Thursday, March 23

SU Land-Grant Campus to hold Pruning and Wood Waste Utilization Workshop

Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus will hold a Pruning Demonstration and Wood Waste Utilization Workshop from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 28 at the SU Ag Center.

The goal of the workshop is to broaden the ability of landowners, students and the general public to maintain Urban Forest Ecosystems that meet both human and ecological needs.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

To pre-register, email Dr. Kamran Abdollahi at kamran_abdollahi@suagcenter.com or call 225-324-8206.

                            
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Wednesday, March 22

SU Land-Grant Campus Concludes another Successful La. Small Farmer Conference


Small Farmer Conference attendees speak with a representative from the state's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) during the Soil Health session of the conference.
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus held its 7th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference March 16-18, 2017 at the Southern University Ag Center.

Nearly 200 small farmers from throughout the state attended the three-day event themed, “Innovation and Resilience for Louisiana’s Family Farms.”

This year’s conference kicked off with a grant writing workshop which prepared attendees with information to conceptualize and develop a competitive grant proposal for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. Other sessions included Value Added Marketing, Soil Health, a Modern Technology and Farming Drone Demonstration, Farm Labor Issues, Produce Safety and a panel discussion on Bees and Cut Flowers.

Jay Grymes, Chief Meteorologist at WAFB News Channel 9, also presented a session on Climate Change and Small Scale Agriculture. During this session Grymes discussed the August 2016 floods, weather trends within the state and how the trends will affect agricultural production.

The Louisiana Living Legends Banquet was held on the evening of March 17 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 2017 honorees were Dr. Patricia Meyinsse, professor of Agricultural Economics at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences in Baton Rouge; Dr. Donald McDowell, retired professor of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics & Agriscience Education at North Carolina A&T State University; and Lee Hampton, retired Parish Chair of St. Landry Parish and Cooperative Extension Agent.

The three join 21 others who have been honored with this recognition since 2005. 

Dr. John Pierre, Chancellor of SU Law Center was the banquet's speaking and shared the history of the Land-grant System with the audience, which dates back to 1862, the Act developed by Vermont Senator Justin Morrill, and the birth of the 1890 institutions. He continued to explain how Southern University became one of the 19 universities in the country in the 1890 Land-Grant System.

Dr. Pierre stated that in 1890, Congress passed the Second Morrill Act with the stipulation that African Americans were to be included in the land-grant university system. The first Morrill Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. LSU is the 1862 land-grant instruction in Louisiana.

The conference concluded with the graduation ceremony for the 2017 Class of the Louisiana Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

The graduates are Delores Andrews; Elaine Brumfield; Ricky Brumfield; Mahdi Cezar; Craig Coleman; Larry Freeman; Chris Hayes; Lillie Howard; Yolanda Renee Lee; Patricia Richardson; Patrick Richardson and Rosie White.

The overriding goal of the Institute is to promote the sustainability of small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.

“The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of becoming great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings,” said Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Director of the Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

 2017 Louisiana Living Legend honoree Dr. Donald McDowell served as the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. In his speech entitled “Agriculture is deeper than dirt,” Dr. McDowell advised the graduates to be good stewards of the land and acquired skills.

“Get your land and farm incorporated, get them protected,” said Dr. McDowell. “As graduates of the Ag Institute, you have an obligation to encourage youth to pursue careers in agricultural sciences; you are change agents and must educate the public especially young people about the importance of agriculture,” he continued.

Leroy Conish, a 2011 Institute graduate also spoke to the graduates about his growth since his completion of the course. He stated that he started growing vegetables to improve his health and ended up making money from it.

“Now, I make money from growing okra, and make my community in St. James Parish sustainable,” said Conish.

The highlight of the program was the rendition of the poem “Hey Black Child” by nine-year-old fifth grader Christina Gary from Gilbert Junior High in Franklin Parish, who plans to attend Southern University and pursue a degree in agricultural economics.  The poem, penned by Countee Cullen, portrays the power of black youth with proper guidance.

SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Dr. Bobby R. Phills was so impressed by Gary's performance and prospect that he offered her a four-year college assistantship should she pursue an agricultural science degree at Southern University.


Photos from the Small Farmer Conference, Louisiana Living Legends Banquet and Louisiana Small Farmer Leadership Institute Graduation Ceremony are available here.

