Tuesday, July 18

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

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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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Friday, July 7

BAYOU Phase IV students bid farewell to SU Land-Grant Campus


Baton Rouge, La. - On July 7, 2017, the 33 remaining participants in the BAYOU Program at the SU Land-Grant Campus returned home for the rest of the summer. Some of them will return in the fall and enroll in the agricultural sciences at Southern University.

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Shining Stars drop by the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus

Dr. Mellion-Patin interacts with STARS campers during SU campus visit
Baton Rouge, La. – Shining stars from the neighborhood dropped by the SU Land-Grant Campus on July 7, 2017. More than 70 boys ranging from kindergarten to the 7th grade who are participating in the “Students That Are Reaching Success” (S.T.A.R.S.) Program at the Abounding Love Ministries in North Baton Rouge, paid the Campus a visit as part of their camp activity. 

The Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach, Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin was on hand to welcome the students.

The STARS Camp offers a morning of reading and math classes to prepare campers academically for the next school year and an afternoon of enrichment activities such as Dance, Music, Arts and Crafts, Woodworks, Drama, Public-Speaking, African American History, Computer Literacy, and Foreign Language.  Also, Recreational activities with a week-long Sports Camp are other activities. 

Pastor Albert W. White, the founder and President of S.T.A.R.S. Enrichment Camp was with the youth group to gain knowledge on the agricultural programs offered by the Land-Grant Campus.  

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Thursday, July 6

SU Land-Grant Campus Concludes BAYOU Phase IV

BAYOU students are poised for their research presentations

Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills wishes a bright future for the BAYOU students
Baton Rouge, La. – For the 38 participants in the Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) program, today marks the conclusion of the five-week summer experiential learning program with the SU Land-Grant Campus family.

During their stay, they conducted research, took trips and had fun while learning.

On July 6, 2017, the remaining 33 students in the program presented information on their research activities in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Urban Forestry, Child Development, Apparel Merchandising and Textiles, Human Nutrition and Food, Animal Science and Plant and Soil Sciences.

The Chancellor-Dean of the Land-Grant Campus, Dr. Bobby R. Phills expressed his pride in the students’ growth in his closing remarks.

“I am impressed with your research presentations.  You can compete with college students,” said Phills.

Dr. Phills also expressed his gratitude to the parents for allowing them the opportunity to experience life on campus this summer. He also invited the students back as SU students in the agricultural sciences.

Upcoming high school senior Sarah Neal says she plans to take Dr. Phills up on his offer. 

The Winnsboro, La. native is already planning to participate in the BAYOU program next year and ultimately earn a degree in Agricultural Economics.

"I came to BAYOU to learn about the different majors and opportunities available in the field of agriculture," said Neal. "I would like learn more about agricultural economics to help grow and build the economies of rural communities through entrepreneurship," she added.

The BAYOU program provides an opportunity for high school seniors and incoming college freshman to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

To qualify, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 11th grade. The students’ live in the dormitories on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus and are permitted to go home on the weekends.

Click here to view photos from the event. 

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Friday, June 30

SU Land-Grant Campus holds Regional Family and Youth Expo in St. Helena Parish

Sample activities at the St. Helena Expo
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus held the first of three regional family and youth expositions at the St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg, La. on June 30.

Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach, was on hand to bring greetings to the more than 114 youth and adult participants. 

The expo, themed “Cultivating the Next Generation of Ag Leaders,” is part of the Campus’s culminating event for its 2017 youth development programs.

The expo featured interactive learning activities including a petting zoo, crop demonstration, mud painting, etiquette, farming presentations by local farmers, social media, cooking demonstration, fire & flood, entrepreneurship, Indian History and much more.

For additional information, contact Nicolette Gordon at 225-222-4136 or email nicolette_gordon@sugcenter.com.

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Monday, June 26

SARDI holds first ACT Prep Workshop

Twenty-five students from several St. Landry Parish High Schools attended the June 3 ACT Prep Workshop hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute.
Baton Rouge, La. The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) hosted its first ACT PREP Workshop on June 3, 2017 at its Opelousas location. Twenty-five students from Northwest High, Opelousas High, North Central High, and Porte Barre High Schools attended the workshop.
Dr. Donya Boyd instructed the ACT Prep workshop, which covered subjects such as mathematics and English. At the end of the workshop, students had an understanding of what will be expected on the ACT test and how to prepare for future exams. Dr. Boyd was assisted by SARDI’s staff.
SARDI is a satellite campus of the SU 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 College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.
For additional information about SARDI or to receive information about its programs and services, call 337-943-2410.
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Thursday, June 22

SARDI Kicks Off its Annual Summer Camp

Photos from the first week of Summer Camp at the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI).

