Monday, September 28

SU/ LSU College of Ag set to co-host Virtual Ag Career Prep Week

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) and the LSU College of Agriculture will co-host the Virtual Louisiana Land-Grant Ag Career Prep Week.

The event will be held October 13-16, 2020 and will provide the agricultural students from the state’s two Land-Grant Institutions with an opportunity to gain professional development skills and network with potential employers.

“Students should start career planning as early as freshman year,” said Dr. Renita Marshall, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services/ Associate Dean of the SU CAFCS. “The goals of the virtual Land-Grant Ag Career Prep Week are to provide CAFCS students with the tools, guidance and opportunity to create and follow a career path, assist students in transitions from college to work at all levels, and introduce students to the many different careers within Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences,” added Dr. Marshall.

The prep week will include:

  • ·       Virtual Agriculture Career Fair
  • ·       Roundtable discussions on Ag Careers
  • ·       Virtual speed networking social
  • ·       Louisiana Land-Grant Coffee Chat with the Dr. Orlando F. McMeans and Dr. Phil Elzer

“The Ag Career Prep Week will also give students an appreciation of what the land-grant status means and how they and their chosen field work together to create stronger communities,” expressed Dr. Marshall.

Students, alumni, employers, and faculty interested in participating in the Virtual Louisiana Land-Grant Ag Prep Week should register by Thursday, October 8, 2020.

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Friday, September 25

SU Ag Center celebrated the 130th Anniversary of the 2nd Morrill Act with the 1890 Universities



Baton Rouge, LA - The SU Ag Center and the Southern University Baton Rouge campus, along with the nation’s 1890 Universities, celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890 with an online forum on Monday, August 31.

 

The Act established a land-grant university system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). in states where African Americans were banned from accessing public higher education.

 

“The Second Morrill Act of 1890 was passed out of necessity, due to the fact that the First Morrill Act excluded the African American citizenry from attending colleges established under the initial land-grant provision,” said Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, Chancellor-Dean of the SU Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. “In summary, the Second Morrill Act stated that these schools were created to provide instruction in agriculture, the mechanical arts, English language and the various branches of mathematical, physical, natural, and economic science to the black citizens of the states where these students had no access to other higher education institutions,” added Dr. McMeans. 

 

The webinar featured two panel discussions, one consisting of the presidents of several 1890 Universities and Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The second panel discussion consisted of private sector leaders.  Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences alum and the Director of U.S. Federal Government Affairs at Walmart, Phillip Thomas-Wallace, was one of five panelists who spoke during the forum.

 

The 1890s educate nearly 100,000 students annually, contribute more than $4.4 billion to the local economies, and provide pathways of opportunity for thousands of Americans, with little investment.

           

The 1890 land-grant universities are: Southern University and A&M College, Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University in Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.

 

View the 1890 Morrill Act 130th Anniversary Video.

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Wednesday, September 9

SU Ag Center to provide free physical exams during Small & Large Animal Health Clinic

 


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center, the SU Institute for One Health One Medicine and Jackson’s Veterinary Services have partnered to host a Small and Large Animal Health Clinic from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The clinic, which will include free physical exams for animals, will be held at the SU Ag Center’s Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, located at 14600 Scenic Hwy., in Baton Rouge, La.

To request an appointment, visit www.jacksonsvet.com, click on appointment request, and complete the form. Individuals will receive a phone call within 24 hours to confirm the appointment time and details. All additional services offered during the health clinic will have a fee.

For additional information, please contact Jackson’s Veterinary Services at 318-947-5018 or via email at info@jacksonsvet.com.

 

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Thursday, September 3

SU Ag Center set to host a webinar on Solutions for Diversity, Access & Equality in Agriculture

 




Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host a webinar entitled, ‘Agriculture: Solutions for Diversity, Access, & Equality’ at 5 p.m. (Central) on September 16.

The webinar will consist of a panel discussion related to agriculture and the issues facing today’s society of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), farmers, scientists, and the challenges of accessing the needs to function and bring about meaningful change. The panel will consist of Dr. Deacue Fields,  Beattra Wilson,  Dr. RenĂ© Brown, and Irene Lewis.