Tuesday, March 21

National Agriculture Day 2017 in full swing

The SU Human Jukebox kicks off Ag Day celebration 

Tractor display

Animal display

Plant demonstration
BATON ROUGE, La — The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is in the full swing of celebrating the National Ag Day event with the rest of the nation at the F.G. Clark Activity Center, attended by youth and adults, until 1:00 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation declaring March 21, 2017 Agriculture Day (Ag Day) in Louisiana. Organized by the Agriculture Council of America, National Ag Day is also being celebrated today in communities and schools across the United States, including Southern University.

National Ag Day is about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.  Thank you for joining us in showing appreciation to all those in the agriculture industry responsible for feeding over seven billion mouths every day.

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Monday, March 20

Gov. Edwards Proclaims Louisiana Ag Day

Louisiana celebrates National Ag Day with pride
BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation declaring March 21, 2017 Agriculture Day (Ag Day) in Louisiana. Organized by the Agriculture Council of America, National Ag Day is also being celebrated tomorrow in communities and schools across the United States.

“We all owe a great debt to the hardworking men and women who raise the quality produce and livestock that all Louisiana families depend on daily,” said Gov. Edwards. “Given the two historic floods in March and August, 2016 was a difficult year for many farms, both large and small. I hope that proclaiming Louisiana Ag Day demonstrates our appreciation for the important work being done by this industry to keep our families healthy and productive, especially when that work is most challenging.”

The people of Louisiana depend on a consistently strong $13 billion annual agriculture industry. About 60 percent of Louisiana’s agricultural income is generated by crops while the other 40 percent is produced by livestock and livestock products. In fact, in terms of income generated, the state’s top five agricultural products are sugar cane, rice, cattle, soybeans and cotton. Additionally, Louisiana exports over $8.3 billion in agricultural products annually.

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will host its annual National Ag Day celebration on March 21 from 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. This year’s theme is “Food for Life.” National Ag Day is a nation-wide celebration where individuals and institutions recognize the importance of agriculture and how it relates to everyday life.


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Saturday, March 18

Class of 2017 Graduates from Ag Leadership Institute at SU Land-Grant Campus

Class of 2017 graduates flanked by Land-Grant Campus administrators and organizers
Baton Rouge, La. – Following the 7th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, twelve individuals graduated from the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute on March 18.

They are Delores Andrews; Elaine Brumfield; Ricky Brumfield; Mahdi Cezar; Craig Coleman; Larry Freeman; Chris Hayes; Lillie Howard; Yolanda Renee Lee; Patricia Richardson; Patrick Richardson and Rosie White.

The overriding goal of the Institute is to promote the sustainability of the small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.

“The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of becoming great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and director of the Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

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SU Land-Grant Campus inducts three new members as Louisiana Living Legends

l-r: Living Legends Lee Hampton, Patricia Meyinsse, and Donald McDowell
Baton Rouge, La. – Three outstanding individuals were recognized as Louisiana Living Legends during the 7th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference on March 17 at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus.

They are Patricia Meyinsse, professor of Agricultural Economics at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences in Baton Rouge; Donald McDowell, retired professor from the Dept. of Agribusiness, Applied Economics & Agriscience Education at North Carolina A&T State University; and Lee Hampton, retired Parish Chair in St. Landry Parish and Cooperative Extension Agent.

The three join 21 others who have been honored with this recognition since 2005.  This occasion provides opportunity to honor individuals in research, teaching and extension with links to the SU Land-Grant Campus. 

Dr. Bobby R. Phills is Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus; Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin serves as Vice Chancellor for Extension and organizer of the small farmer conference.
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Friday, March 17

SU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Ranks 19th in list of 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences in the nation

Dr. Doze Butler, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences 
Baton Rouge, La. – The academic arm of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus is excelling nationally as well as locally. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences is prominently ranked in the 2016-2017 list of 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences.  Ranked 19 of 50, it is the only FCS unit in Louisiana to make the list.  In its discussion of Southern University’s FCS program, greatvaluecolleges.net wrote, “Practical experience is a priority.  All concentrations include opportunities for students to enrich their education through participation in internships, service learning, study tours, or similar activities.  Students are also encouraged to join professional and student organizations and regularly participate in events held by these organizations.”

FCS has a small, but dedicated faculty and staff.  Faculty members are involved in the full spectrum of activities that are the lifeblood of higher education.  They teach, participate in research and other scholarly activities, and engage in service and other outreach efforts.  Faculty are known for mentoring and advising students. The Department consistently ranks as the 6th largest producer of Bachelor’s degrees at Southern University.