Baton Rouge, La.Thirty youth arrived at the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) on June 5 to begin their first week of summer camp.

Antonio Harris, SARDI’s director, greeted the students, introduced them to the staff and discussed the rules and guidelines of the summer camp.

The students enjoyed their classes which included Mathematics, where they completed work on two digit multiplication and order of operations; Creative Writing, where they completed their daily journals and started on their, “Who am I” posters; Agriculture, where the they learned three different characteristics of fruit and in Science, where they began their project on their favorite scientist.

The camp’s instructors are Alishia Vallien – Mathematics, Heather Bob - Creative Writing, Taranza Arvie – Agriculture and Gina Readore – Science.

SARDI’s staff takes pride in providing safe, fun and educational programs for youth  in rural areas. The staff, along with the campers, are looking forward to the next three weeks of camp.

The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute is a satellite campus of the SU Ag Center housed in Opelousas, La. It 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 College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.

For additional information about SARDI or to receive information about its programs and services, call 337-943-2410.

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Tuesday, June 20

SU Land-Grant Campus to hold Regional Family and Youth Expos in St. Helena, St. Landry and Madison Parishes

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Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will host three regional family and youth expositions in Greensburg, Opelousas and Tallulah.

The expos, all themed “Cultivating the Next Generation of Ag Leaders,” are part of the Campus’s culminating events for its 2017 youth development program.

Every expo will feature a public speaking and creative writing competition as well as interactive learning activities.

The dates, times and locations of the expos are:

Florida Parishes Family and Youth Expo
The Florida Parishes Family and Youth Expo will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the St. Helena College and Career Academy, 14340 LA-37, Greensburg, LA 70441.

The expo will feature interactive workshops, live cooking demonstrations, Louisiana Mud Painting, a petting zoo, Ag Got Talent and much more.

For additional information, contact Nicolette Gordon at 225-222-4136 or email nicolette_gordon@sugcenter.com.

Acadiana Family and Youth Expo
The Acadiana Family and Youth Expo will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI), 1209 Diesi St., Opelousas, LA 70570.

The expo will feature motivational speakers, cooking demonstrations, workshops on social media safety; bullying; biofuel and gardening, fitness activities, games and a school supply give away.

For additional information, contact Krystle Washington at 337-943-2410 or email krystle_washington@suagcenter.com.

Delta Regional Expo
The Delta Regional Expo will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tallulah Elementary School, 1100 Johnson Street, Tallulah, LA 71282.

The expo will feature interactive learning activities, demonstrations, and much more.

For additional information, contact Sarah Sims at 318-574-2465 or email sarah_sims@suagcenter.com.

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

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Monday, June 19

Youth Voice, Youth Choice: Ambassadors for Healthy Living

Youth enjoy smoothies at the Land-Grant Campus' tent after the 'Breaking the Barriers" baseball clinic and team exhibits on May 20, 2017.

Baton Rouge, La. On May 20, 2017 several employees of the SU Land-Grant Campus served as volunteers for the Walmart Foundation funded 4-H program “Youth Voice, Youth Choice,” which teaches healthy living practices to under served youth through its Ambassadors for Healthy Living Program.   This year, the campus partnered with Louisiana Youth Sports Network to teach youth about living healthy through diet and exercise. The Land-Grant Campus volunteers registered over 200 youth, ages 9-15 for the Louisiana Youth Baseball program.  Youth also participated in "Breaking the Barriers" baseball clinic and team exhibits.
In addition, youth visited the Land-Grant Campus' tent, where they enjoyed nutritional smoothies, learned about healthy and tobacco free living, and engaged in physical fitness by riding the smoothie maker bicycle.
Kelli Hollins,  Extension Associate/EBR Youth Voice, Youth Choice Agent; Dr. Tiffany Franklin, Project Coordinator; Dr. Marlin Ford, Assistant Professor;  De’Shoin York, Nutrition Program Leader; Zanetta Augustine, Extension Associate;  and Bernice Carter, Community Encourager with the Communities of Color Network (CoC) along with the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach, Dr.  Dawn Mellion-Patin volunteered during the event.

MANNRS student, Keira Augustine and advisor, Jeremy Hendrix with the Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry also volunteered and assisted youth with registration and smoothie making.