“During these challenging times comprising of racial unrest, disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 amongst minority and underserved communities, and economic challenges, it is imperative that we have such a dialog to discuss ways in which we, as an 1890 land-grant university, engage and provide critical services to the citizens and communities we serve,” expressed Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, Chancellor of the SU Ag Center and Dean of the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Deacue Fields is the Dean and Senior Associate Vice President for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Fields was a faculty member at Auburn University and served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. In his administrative role, he has been successful in establishing multidisciplinary collaborations to attract extramural funds, build relationships with alumni and industry stakeholders to enhance the student experience. He has also conducted research on the impact of agribusinesses on state, regional, and national economies and assisted agribusinesses with marketing and management strategies. Dr. Fields earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southern University, a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, all in Agricultural Economics.

Beattra Wilson is the Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and national lead for Urban and Community Forestry at the USDA Forest Service (FS) in Washington, D.C. In this position, Wilson oversees program policy, budget, partnership development and strategic delivery of national, regional and state urban and community forestry programs. She has served on the Forest Service Environmental Justice Board, co-chaired the USDA 1890 Land Grant Task Force Executive Committee and has built a solid career administering conservation cooperative assistance programs at regional and national offices. She currently serves as agency representative to the Secretary of Agriculture’s Office of Customer Experience and has completed White House detail assignments to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Wilson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.

Dr. RenĂ© Brown is the pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La. He also serves as the President and Moderator of the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana, Inc. and secretary of the T.J. Jemison Baptist Student Union Board. He is also a member of the Board of Leland College, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Workforce Investment Act Youth Services. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern University and a Master’s degree in Crop Physiology from Louisiana State University.

Irene Lewis was Southern University’s Spring 2020 Chief Student Marshal, the student graduating with the highest grade point average in the class. Lewis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Plant and Soil Science. During her academic career, Irene was elected the National Undergraduate President of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization for the 2019-2020 year and Region IV National Undergraduate Vice President of MANRRS for the 2018-2019 year where she represented the organization's college chapters in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Irene was also active in the local Southern University Chapter of MANRRS where she served as both the Secretary during the 2017-2018 academic year and Historian during the 2018-2019 year. She has interned with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and is currently working on a Master’s of Public Administration at The Ohio State University, focusing on food access policy.

“This webinar is not only an opportunity to showcase the successes of our graduates from Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, but also to learn from their collective experiences on the issues associated with diversity, access and equality,” said Dr. McMeans.

To register for the webinar visit, https://rb.gy/tm6bzn.

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Wednesday, September 2

SU Ag Center set to host Free Virtual Certification Program

 


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host three free virtual certification trainings through its Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana’s Small Farmers and Businesses Project.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become virtual teaching and training machines while working remotely,” said Tamika Porter, Project Manager of the Enhancing Capacity Certification Programs. “Our teams have prepared and are excited and eager to continue the work of preparing and equipping others with specific knowledge and tools that will help advance Louisiana communities and abroad,” added Porter.

The educational series will include certifications in Food Safety, Small Business Development and Sustainable Urban Agriculture.

The Food Safety Certification Program will provide basic training to farmers and food production managers on how to prevent, minimize, and reduce the risks of food product contamination during farming, purchasing, receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, reheating and serving. The course is designed for caterers, food truck owners, produce growers, or home cooks. Participants will learn the Basics of Food Safety, Food Safety Regulations, How to Prevent Cross-Contamination, and will go through a Food Handler Training and receive a certificate of completion. This course will be held from September 15 – October 1, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Food Safety Certification Program.

The Small Business Development Certification Program will assist economically challenged business owners in creating and strengthening their business. The program includes courses that develop and improve upon the professional skills of Louisiana Small Entrepreneurs and Farmers.  This training will be held from September 3 – 24, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Small Business Development Certification  Program.

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program is the production of food and fiber products using new emerging, and traditional practices in an urban environment. Participants will become familiar with the techniques and strategies necessary to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and animals in an urban environment sustainably. The course will be held from September 3 – October 6, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program.

The certificate programs have mandatory attendance and participation requirements. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Southern University Ag Center.

This program is has been made available through a partnership with the State of Louisiana Division of Administration Office of Community Development with funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Tuesday, September 1

SU Ag Center to provide Emergency Hurricane Technical Assistance in North Louisiana

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SU Ag Center) will be deploying its Mobile Educational Technology Center (M-TEC) to Bastrop, Louisiana. The purpose of this deployment is to aid in providing technical assistance to the citizens of North Louisiana and the surrounding areas that recently suffered damage during Hurricane Laura. 

 

The SU Ag Center will be providing internet access and mobile computing for those that need to complete online forms.