The rating and ranking methodology used to arrive at the 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences includes points for presence of Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, FCS awards and recognition at the national and regional levels, 20-year net ROI, research opportunities, innovative programs and/or teaching methods, study abroad opportunities, FCS internship opportunities, FCS scholarship opportunities, affiliated centers and institutes on campus, related student organizations and societies, and “Wow Factor.”

The top 20 FCS schools in the ranking are: 1) Iowa State University, 2) University of Maryland-College Park, 3) Virginia Tech, 4) University of Idaho, 5) University of Texas-Austin, 6) University of Missouri-Columbia, 7) University of Georgia, 8) Alabama A&M University, 9) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 10) California State University-Fresno, 11) California State University-Long Beach, 12) San Francisco State University, 13) University of Utah, 14) Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 15) Montana State University, 16) University of Kentucky, 17) Western Michigan University, 18) North Carolina A&T State University, 19 ) Southern University and A&M College and 20) Eastern Kentucky University. 

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Seminar and Book-signing Event at SU Land-Grant Campus Vast Success

Dr. Rose, far left, and Dr. Daniel, far right, receive warm welcome from
SU Land-Grant Campus' Dr. Marshall (holding the book), and Dr. Chin

Seminar, presented by Rose and Daniel, in session 
Baton Rouge, La. – Patti Rose, MPH, Ed.D., a renowned author, presented a seminar at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus on March 16, and it was an overwhelming success. The seminar which focused on solutions to major pressing issues in our communities based on Dr. Rose’s latest book, “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions,” drew a large crowd.  Her book, which examines the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues, sold out. Copies of the book can still be purchased online at http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284090161/

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Monday, March 13

Count down to SU Land-Grant Campus Seminar and Book-signing Event

Event flyer
Baton Rouge, La. – Patti Rose, MPH, Ed.D., author, will serve as guest speaker at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s Seminar series on Thursday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m. in A. O. Williams Hall.  The seminar will focus on solutions to major pressing issues in our communities based on Dr. Rose’s book “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions.” The book examines the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the author will be on hand to sign them. Full details are available on our website.

For additional information, contact Renita Marshall, DVM, at (225) 771-0252.

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Friday, March 10

Senior Research Associate to lead gardening workshop in Ascension Parish

Event flyer
Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s Senior Research Associate Mila Berhane will conduct a workshop on “Gardening to Attract Pollinators,” hosted by the Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, on March 21 at 6:30 PM.  This event is part of the Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association’s library series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners.
To register, call the library at 673-8699.
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Wednesday, March 8

The Nutrition Education Staff at The Land-Grant Campus is working to Recruit Students

Standing on left are Extension Associate Ellen  McKnight, East Baton Rouge Nutrition Educator Kiyana Kelly and East Baton Rouge Extension Office Parish Chair Marquetta Anderson.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is committed to recruiting students near and far. On February 23, 2017, the Land-Grant Campus' SNAP-ED staff partnered with the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) for the ‘Find Your Future Career and Resource Expo.’

The event was held at the East Feliciana Parish Professional Development Center in Clinton, La. Over nine hundred 10th - 12th grade students, from eight school districts, were in attendance. Expo attendees were engaged and eager to learn about careers in Agriculture. 

Over 50 post-secondary exhibitors were represented.

For more information about the Land-Grant Campus’s Nutrition Education programs, contact SU Ag Center at 225-771-2242 or e-mail ellen_mcknight@suagcenter.com.

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Monday, March 6

You are Invited to a seminar by a great Guest Speaker, Author

seminar flyer 
Baton Rouge, La. - The Land-Grant Campus seminar on March 16 will feature Patti R. Rose, MPH, Ed.D., Director & Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida. She will discuss from her book “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions,” on Thursday, March 16 in Room 191, A.O. Williams Hall, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA at 3:00 p.m.
During this lecture and book signing event, Dr. Rose will examine the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues. The focus of the book is not solely on problems, but SOLUTIONS, in every chapter!

Full details are available on our website at http://bit.ly/2lDewjy. These seminar series provide the Southern University faculty, staff, students and the Baton Rouge community with information on food and agriculture, academic and research updates that impact the food and agricultural communities, and the citizens of Louisiana. This seminar is unique in that it focuses on health relative to agriculture.

