Friday, August 18

St. Helena Parish OMG Club Receives Next Era Grant to Promote Tobacco-Free Living

Next Era, statewide youth movement
Baton Rouge, La. (August 18, 2017) – Next Era, a new statewide youth movement of The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, recently awarded $1,700 to the Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Club in St. Helena Parish.  Teens at St. Helena College & Career Academy will unite as change agents to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles.

“This grant is very important for the OMG Club, because promoting health is one of our core iValues,” said Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent at the Southern University Ag Center. “Although the campaign will not focus on telling the community not to use tobacco, we will educate them on the hazards of tobacco use in hopes that many will make informed decisions when it comes to using it.”

Only 30 participants will be selected for the Next Era Program, based on set criteria, and recruitment will begin August 28, 2017 for the program to kick off on September 11. Once program hopefuls are accepted, they will undergo an intense training that will equip them to advocate for the cause. Youth will speak with local media about their work, conduct surveys and meet with key decision-makers in the community, as well as share their findings with school communities to raise awareness about the hazards of tobacco use. All grant milestones must be completed by April 18, 2018.
For more information on how you can be involved with the Next Era Program, contact Nicolette Gordon in St. Helena Parish on Tuesday and Thursday at – 225-222-4136.

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Thursday, August 17

Cristo Rey students return to the SU Land-Grant Campus for second day of exploration

Chancellor-Dean Dr. Bobby R. Phills, SU Land-Grant Campus
welcomes 62 students from Cristo Rey 
Baton Rouge, La. (August 17, 2017) – On August 14, the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus hosted 60  students in the 10th grade from Cristo Rey, and on August 17, the faculty and staff returned with 62 students in the 9th grade to learn about academic offerings at Southern University.

 
Cristo Rey is a college prep High School that partners with many corporate work study programs and is exposing students to available universities in the state.

Among those supervising and mentoring the students while on the Land-Grant Campus was Ms. Tyler Litt, who serves as Student Activities Coordinator.

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Monday, August 14

Land-Grant Campus hosts students from Cristo Rey exploring program offerings at Southern University

Dr. Robert Rene welcomes students and faculty from Cristo Rey to
the SU Land-Grant Campus
Baton Rouge, La. (August 14, 2017) – At the invitation of Dr. Robert Rene, SU Recruitment Officer, a team of staff brought 60 students from Cristo Rey to learn about academic offerings at Southern University. The SU Land-Grant Campus is hosting the two-day event at A. O. Williams Hall.

Cristo Rey is a college prep High School that partners with many corporate work study programs.

Among those supervising and mentoring the students while on the Land-Grant Campus were Ms. Andraei Henderson, faculty of English and Data Analyst and Ms. Tyler Litt, Physical Science faculty and Student Activities Coordinator.

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Friday, August 11

The Southern University Institute for One Health One Medicine launches Mentoring Program

Mentees get an up close and personal overview of the Animal Science program at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus
Baton Rouge, La. (August 11, 2017) – Two seniors from Zachary High were invited to participate in Southern University’s Institute for One Health, One Medicine for exposure to the agricultural sciences in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. The first mentoring program participants were engaged in experiential learning activities on August 3. The students, Ja’Mecia Profit and Amin Washignton, were required to complete a senior project entitled “Windows to the World.” This program will allow the mentees to engage in daily activities through job shadowing and hands-on experiences, while learning leadership skills by working with faculty and staff in the college. This ongoing project throughout their senior year will give the mentees a glimpse of various careers in agriculture with emphasis on animal science.

Both Ja’Mecia and Amin have chosen Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine as their future career option. They will continue to be exposed to poultry, rabbits, canine, swine and equine, among other types of learning opportunities that will be provided to youth through the institute. We look forward to having Ja’Mecia and Amin in our Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Program next summer, and as incoming freshman next Fall Semester.

Renita W. Marshall, DVM & Professor of Animal Science at the SU Land-Grant Campus, serves as the Interim Director of Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine, and can be reached by calling (225) 771-0252 or emailing renita_marshall@suagcenter.com

The BAYOU Program provides an opportunity for high school students to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and related disciplines at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.

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Wednesday, August 9

Professor Zhu Ning Honored with Prestigious International Society of Arboriculture Award for Sustained Excellence in Education

Professor Ning displays her prestigious international award
Baton Rouge, La. (August 9, 2017) - Dr. Zhu H. Ning, an Endowed Professor at the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Department of the Southern University and A&M College System, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the 2017 recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) prestigious Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

According to the ISA, this Award of Distinction is presented to Professor Ning in recognition of her dedication to enhancing the quality and professionalism of arboriculture through sustained excellence in education.