 

“I am excited to welcome the SU Ag Center’s Mobile Technology Center, which is equipped with computers that will be available for use by our Bastrop and Morehouse Parish citizens,” said Mayor Henry Cotton. “Because of the widespread damage to our local electrical and internet access infrastructure, brought about by Hurricane Laura's destructive winds, this service fills one of our most pressing disaster recovery needs: community access to WiFi-enabled laptops. This will give our residents access to State and Federal aid programs, while maintaining social distance,” added Mayor Cotton.

 

“This is a great opportunity for us to provide assistance and serve one of the areas that is a part of our coverage area,” stated Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, SU Ag Center Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach.

 

The unit is scheduled to be located at The City of Bastrop Technology and Conference Center, 794 Colliers Lane in Bastrop, Louisiana from Thursday, Sept. 3rd – Friday, Sept. 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

 

Face masks and social distancing will be required. 

 

For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Patin at dawn_mellion@suagcenter.com or call (225) 931-2786.

 

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Thursday, August 27

1890 UNIVERSITIES, ELECTED OFFICIALS, BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE THE 130TH ANNIVERSARY OF MORRILL ACT OF 1890



 Federal Legislation Created a System of 19 1890 Land-grant Universities

 

Washington, DC -- The presidents and chancellors of the nation’s 1890 Universities have began celebrating the 130th anniversary of the federal legislation that designated them as land-grant institutions. The Morrill Act of 1890 established a land-grant university system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in states where African Americans were banned from accessing a public higher education.

 

Higher education leaders, elected officials and policymakers, business and community leaders will join in an online celebration of the 1890 land-grant universities anniversary, culminating with a two-hour online forum on Monday, August 31 from 1:00-3:00pm EDT that will explore the history and accomplishments of these institutions and the important role they play in the nation’s future.  Registration for that convening is open to all here.

 

Over the next week, leaders and members of the 1890 university community, policymakers, business and community leaders will use an array of platforms to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of these land-grant institutions, including on social media using #Celebrate1890s. They will highlight innovative programs at the 1890 land-grant universities and their role in developing solutions for local, regional, and global challenges. This week of activities will also include points of pride and/or significant accomplishments for each of the 19 1890 land-grant universities.    

 

The celebration will end with a virtual webinar on August 31, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. EDT. This would have been an in-person gathering were it not for the pandemic, but the 1890 land-grant universities are committed to having a very meaningful event honoring their history and celebrating their current work. The webinar will have two panel discussions. One panel will feature Makola Abdullah, President, Virginia State University; Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Paul Jones, President Fort Valley State University; and Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The webinar will also feature a second panel with private sector leaders such as Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft; Kellie Adesina, Director of Federal Government Affairs at Bayer Crop Science; Karis Gutter, Manager of U.S. Government and Industry at Corteva Agriscience; Demetha Sanders, Global Head of Inclusion & Talent Management at Cargill; and Phillip Thomas-Wallace, Director, U.S. Federal Government Affairs at Walmart.

 

The webinar will also feature remarks from prominent dignitaries such as Scott Hutchins, Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics; Representatives Alma Adams, Vice-Chair of the House Agriculture Committee; David Scott, Lead Sponsor of the 1890 Scholarship Program; and Sanford Bishop, Chair of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee;  Sherrod Brown, Co-Lead Sponsor of the 1890 Centers of Excellence; and Harry Williams, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

 

After 130 years, 19 universities designated as 1890 land-grant universities continue to work together to provide essential research, education, and Extension/public outreach that both sustains U.S. food, fiber and renewable fuel production and addresses the challenges of our time at local, regional, national and global levels. The 1890 land-grant universities have a legacy helping to fill a crucial need of educating first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students; enhancing the resilience of limited-resource farmers, families, individuals, and underserved communities; and pioneering the most advanced and advanced education, research, and engagement programs to improve quality of life. With very little investment, the 1890s educate nearly 100,000 students annually, contribute more than $4.4 billion to the local economies, and provide pathways of opportunity for thousands of Americans. 

 

The land-grant philosophy is even more relevant today, given the dynamic complexity of the socioeconomic environment where an integrated, iterative systems approach provides the best likelihood of generating solutions that are responsive to the complex dynamism of our environment. The 1890 land-grant universities are a perfect platform for addressing the three interlocking disparities of education, health, and economic prosperity made more evident by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, the 1890 institutions plan to focus on these disparities while continuing to play a foundational role in the higher education system and in providing access and enhancing opportunities for all citizens.

           

The 1890 land-grant universities are: Southern University and A&M College, Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University in Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.

Wednesday, August 12

SU Ag Center to discuss the State of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Aug. 17

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will discuss the state of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season during the fifth edition of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19.