Members of Southern University in Baton and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this timely lecture, and to grab a copy of this very enlightening book.
For more information, contact Dr. Renita Marshall at (225) 771-0252 or via email: renita_marshall@suagcenter.com
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Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus Completes 74th Annual Livestock Show

Exhibitors showing lambs during the 74th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show on March 3 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus concluded its 74th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show with nearly 200 exhibitors from across the state this weekend. Young farms eagerly arrived at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena on March 2 for the three-day event in hopes of being named state champion in the various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, lamb, goat and poultry.  

Xavier Jacobs, a seven-year-old first time exhibitor representing St. Landry Parish, expressed his excitement in showing his hog and placing fifth. “I can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Jacobs.

Thirteen-year-old Zoie Monroe, a three-year exhibitor from East Baton Rouge Parish and Reserve Champion winner for Lamb Showmanship, said she looks forward to coming to Southern University’s Livestock Show every year. “I love to raise lambs and compete at Southern University. This experience has taught me how to be responsible and that hard work does pay off,” added Monroe.

The SU Livestock Show is unique in the fact that it offers educational tours to surrounding schools while the competitions are being conducted. This year’s tour attracted almost 200 school-aged youth and featured a petting zoo with a chicks (baby chickens), a kid (baby goat), and a piglet. Other stops on the tour included interactive demonstrations from the SU Ag Center’s programs on the effects of smoking, nutrition, gardening and learning were their food comes from.

Winners received premiums, ribbons, rosettes, silver platters and trophy belt buckles. An awards presentation was held on the last day of the show for exhibitors of champion market animals. A Junior Auction Sale immediately followed the awards presentation.

Results from the show:

Market Champions                                                                                                       

Grand Champion Market Steer: Cameron Garrett, Madison Parish
Reserve Champion Market Steers: Garren Natali, Calcasieu Parish
Champion Market Hogs: Gage Haynes, Allen Parish
Reserve Champion Market Hogs: Jossie Camp, Winn Parish
Champion Market Lamb: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion Market Lamb: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Champion Market Goat: Payton Beard, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Madison Green, Winn Parish

2017 Beef Breeding Division

Category: Brahman Influence - Bull
Champion: Caplan Young, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Roy Lewis, Caddo Parish

Category: Brahman influence - Heifer
Champion: John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish

Category: Non-Brahman Influence - Heifer
Champion: Caitlyn Thompson, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Ethan Sandel, Sabine Parish

Category: Commercial - Heifer
Champion: Ashlyn Natali, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion: Macy Rule, Sabine Parish        

Category: Beef Showmanship
Champion: Caitlyn Thompson, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Macy Rule, Sabine Parish

2017 Junior Dairy Division

Category: Registered Dairy
Champion: Wyatt Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish                                                     
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish                                         

2017 Commercial Dairy Division

Category: Commercial Dairy
Champion: Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish

Category: Dairy Showmanship
Champion: Camille Sonnier   Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish
                                         
2017 Market Lamb Division

Category: Lamb Showmanship
Champion: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Zoie Monroe, East Baton Rouge Parish

2017 Market Goat Division

Category: Goat Showmanship
Champion: Janna Denis, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Luke Pedgett, Claiborne Parish

2017 Market Hog Division

Category: Hog Showmanship
Champion: Palynn Fontenot, Cameron Parish
Reserve Champion: Gage Hayes, Allen Parish

2017 Broiler Division

Category: Broiler Division
Champion: Miles Sam, St. Landry Parish
Reserve Champion: Addisyn Robinson, St. Landry

Photos from the Livestock and Poultry Show are available here.

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Friday, February 24

Dr. Wilkerson-Franklin Appointed to Board by Governor Edwards

Dr. Tiffany R. Wilkerson-Franklin
Baton Rouge, La. - Tiffany R. Wilkerson-Franklin, Ph.D., was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on the Governor's Advisory Board of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Franklin was appointed on February 24, 2017 to serve on the Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board for three years.

Dr. Wilkerson-Franklin currently serves in the capacity of Extension Project Coordinator at the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.

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We Celebrate Black History Month, Contributions of African Americans to Agriculture

George Washington Carver
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus celebrates Black History Month with the nation, and recognize some significant contributions made by African Americans to the field of agriculture. Paramount among them is George Washington Carver, the renowned botanist and inventor, whose research forever changed our lives for the better. Professor Carver, “the plant doctor” used his knowledge to teach farmers and students about new uses for crops like peas, sweet potatoes, and peanuts. He championed crop rotation and used soy plantings to replace nitrogen in depleted soil. Professor Carver’s knowledge of agricultural science resulted in a legacy that led to a healthier American population, and his innovative work to increase the uses of peanut crops—by using them to create products like ink, paper, soap, paints, and antiseptics—is credited with saving the agricultural economy of the southern United States. We all continue to benefit from his work today.