Ning was recognized during the opening ceremony of the ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show on Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

The ISA, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, USA, is a professional organization supporting urban forestry and arboricultural research, education, and outreach around the world. ISA, with more than 30,000 members and credential holders worldwide, has been honoring members and industry professionals with the Awards of Distinction since 1963. Nominations are reviewed by the ISA Awards Committee and winners are selected then presented to the ISA Board for approval. 

Through her professional services to ISA, Dr. Ning has made significant impacts on arboricultural education at the national and international level. She was elected as a member of the ISA Board of Directors and contributed to the ISA strategic direction including education and research policy development that ensures the educators, scientists, practitioners, and students to receive advanced and best available arboricultural and urban forestry knowledge.

While serving as the ISA President of the Arboriculture Research and Education Academy and member of the ISA Science and Research Committee, she played an important role in identifying emerging education issues and research needs. She also served on the ISA Conference Program Committee to organize the conference education programs/sessions and workshops.

Ning has been an Associate Editor and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, one of the two premier urban forestry journals in the world. Her contributions to the Board and to the Journal have made lasting impacts on the journal’s quality and the scholarly endeavors of the educators and students. She has also served as a peer reviewer of the ISA Arborists’ Certification Study Guide book, arboriculture and urban forestry articles, and book chapters.

Ning’s dedication and impact on urban forestry education extends beyond the borders. She has influenced the development of scientific exchange in urban forestry between USA and China. Supported by the ISA, Ning chaired and organized the first “Urban Forest Sustainability International Symposium.” Her efforts provided education and scientific exchange platform for international educators, scientists, practitioners, and students from four continents.

“Dr. Ning’s work with the international symposium not only helped promote arboriculture in China, but also introduced the world’s most populous country to ISA,” says Michelle Mitchell, ISA Board president. “Ning also led a team in translating ISA’s Arboriculture Dictionary into Chinese, which helped advance arboriculture education in China.”

“I am deeply humbled for being honored with this award. I want to thank the ISA and its members for nominating, selecting, and honoring me with this highest award in arboricultural education. I would like to acknowledge Southern University, NSF, NASA, USDA NIFA, ISA, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for their support to my research and education efforts that benefit the students both in USA and China,” Ning said.

With the new course contents and teaching modules, Ning has contributed to the enhancement of the Urban Forestry Master’s degree curriculum at Southern University by designing, developing, and enhancing an arboricultural course titled “Tree Biomechanics.” She encourages students to learn tree structure, function and physiological processes in an interconnected way, and challenges students to apply the learned knowledge in identifying tree structural problems, conducting tree risk assessment, and developing mitigation strategies.

She has also created a new course titled “Sustainable Natural Resources in a Changing Climate.” Ning has incorporated climate change and sustainability, two issues of critical importance to the world, to the SU’s Urban Forestry B.S. curriculum, which is a significant effort in enhancing urban forestry education and enabling students to be familiar with related current and potential national initiatives.

With the support from her externally funded nationally competitive grants and projects, such as “Quantifying the response of urban tree species to elevated CO2 and flooding,” “Integrating Sustainability in Urban Forestry and Agriculture Education,” and “Enhancing global competence and research skills in climate change and urban ecosystems through collaborative research in China,” Ning provided experiential learning opportunities and hands-on research training that enable students to enhance their research skills and knowledge, and strengthen their global competency. 

Dr. Ning’s externally funded projects have been a valuable tool in recruitment and retention that enabled her and the department to attract, select, and retain highly qualified new recruits both at undergraduate and graduate levels, through providing professional development opportunities, research stipends for undergraduate students, assistantships for graduate students, and salaries for post - doctoral trainees.

Utilizing her grant writing skills, she has created and taught a new Ph.D. level course called “Proposal Development and Grant Writing.” She offers students the principles in developing a proposal, teaches how to write a proposal, leads them in exploring the funding opportunities, guides students in preparing a grant application, and prepares them for a competitive workforce.

For more information, please contact Zhu H. Ning at zhu_ning@subr.edu or 225-771-6292.

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SU Ag Center’s 4-H LIFE CHILL visits Global Wildlife Center

SU Ag Center 4-H LIFE CHILL youth, caregivers and mentors toured the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, La. on July 18, 2017. 

