Applications are available here. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.



Questions and concerns about the BAYOU Program can be directed to Dr. Harold Mellieon at subayou1@gmail.com. 



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Friday, March 27

Outstanding Mature Girlz Organization Launched Virtual Club Meetings



Members of the Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Organization are learning how to properly communicate with their parents during the governor's stay at home order through virtual club meetings.
Baton Rouge, La. – As schools are closed around the nation, and the world is being encouraged to practice social distancing in the wake of COVID-19, many youth organizations are being tasked to find innovative ways to keep youth engaged.  On March 17, the Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Organization launched its first virtual OMG Club Meeting.  These face-to-face meetings which were previously held in-school and out-of-school, with community service projects on the weekends have now found an innovative way to maximize their “Digital Footprint,” while still making “Social Change.”

“It’s amazing how this moment has come full circle,” said SU Ag Center’s Assistant Area Agent, Nicolette Gordon. “Previously, during our quarterly advisory meetings community stakeholders discussed ways to engage our youth groups through technology before this pandemic was even a thought,” she added.

In December of 2019, the Outstanding Mature Girlz Organization was awarded the Cox Charities Grant for $2,000 to use for OMG emPOWERed.  This grant, which is solely funded by Cox Communications employees, is intended to help keep all OMG Club members in South Louisiana connected.

“We’ve launched our OMG emPOWERed Sessions virtually online, and we are still keeping our young ladies motivated, encouraged, and ready to take over the world,” said OMG Organization’s Founder, Sashika Baunchand. “We want them to bloom right where they are planted.”  

Nearly 25 girls have joined in virtually through Blackboard every Tuesday, at 7 p.m. to practice leadership skills through the use of Parliamentary Procedure, and discuss monthly iValues such as Choice and Accountability. Moving forward Baunchaund stated that the organization will do everything that needs to be done to ensure that all club members remain safe throughout the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  She also stated that she is very thankful for the many parents that have worked behind the scene to make the OMG emPOWERed launch successfully.

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Monday, March 23

A Message from the Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences



Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and following the guidelines set forth by the Southern University System, the staff and faculty of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences will largely operate remotely until further notice.  The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and the University community are of the utmost importance during this time.

Our SU Ag Center staff will be monitoring phone calls and emails while working remotely and will respond to any correspondence as quickly as possible. If assistance is needed, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or by calling us at 225-771-2242 and leaving a detailed message.

As you know, the response to the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving, and the current guidelines may be subject to change.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and encourage you to visit the SU Ag Center’s website, www.suagcenter.com for updated information regarding the SU Ag Center and the Coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Orlando F. McMeans,
Chancellor-Dean

Friday, March 13

SU Ag Center Cancels 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference

The Southern University Ag Center's 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference has been canceled.


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference has been canceled.

The conference was scheduled for March 18-21 at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center and included a Hemp Summit and a book signing with Natalie Baszile, author of the Louisiana based novel “Queen Sugar.”

Effective immediately, all Southern University Ag Center scheduled events have been canceled until further notice.

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SU Ag Center Cancels March 18 Hemp Summit

The Southern University Ag Center has canceled its March 18 Hemp Summit.


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center has canceled its March 18 Hemp Summit.

The event was one of two pre-conference sessions scheduled to be held during our 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference.

The Ag Center has canceled the conference along with all scheduled events until further notice.

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Thursday, March 12

Southern University Ag Center launches Coronavirus information page




Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center has launched a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational website to provide the Baton Rouge community with up-to-date information about the virus.

The page contains information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP), and the Louisiana Department of  Health.

The page also includes quick tips on the virus, a prevention fact sheet, a video on proper handwashing, and a letter from the Southern University System President-Chancellor Dr. Ray Belton.

The page is available here and is also located on the SU Ag Center’s Emergency Preparedness Now site.

Effective immediately, all Southern University Ag Center scheduled events have been canceled. 

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Wednesday, March 11

Book Signing with Queen Sugar Author Natalie Baszile Canceled

The March 19 book signing with Queen Sugar author Natalie Baszile has been canceled.


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s book signing and presentation with Natalie Baszile, author of the Louisiana based novel “Queen Sugar” has been canceled.

The event was scheduled for March 19 at the John B. Cade Library on the campus of Southern University as part of the Ag Center’s 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference.

The conference, which will be held March 18-20, will go on as planned.

For additional information about the conference, visit https://suagcenter.blogspot.com/2020/01/su-ag-center-set-for-10th-annual.html.

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Tuesday, March 10

SU Ag Center holds successful 77th Annual State Livestock Show




Baton Rouge, La. – For 77 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 on February 27 – 29 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

Thirty 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 University is the only Historically Black College or University that currently holds a livestock show and it 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 animals have been judged.

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

The “Night with the Stars’ winners were:

Kenzi Primm in first place and Skylar Primm second place. The first-place winner received $100, the second-place received $50 and both winners took home a commemorative belt buckle cup.

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

Registered Dairy
Champion – Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish
Reserve Champion – Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

Commercial Dairy
Champion - Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Wyatt Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

Dairy Showmanship
Champion - Kyle Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Camille Sonnier, Jeff-Davis Parish

Brahman Bull
Champion – Sutton Shields, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion – Coy Desormeaux, Cameron Parish

Non-Brahman Bull
Champion – Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish
Reserve Champion – Samuel Danos, Sabine Parish

Brahman Heifers                                         
Champion – Sutton Shields, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion – Brenden Ford, Sabine Parish

Non-Brahman Heifer
Champion - Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish
Reserve Champion – Kenzi Primm, Caddo Parish

Commercial Heifer
Champion – Kenneth Rains, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champion – Emma Peace, Sabine Parish

Beef Showmanship                                   
Champion – Brenden Ford, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champion - Kenzi Primm, Caddo Parish

Market Steer
Champion – Adam Wilson, East Baton Rouge Parish
Reserve Champion – Mykia Dyson, Tangipahoa Parish

LA Bred Market Steer
Champion – Robbie Ausin, Madison Parish

Market Lamb
Champion – Hunter Parks, Livington Parish
Reserve Champion – Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish

Market Lamb LA Bred
Champion – Evan Mahler, Lafourche Parish                                           
Reserve ChampionCatherine Martin, Winn Parish

Lamb Showmanship
Champion – Carlone Dupree, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion – Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish

Market Goat
Champion – Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion – Chloe Ayo, Lafourche Parish

Market Goat LA Bred
Champion - Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish                                          
Reserve Champion - Ava Chambers, Bossier Parish

Goat Showmanship
Champion - Jennifer Langston, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion - Ava Chambers, Bossier Parish

Market Hog
Champion – Hunter Parks, Livingston Parish
Reserve Champion – Brianna Siebarth, Calcasieu Parish

Hog Showmanship
Champion - Alexis Laiche, St. James Parish
Reserve Champion - Kensie Pellerin, Iberia Parish

Broiler
Champion – Michelle Adams, Caddo Parish
Reserve Champion – Halle Coppernex, St. James Parish

Broiler  Premier Exhibitor
Co-Champion – Lillian Lofton, Avoyelles Parish
Co-Champion – Jasmine Soniat, Avoyelles Parish
Reserve Champion – Aliyah Milburn, St. Landry Parish


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