George Washington Carver is just one of a great number of African Americans who improved the country and the world.

Madeline M. Turner invented the first fruit press, allowing users to push fruit into an opening where it was sliced, then shifted between plates until it was juiced in a manner described like that of an assembly line. A U.S. patent review committee member called her invention “ingenious.” This complex engineering feat, essentially a self-contained assembly line, foreshadowed machines used in the food industry today.

Lloyd August Hall developed innovative food preservation techniques.
Norbert Rillieux invented a means of evaporating water that led to tremendous growth in the sugar industry.

Booker T. Whatley pioneered Clientele Membership Clubs in the early 1980s, the forerunner of modern day Community Supported Agriculture.
Percy Julian discovered important uses for soybeans, including the creation of the substance used in fire extinguishers, saving countless lives.

“Enough cannot be said about the contributions that these African Americans and others have made to enhance and improve the lives of all people, and I am happy for this opportunity to express our gratitude. Please join me in honoring the generous improvements they made to agriculture, the United States, and the world. While February is Black History Month, the work they and so many others like them have performed on our behalf deserves our recognition and thanks every month of the year,” said Michael L. Young, Acting Deputy Secretary USDA.

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Thursday, February 23

SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus hosts Town Hall on Medical Marijuana Program

Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of The Land-Grant Campus, speaks during the campus's Medical Marijuana Town Hall meeting  on  Feb. 23 at the SU Ag Center.

Rani Whitfield, M.D., speaks about the benefits of Medical Marijuana at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus's Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 23.

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus - consisting of the SU Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences – held an informational Medical Marijuana Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the SU Ag Center.

Attorney Winston Decuire, Jr. provided the community and potential vendors with an overview of the law which authorizes licensed physicians to recommend medicinal treatment for ten debilitating medical conditions. These conditions include Cancer, HIV, AIDS, Cachexia/Wasting syndrome, Seizure disorders, Epilepsy, Spasticity, Crohn’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis.

The law also stipulates that the plant must be developed into pharmaceutical grade medicines such as oils, pills, powders, gelatin-based chewables and other non-inhalable forms.

During the meeting Rani Whitfield, M.D., spoke about a five-year-old girl from Colorado named Charlotte, who suffered from Epilepticus and Autism along with several other health complications. There was no mediation that could control Charlotte’s seizures and she relied on a feeding tube for nourishment. After 20 months of receiving low doses of marijuana plant extract, Charlotte was able to feed herself by mouth and her autistic behaviors improved.

Dr. Janana Snowden, director of the Southern Institute of Medicinal Plants, stated that the University is planning to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) or Solicitation for Offers (SFO) in mid-March, with a 30-45 day application period. The University also plans to select a single vendor to contract with by mid to late summer.

The University has also identified undeveloped land at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s Experiment Station in Baker, La., as the location of the facility. This site is located off the campus and students will not be involved in the growing or processing of the cannabis component. The vendor will be required to make an investment of $5-7 million and must be able to conduct a seed to sale operation.
                                                                         
Chancellor-Dean Dr. Bobby R. Phills expressed his desire for the Land-Grant Campus to help educate the community.

“This Medical Marijuana Program will give us the ability to reach out into the community and provide some help by making medicine for debilitating medical conditions. We will also conduct research on other medicinal plants through the Southern Institute of Medicinal Plants,” said Phills.


For additional information, contact Dr. Snowden or LaKeeshia Lusk at 225-771-2242.

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USDA Invests $103 Million to Protect Lives, Property after Natural Disasters

Baton Rouge, La. – Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young has announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in fiscal year 2017 for disaster recovery efforts to help state, local and tribal units of government protect lives and property in disaster-affected areas following natural disasters.

Local units of government, or sponsors, will use financial and technical assistance from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP Program) to carry out much-needed recovery projects to remedy damages caused by natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. Nearly $9 million will be used to fund disaster recovery projects, such as debris removal and streambank stabilization, in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina that will repair damages caused by Hurricane Matthew, a powerful storm that roared up the East Coast in late September through early October 2016.