The live stream will be held at 12 p.m. on August 17 on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.

The Emergency Preparedness Facebook Live series has included topics on Resources available for Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness for Children, and Older Adults and Resources for Persons with Disabilities.

The broadcast will air approximately 15 – 30 minutes depending on the amount of questions received during the live stream.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, but was rescheduled due to technical difficulties.

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Tuesday, August 11

SU Ag Center set to host Virtual Training Sessions on the Dangers of Tobacco Use

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network will host a ‘Conversation with Communities of Color Network…Tobacco and You,’ a Facebook Live Series.

The series will be broadcasted on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page at 11 a.m. on the following dates:

·       August 11 - Someone is talking about You: Real Quotes from Tobacco Executives, Part 1

·       August 13 - Did You Know…Your Smoke Can Make Me Sick?

·       August 18 - What Do You Know About Tobacco?

·       August 20 - Someone is talking about You: Real Quotes from Tobacco Executives, Part 2

·       August 25 - What’s The Yellow Stain on Your Wall?

·       August 27 - Smoking Breaks Your Heart!

“It is imperative that the Communities of Color Network continues to move forward in our efforts to educate and provide resources to the constituents of Louisiana especially during these unprecedented times,” said Linda Early Brown, Director of the Communities of Color Network.  “We will continue to bridge the gap, virtually as we fight to eradicate and/or reduce tobacco consumption within our communities,” added Brown.

The Communities of Color Network provides support and technical assistance to African-American communities to ensure they are well-informed about the dangers of tobacco, and understand how to protect themselves from unhealthy exposure.

Its mission is to eliminate health inequalities caused by or related to tobacco use among Louisiana communities of color by building coalitions, increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco, and reducing tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke exposure.

 

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Monday, August 10

SU Ag Center set to host a Virtual Session on Good Health Practices

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Family and Human Development Unit will host a virtual learning session on the topic of, “Communicating Good Health Practices” at 10 a.m. on August 10.

 

During the session, participants learn to define good health practices, identify family influences, list ways to better communicate, and set goals for reinforcing health practices. 

 

The session will be able to be viewed on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/Family-Human-Development-103115911307914/ and on Instagram at, https://www.instagram.com/suag_familylinkup/.

 

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Monday, August 3

SU Ag Center set to host a workshop on the 2020 Census

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center, along with the Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host, “Counting Small Towns is a Big Deal,” a Census 2020 workshop.

 

This event will be held live on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook Page at 6:30 p.m. (Central) on August 4.

 

“It is vital that we participate in the census workshop so we can learn the importance of the census and what it means for families and communities,” said Gerald Williams, Community and Economic Development Assistant Specialist at the SU Ag Center. “Participating in the workshop will give individuals a clear understanding about the census,” added Williams.

 

The workshop will provide individuals with relevant information to understand the importance of the 2020 Census and how their communities benefit when everyone is counted.

 

 

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Thursday, July 30

SU Ag Center holds a press conference in Shreveport to mark the release of THC products

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, along with its medical marijuana partner, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, held a press conference on July 27 to mark the release of its THC product line, AYO, in the Shreveport area.

The press conference was held at Shreveport, Louisiana’s The Healing Clinics, LLC.

Delivering remarks during the press conference were: Janana Snowden, Ph.D., Southern University Ag Center Institute for Medicinal Plants Director and Southern University Baton Rouge Agriculture Professor; Chanda Macias, Ph.D., Ilera Healthcare CEO; Adrian Perkins, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Kathryn Thomas, Founding Partner and CEO of The Healing Clinics, LLC.

Southern University became the first Historical Black University to launch its own THC medical cannabis products on July 1, 2020. The University also released a line of hemp-derived CBD product line, Alafia Healthcare on January 25, 2020.  Making Southern the only HBCU to produce both CBD and THC products.

The launch of AYO, followed the state’s expansion of laws to allow more patients to choose medical marijuana for treatment. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on June 11 ACT No 286, which allows any state-licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to any of their patients to find relief for any condition.

AYO is scientifically formulated, lab tested, pesticide free, and only available in the state of Louisiana. To learn more about AYO and cannabis medicine, please visit www.ileraholistichealthcare.com.

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Monday, July 27

SU Ag Center to discuss emergency preparedness resources for persons with disabilities

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the fourth session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on July 31.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.”