Baton Rouge, La. The Southern University Ag Center’s 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) Mentoring Program and Changing How I Live Life (CHILL) group participated in a tour of the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, La. on July 18, 2017.

A total of 28 participants – 18 youth along with 10 mentors, volunteers, SU Ag Center staff and caregivers - from East Baton Rouge and St. Landry Parishes attended the tour.

The youth were extremely excited and amazed to see and learn about so many exotic animals from all over the world. As an added bonus, the youth were able to feed the animals.

Many youth and caregivers stated they had never visited the Global Wildlife Center and were happy the 4-H LIFE team put the tour together.

The SU Ag Center's 4-H LIFE program seeks to rebuild broken family units who have been impacted by parental incarceration.  The 4-H National Mentoring project engages youth ages 5 to 17 in interactive family activities that include the incarcerated parent and the caregiver.  The program operates in both East Baton Rouge and St. Landry Parishes.

CHILL is a group mentoring session that brings mentors/mentees together each month to participate in fun activities that will develop and/or strengthen their relationships. 

The 4-H LIFE program is directed by Dr. Tiffany Franklin, Principal Investigator and Milissia John Baptiste-Cole, Co-Principal Investigator.

For additional information about this program or how to become a mentor, contact Dr. Franklin or Mrs. John Baptiste-Cole at 225-771-2242.

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

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Wednesday, August 2

SU Land-Grant Campus Concludes a Successful Inaugural Retreat

Administrative staff pose for a photo on the final day of the 'Inaugural Administrative Organization and Strategic Planning Retreat.' The event was held at the Southern University Law Center from July 31 to August 2, 2017.

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus concluded its two and a half day ‘Inaugural Administrative Organization and Strategic Planning Retreat’ on August 2, 2017.

The retreat, which was held at the Southern University Law Center, was facilitated by Beattra Wilson, National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and Dr. Willie Rawls, Retired Associate Research Director and Professor of Agricultural Education at the SU Ag Center.

The final day of the retreat provided the administrative staff with a re-cap of the issues and solutions formulated during the previous days’ breakout and plenary sessions.

SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean, Dr. Bobby R. Phills, also presented the state of the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus and encouraged the attendees to continue to work together to provide the best Research, Extension and Teaching experiences for the Center’s clientele and students.

The event ended with a picnic in the courtyard of the Law Center.

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

View photos from the retreat here.

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Monday, July 31

SU Land-Grant Campus holds first day of Inaugural Retreat

Beattra Wilson provides instructions during the first day of the SU Land-Grant Campus's Inaugural Administrative Organization and Strategic Planning Retreat at the SU Law Center on July 31, 2017.

Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus kicked off the first day of its ‘Inaugural Administrative Organization and Strategic Planning Retreat’ on July 31, 2017 at the SU Law Center.

Collaboration was the resounding theme of several departmental and program presentations on day one of the retreat, which is being held to provide an opportunity for the administrative staff to reform and reorganize the structure of the SU Land-Grant Campus for the next year.

Presentations on the Campus’s Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants and its Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine provided insight as to how other Land-Grant Campus departments and programs can incorporate a venue for researchers, SU students and small farmers and gardeners from the community. Both humans and animals will benefit from these cross-collaborations of research, extension\outreach and teaching.

The day concluded with remarks by SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean, Dr. Bobby R. Phills.

The retreat will run until August 2 and will include team building exercises, breakout sessions on an individual’s role in the collective vision, improving experiential learning for students and mission planning and implementation.

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


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Friday, July 28

SU Land-Grant Campus teaches youth about agriculture and Southern through Family & Youth Expo

Youth participants learn while having fun at Expo event
Baton Rouge, La. (July 28, 2017) – Nearly 60 youth participated in the Acadiana Family and Youth Expo hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus at the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) in Opelousas on July 27. This year’s expo themed, “Cultivating the Next Generation of Ag Leaders,” attracted participants from the Acadiana Region including Iberia, St. Landry, Lafayette, Calcasieu and St. Martin Parishes, to enjoy educational activities, contests and games.  

Youth were involved in hands-on activities such as financial literacy, cooking demonstration, herb gardening, bio-fuel processing, fire prevention, drone demonstrations, and a basketball game. They also competed in Public Speaking and Creative Writing Competitions. In the Middle School category of the Public Speaking Contest, Devon Scott emerged as the sole first place winner. Nyah Hampton from St. Landry placed 1st in the High School group, followed by Alesia Francis from Lafayette and Brendalyn Jarius from Lafayette in 3rd place. Winners in the High School Creative Writing category were: Anjanelle Armstead from Calcasieu in 1st place, Nia Johnson from Iberia 2nd, and Mackenzie Therry of St. Landry in 3rd place.