Louisiana – $65 million for the purchase of floodplain easements on private land owned by individuals and public land owned by local, state and tribal governments after severe flooding adversely impacted eastern Louisiana in August 2016. In the city of Baton Rouge, approximately 30 homes in a development in Livingston Parish and about 20 homes in Pointe Coupee Parish will be demolished and the flood-prone land restored to its natural condition. Signups will be held in the two areas to enroll the land into the EWP-floodplain easement option.



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Wednesday, February 22

SU Bluez & Goldz Team Takes Home the Trophy at SU Ag Land-Grant Annual Quiz Bowl

SU Bluez and Goldz - 1st place team

Urban Roots - 2nd place winner

Kemeits - 3rd place team
Baton Rouge, La. - The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus’s 23rd Annual Black History Quiz Bowl held on February 21 was a huge success. 

This year, the Bluez & Goldz Team, comprising of Myeisha Webb, Kelvin Wells, Jr., Terrence Curry, Joyner Deamer, and Eric Thompson, Jr. took first place. The Urban Roots Team came in second place, and the Kemeits Team finished in 3rd place. The top three teams took home plaques while each contestant had a choice of book by an African American or about some aspect of the Black experience from the available collection.

Each team consisted of four players, one of whom served as captain.  Questions included a wide variety of topics from academia to sports, books, current and past events and much more.  The Bowl, under the leadership of Owusu Bandele, Professor Emeritus in Horticulture, is open to all SU campuses and even area high schools.   

Follow this link https://youtu.be/auGCO0zACN8 to have a glimpse of the event on YouTube

Dr. Bandele expressed his appreciation for the turn out and number of participating teams and reinforced the development offered to students in preparing, organizing teams and being inspired by knowledge of the black heritage.

Dr. Owusu Bandele can be reached at obandele@cox.net

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Tuesday, February 21

Dr. Patti R. Rose to speak at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus on March 16

Dr. Patti Rose, author
Baton Rouge, La. - The Land-Grant Campus seminar in March will feature Patti R. Rose, MPH, Ed.D., Director & Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida. She will discuss from her book “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions,” on Thursday, March 16 in Room 191, A.O. Williams Hall, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA at 3:00 p.m.

During this lecture and book signing event, Dr. Rose will examine the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues. The focus of the book is not solely on problems, but SOLUTIONS, in every chapter!

Full details are available on our website at http://bit.ly/2lDewjy. These seminar series provide the Southern University faculty, staff, students and the Baton Rouge community with information on food and agriculture, academic and research updates that impact the food and agricultural communities, and the citizens of Louisiana. This seminar is unique in that it focuses on health relative to agriculture.

Members of Southern University in Baton and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this timely lecture, and to grab a copy of this very enlightening book.

For more information, contact Dr. Renita Marshall at (225) 771-0252 or via email: renita_marshall@suagcenter.com

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Friday, February 17

The Land-Grant Campus holds Work-Based Learning Conference at LSU Eunice

Antonio Harris and Kayla Fontenot speak to 11th and 12th graders during the Sustainable Agricultural, Rural Development Institute's (SARDI) 1st annual Work-Based Learning Conference on Feb. 2 at the LSU Eunice campus.  

Baton Rouge, La. – The Sustainable Agricultural, Rural Development Institute (SARDI) – formerly known as the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives - participated in the 1st Annual Work-Based Learning Conference on Feb. 2 at the Louisiana State University at Eunice (LSUE) campus.

Approximately 60 Juniors and Seniors from Opelousas Senior High School’s Magnet Academy of Biomedical Sciences in Opelousas, La. attended the conference, which was held to further prepare students for their college and workforce entrances.

Conference breakout sessions included:
•    Resume Writing
•    Dressing for Success
•    Soft Skills
•    Tackling FASFA
•    Finding the Right College
•    Show Me the Money
•    Surviving the First Year

SARDI led a presentation that targeted areas such as professional dress and soft skills in the workplace. Kayla Fontenot, a Youth Agent at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, covered professional dress as well as workplace readiness skills during the session.

Antonio Harris, Research Associate and Director of SARDI, wrapped the session up with personal experiences that were related to professional dress and workplace readiness.

Chasity Johnson, Outreach Program Assistant, sat in to assist with the audiovisual operation and was astounded by the response of the students and thought they were very receptive to the information provided.

Students from SARDI’s ‘Youth Ambassadors for Healthy Living’ Program also participated in the conference by dressing in professional and non-professional attire and performing skits about professional dress and workplace readiness.

The entire SARDI staff agreed that the conference was much-needed and it provided students with information to assist them as they enter their college and workforce years.

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