“Emergencies and natural disasters present a unique, yet often familiar challenge for individuals with disabilities. When developing the blueprint for the Facebook Live Series, I wanted to ensure the programming would be inclusive of everyone throughout the communities we serve,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host. “As I have stated before, emergencies affect everyone and are unavoidable; it is our responsibility to aid vulnerable communities in mitigating losses. Individuals with disabilities should have the same safety, security, and access to resources as individuals without disabilities,” added Allen.

The Emergency Preparedness Facebook Live series has included topics on Resources available for Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness for Children, and Older Adults.

The series will be aired on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Monday, July 20

SU Ag Center’s donates 4-H Healthy Habits Activity Bags Opelousas Boys and Girls Club

Introduces youth to 4-H learning KickinNutrition.TV 

Standing from left, Adrian Giron, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas, receives a donation of 4-H Healthy Habits activity bags from SARDI's Kayla Fontenot on July 13, 2020.

Baton Rouge, La. – Kayla Fontenot, Assistant Area Agent for Youth Development at the SU Ag Center’s  Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) presented 4-H Healthy Habits activity bags to the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas on July 13. The activity bags contained the following items:

  • Jump Ropes
  • Water Bottles
  • Spray Hand Sanitizer
  • 4-H Activity Sheets
  • Healthy Recipes

Fontenot also provided the organization with materials for the first lesson of KickinNutrition.TV ahead of the program’s debut via Zoom on July 16. KickinNutrition.TV is an innovative, digital 4-H program designed to educate, entertain, and empower children to make healthier food and lifestyle choices. The program also features engaging videos and interactive learning tools designed for urban, inner-city youth and their families. KickinNutrition.TV utilizes comedy, music, and engaging research-based, peer-to-peer nutrition instruction, and cooking demonstrations.

The bags and materials were received by Adrian Giron, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas.

The Boys and Girls Club is a proud partner of SARDI, a satellite campus of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in St. Landry Parish.

View the first lesson of KickinNutrition.TV here. Materials for the lesson are available here.

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Wednesday, July 15

SU Ag Center’s Morehouse Black Farmers Field Day Canceled


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s 2020 Morehouse Black Farmers Field Day has been canceled.

 

To ensure the health and safety of the staff and the Morehouse Parish community, the Ag Center canceled the event after an employee received notification that they had been exposed to COVID-19.

 

The annual field day has been held since 2002 and had drawn crowds of more than 200 current and budding farmers. The Ag Center had planned to hold a virtual field day this year with live and pre-recorded presentations.

 

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Monday, July 13

SU Ag Center set to discuss Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the third session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on July 17.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults.”

“Older adults are often the forgotten demographic in instances of preparation and decision making,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host.  “We aim to equip older adults with the knowledge and resources available to prepare them for unavoidable disasters. The importance is paramount; we recognize our ability to help older adults mitigate losses, but also recognize this is a public health issue,” added Krystle.

Dr. Wanda Spurlock, a professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University and A&M College, will be our guest during the session.

Dr. Spurlock is an expert in the care of older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  She has also been recognized for her expertise in emergency/disaster preparedness and has served as Co-Chair of a National Policy Expert Roundtable on Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults. The outcome of this partnership between the American Red Cross, Scientific Advisory Council and the American Academy of Nursing, was a widely disseminated white paper titled, “Closing the Gaps: Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults.”

In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, where she served as the immediate past Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging, Dr. Spurlock is also a Fellow of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. 

She is recognized as a Distinguished Gerontological Nurse Educator by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, she is also certified as an Academic Nurse Educator and holds board certifications in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Gerontological Nursing Practice. As a member of the Louisiana Dementia Partnership, Dr. Spurlock has played a key role in the reduction in the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing home residents with dementia. She is also recognized by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a Dementia Care Specialist.

Dr. Spurlock has been a registered nurse for over four decades. She earned a diploma in Nursing from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master's in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, and a Doctor of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has received numerous local, state and national awards for her contributions to healthcare and the nursing profession.

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Thursday, July 2

Southern University Ag Center Launches THC Line of Medical Cannabis Products

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare, have releases a line of THC medical cannabis products. Making Southern University the first historically Black university to launch its own THC medical cannabis products.

BATON ROUGE, La. —The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic), today became the nation’s first historically Black university (HBCU) to launch its own THC medical cannabis products. The university holds one of two cannabis licenses in the state of Louisiana. The launch of this historic brand, called AYO, comes on the heels of Louisiana’s unprecedented extension in June of its own medical marijuana program. 