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

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

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Wednesday, July 26

SU Land-Grant Campus launches SNAP-Ed Mobile App

SU Land-Grant SNAP-Ed mobile app
Baton Rouge, La. - Nutritionally Yours Program at the SU Land-Grant Campus has announced the release of a free mobile SNAP-Ed App available in Apple and Android stores for download. Search for “SU Ag snap ed” or “SU Ag Nutrition” in the app store. You can download, use and share the app with friends and family.

The app links directly to the Nutritionally Yours website with tons of information, including how to apply for SNAP.

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps). It is part of the U.S. domestic hunger safety net and provides economic benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families for food purchases. SNAP -Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity-prevention component of SNAP.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is funded by USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
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CHEF Camp at SU Land-Grant Campus continues teaching youth cooking and social skills

Campers have fun while they cook 
Baton Rouge, La. (July 26, 2017) - The Southern University Land-Grant Campus continues a joint effort with the LSU AgCenter to immerse youth in cooking lessons in a summer camp titled, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” or CHEF Camp.

The second session of the CHEF Camp for youth ages 12-15 is in full swing July through July 28. The camp teaches basic cooking principles and nutrition education to combat childhood obesity and related diseases. It also teaches social skills, food and kitchen safety. In addition to learning how to cook a meal, the youth played a game called "Fear Factor," where they were blind folded and had to identify the fruit or spice they were given to taste. Later, they made Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips.

Camp lessons are based on basic cooking principles and nutrition education utilizing the USDA’s recommendations and guidelines.

For more information about the camp, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055 or email kiyana_kelly@sugacenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

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Tuesday, July 18

SARDI partners with SCORE to host monthly ‘Lunch & Learn’ Business Series

Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, La.The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) has partnered with the Acadiana SCORE chapter to host free monthly small-business ‘Lunch and Learn’ workshops to encourage economic development in the Acadiana region.

The first workshop, which will focus on Marketing 101, will be held on Thursday, July 20 at SARDI, 1209 Diesi St. in Opelousas, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The two-hour workshop will teach participants how to:      
  
  • ·         Choose the best advertising method for their business
  • ·         Clearly communicate digitally to your ideal customer
  • ·         Select and create marketing collateral
  • ·         Establish an advertising budget
  • ·         Fundamentals to devise a Marketing Plan

Tonia Askins, Louisiana District Director of SCORE Louisiana, will conduct the workshop and mentor small business owners.

To register for the ‘Lunch & Learn’ Series visit http://conta.cc/2vfRYag, contact SARDI at 337-943-2410 or email sardi@suagcenter.com.

Future workshops will covers topics ranging from customer service to finance.   
   
The Acadiana SCORE chapter is a non-profit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed by providing guidance and counseling in the eight parish area of Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, St. Landry, Acadia, Evangeline and Iberia Parishes.

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

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

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Federal funding for Louisiana farmers impacted by 2016 floods

Baton Rouge, La. (July 18, 2017) – Reliable sources report that Louisiana farmers could soon see federal funding to recover any financial losses from the recent March and August floods of 2016. 

A $10 million grant is being funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for farmers in 51 parishes who qualify. 
The funding will be administered by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture of Forestry, which has held meetings throughout the state to inform farmers of the guidelines and application process to receive some of the grant money.

Farmers must have crop loss totaling at least $10,000 and pre-storm revenue of $25,000 in the years since 2014 to be eligible.

Crop loss must amount to a minimum of $10,000 as calculated by the crop-loss calculator. Eligible crops include: cotton, corn, grain sorghum, rice, hay, soybeans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, strawberries, and wheat. Crawfish and cattle are also included.

To review the guidelines, go to 

Applications will be available online July 26. 

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Friday, July 14

Session one of CHEF Camp concludes at Southern University Land-Grant Campus

Campers learn to cut pizza hands-on

Teachers and students celebrate at the end of their week-long CHEF Camp
Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Land-Grant Campus collaborated with the LSU AgCenter to host a youth cooking school, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” or CHEF for youth ages 9-11 from July 10-15. The second session of camp directed towards 12-15 year olds will take place on SU Campus July 24-28, 2017.