“This is yet another great and historic day for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center,” said Orlando McMeans, chancellor of the Ag Center. “The goal of this program is to provide quality medicine for the citizens of the state of Louisiana through education, research and outreach, all of which are included in the mission of the Ag Center. The release of AYO, along with our CBD products, will enable us to help patients better manage their medical issues and improve their quality of life.”

 

The AYO line joins the ALAFIA product brand, a hemp-derived tincture developed by Southern and Ilera.  ALAFIA launched on January 25 in the Louisiana market, making Southern University the first HBCU producer in both cannabis and hemp.  ALAFIA will be available online nationwide later this summer.

 

“With the launch of both CBD and THC medical marijuana products, Southern continues to set precedents in innovation,” said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System. “In addition to providing healthcare options for Louisiana residents, our valued partner, Ilera, is able to hire local talent. All of this impacts our state’s economy directly while expanding the Southern University brand.”

 

Southern’s medical marijuana program is part of the Ag Center’s Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants, helmed by Janana Snowden, the institute’s director and an assistant professor of agriculture at Southern University Baton Rouge. The institute and Ag Center have long researched plants such as hibiscus in addition to cannabis.

 

“The very important research we conduct on medicinal plants helps us to address health problems that affect communities,” Snowden said. “Our products derived from medicinal plants offer patients another way to alleviate symptoms. We are proud that we can be part of many potential solutions.”

 

AYO has been launched at a time that Louisiana has expanded laws to potentially allow more patients to choose medical marijuana for treatment. On June 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law ACT No 286, allowing any state-licensed physician to recommend medical marijuana to any of their patients to find relief for any condition.

 

“ACT No 286 makes clear that Louisiana residents want full access to medical cannabis and the right to discuss alternative healthcare options with their doctors,” said Chanda Macias, chief executive officer for Ilera Holistic Healthcare. “We are grateful to the entire state legislature in welcoming our input throughout the long history of this bill and listening to the voices of our patients, advocates, doctors and industry colleagues. We had one common goal, which was to bring greater access to medicine for all patients in our great state.”  

 

AYO is scientifically formulated, lab tested, pesticide free, and only available in the state of Louisiana. To learn more about AYO and cannabis medicine, please visit www.ileraholistichealthcare.com.


                                                                              
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Wednesday, June 24

SU Ag Center set to host a virtual seminar series to help youth transition back to school

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host a seminar series to aid youth and young adults who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Giving Youth Healthy Options that Promote Excellence (H.O.P.E.) 4-H Program.

The seminars will provide high school students and recent high school graduates with social and cognitive support through interactive sessions as they transition from the effects of COVID-19 through their return to high school or college.

All sessions will be held on Zoom from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on the topics of:

·       Dealing with the Disappointment – June 25, 2020

·       Preparing For My Tomorrow: What’s Next for Me? – July 9, 2020

·       Vision Board Party - July 12, 2020

·       Social Distancing and Teens – August 8, 2020

·       I Made It – September 5, 2020

“The SU Ag Center is holding this seminar series because we recognize the challenges that our young people are facing are uniquely theirs,” said Dr. Tiffany Franklin, Associate Youth Specialist and Program Leader of 4-H Youth Development at the SU Ag Center. “In consideration of the disruption of the academic setting, socialization, financial stability,  physical and mental well-being, we desire to provide engaging sessions, coupled with coping skills to ease their transition through this new normalcy,” add Dr. Franklin.

Chalonda Hollis, a licensed clinical social worker, will lead the seminars along with Dr. Franklin. Hollis is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Certified-School Social Work Specialist who provides clinical supervision for master level social workers seeking clinical licensure. She has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked to help individuals with behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, school-related issues, childhood disorders, anger management, and emotional distress. She has also worked with victims of abuse and neglect, at-risk youth, and Employee Assistance Program matters.

To access the Giving Youth Healthy Options that Promote Excellence (H.O.P.E.) 4-H Program visit https://zoom.us/j/3548148408#success and use the password 6r92pi.

Thursday, June 18

SU Ag Center set to discuss Emergency Preparedness for Kids during Facebook Live


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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the second session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on June 19.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Children.”

“Children are especially vulnerable before, during and after emergencies,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host. “Learning critical skills on how to plan and respond after an emergency, fosters a sense of understanding and equips children to respond quickly and safely during emergency situations,” added Allen.
The broadcast will last between 15-30 minutes, depending on questions.

The Emergency Preparedness Facebook Live Series will be held biweekly on Fridays at 12 p.m. on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.



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