The camp is designed to teach basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s recommendations and guidelines, with the goal of combating childhood obesity and related diseases. It also teaches MyPlate, germ prevention, kitchen safety, and social skills.

“These camps are very useful in this day and time for children to learn skills they can use for life,” said Kiyana Kelly, Nutrition Educator at the SU Land-Grant Campus. “Especially learning how to prepare food safely using the microwave now that many parents work, and when kids get return from school they can still eat healthy.”

The mother of one camper expressed her satisfaction with the skills her daughter learned in camp. “Jayla is learning more about healthy eating and MyPlate with more information on cooking and eating healthy than before she came to camp,” said Liza Singleton. Jayla Singleton who attends LaSalle Elementary School chimed in, “It’s fun!”

From the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Emanuel Andrews, Community Outreach Coordinator, was on hand with games to keep the campers engaged in physical activity and to raise awareness about the importance of staying active in addition to eating healthy.

At the conclusion of the camp, family members participate in sampling food prepared by their students, who went home with certificates of completion, recipe books and other goodies to continue their journey of healthy living. The CHEF Camp concluded with Pizza, Mac and Cheese, and Smoothie in-a-Bag.

For more information about the camp, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055 or mail kiyana_kelly@sugacenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

Click here to view photos from the East Baton Rouge Parish CHEF Camp.

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Class VI of the Small Farmer Ag Leadership Institute takes a farm study tour to Houston

Baton Rouge, La. – Members of the 6th class of the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute, advisors and SU Land-grant campus employees are on a three-day tour to explore agriculture in the greater Houston area, July 12-15, 2017.

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus offers an agricultural leadership training program to small farmers across the United States for the past 11 years. This two-year course of study, consists of training seminars, video lessons, agricultural enterprise visits and farm study tours.

SU Ag Institute tour group visits the George Bush Library and Museum while in Houston
The SU Land-Grant Campus is collaborating on this effort with the Southern University Law Center, Alcorn State University - Small Farm Development Center, Prairie View A & M University - Cooperative Extension Program and North Carolina A & T State University - Cooperative Extension Program to bring the Institute to the farmers in various locations.

The 1890 System developed the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute to guide small, limited-resource and minority farmers through the process of becoming more competitive agricultural entrepreneurs. 


This project is supported by the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, USDA.

For more information about the program, contact Dawn Mellion-Patin, PhD, director, Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute/Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach at 225-771-3532.
Additional information is available on our website at http://www.suagcenter.com/small-farmers

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Thursday, July 13

Youth learn cooking skills at the SU Land-Grant CHEF Camp

Baton Rouge, La. – A Joint SU/LSU Ag Centers “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) Camp, for boys and girls ages 9-11, is in full swing July 10-14 on the Southern University Land-Grant Campus. 

The Camp engages youth in a cooking, and learning about germ prevention, kitchen safety, and MyPlate, with a hands-on approach on preparing some healthy favorite dishes. Population opinion is that when the children cook, they enjoy eating their food. Today, they snacked as they cooked their pasta dish of Cheesy, Easy Mac. The snack of the day was Blue Corn Tortilla with a healthy topping to accompany it.

The next camp for youth ages 12 – 15 starts from July 24 – 28 on the SU Land-Grant Campus.

The camp is organized by Kiyana Kelly and Marquetta Anderson.
  
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The Louisiana Delegation from SU Land-Grant Campus Explores the Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus youth from the SU Land-Grant Campus visit Capitol Hill

The Louisiana delegates pose for a photo with Representative Garrett Graves from Louisiana’s 6th District
Baton Rouge, La. - Dr. Tiffany Franklin, 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Coordinator at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, and Ms. Tara Hollins, accompanied a delegation of six youth to the 2017 CWF in Washington D.C., July 10 -14.
While in DC, they have had the opportunity tour the US Congress, where they met Representative Cedric Richmond, from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, and had a personal, night tour of the Capital with Representative Garrett Graves from Louisiana’s 6th District.
The youth are in the process of finalizing their Community Action Plan, which will be carried out after they return to Louisiana.
This year’s delegates are Michael Boudreaux, Tyliya Pitts, and Michael Wicker, from the SU Lab School; Jaymya Jouber, A'mya Thomas, and Coby Pittman, from Park Ridge Academic Magnet School.

Citizenship Washington Focus is an educational conference for youth ages 15 to 19. Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, DC, it gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.

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