For more information on Youth Voice, Youth Choice Ambassadors for Healthy Living, contact Kelli Hollins at 225-771-5782 or
kelli_hollins@suagcenter.com.

To volunteer with the Louisiana Youth Sports Network, contact the organization’s Director Leroy Hollins II at 225.308.1147, via email at
TheFuture@LouisianaYouthSportsNetwork.com or visit www.LouisianaYouthSportsNetwork.com.

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Friday, June 16

SU Ag Center to hold CHEF Cooking Camps for Youth Throughout the State


Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Ag Center, in collaboration with the LSU AgCenter, will sponsor its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) cooking camp for youth in several parishes throughout the state.

The C.H.E.F. cooking camp is designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s, “MyPlate” food guidance system and Dietary Guidelines.

Each day, participants will work together to create an entire meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team building skills, planning and time management.

The camps will be held in East Baton Rouge, Calcasieu, West Carroll, East Carroll, Caddo, Madison, Lafayette, St. Helena and Jefferson Davis Parishes.

Below are the dates, times and locations of the camps:         
                                                           

West Carroll Parish

The camp will be held June 19 – 23, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., for youth aged 9 – 17 at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 LA-17 in Oak Grove, La.

Only 25 youth will be accepted for the camp on a first come, first served basis.

Registration for the camp is $10 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form.

To obtain a registration form or for additional information contact Mrs. Carolyn Robinson at 318-428-3571 or via email at carolyn_robinson@suagcenter.com.

Caddo Parish

The camp will be held June 19 – 23, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., for youth aged 9 – 12 at the Caddo SU/LSU Extension Office, 2408 East 70th Street in Shreveport.

Only 15 participants will be accepted in the camp on a first come, first served basis.

Registration for the camp is $20 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form.

The deadline to register for the camp is June 16.

To obtain a registration form or for additional information, contact Mrs. Patricia Lee at 318-226-6805 or 318-872-0533 and via email at patricia_lee@suagcenter.com.

Calcasieu Parish

The camp will be held June 26 – 29 at the Vinton Recreation Center, 1615 Horridge St. in Vinton, La., from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for youth aged 9 -13.  Only 25 youth will be accepted for the camp on a first come, first served basis.

The camp is free, but a registration form must be submitted for each child attending the camp. The registration deadline is June 19.    

Contact Carol Sensley at the Lake Charles SU/LSU Extension Office at 337-475-8812 to request an application.

Madison Parish

The camp will be held June 26 – July 1, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., for youth aged 9 – 17, at Madison High School, 1234 Madison High Drive in Tallulah.

Registration for the camp is $25 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form. 

Registration forms can be obtained from the Tallulah SU/LSU Extension Office located on 114 N. Cedar Street.

The deadline to register for the camp is June 16.         
  
For additional information, contact Mrs. Sarah Sims at 318-574-2465 or via e-mail at, sarah_sims@suagcenter.com.

Lafayette Parish

The camp will be held July 10 – 14, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for youth aged 9 – 14 at the Lafayette SU/LSU Extension Office, 1010 Lafayette St. Ste. 325.

Only 15 participants will be accepted in the camp on a first come, first served basis. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and healthy snack each day.

Youth must have an interest in cooking or learning to cook. Behavioral issues will not be tolerated.

Registration for the camp, which is  $25, will be held at the Lafayette Extension Office from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 19-23 and June 26-28. Parents can pay the registration fee with cash or check as well as complete their registration form during the registration periods.

For additional information, contact Angell Jordan at 337-291-7090 or via e-mail at, angell_jordan@suagcenter.com.

East Baton Rouge Parish

Camps will be held for youth aged 9 – 11 on July 10 – 14 and youth aged 12 – 15 on July 24 – 28.

Both camps will be held on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Only 12-16 participants will be accepted for each camp. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and healthy snack each day.

Registration for both camps is $25 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form and mailed to: C.H.E.F., Nutrition Education Program, Southern University Ag Center, P. O. Box 10010, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. Payment must be made in the form of a money order payable to the Southern University Ag Center.

The deadline to apply for both camp sessions is Friday, June 30.

To enroll or for additional information, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson at 225-389-3055 or via e-mail at, kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

East Carroll Parish

The camp will be held July 17 – 21, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., for youth aged 9 – 17 at the SU/LSU East Carroll Parish Extension Office, 502 First Street in Lake Providence. Only 10 youth will be accepted for the camp on a first come, first served basis.

Registration for the camp is $10 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form.

To obtain a registration form or for additional information, contact Mrs. Carolyn Robinson at 318-559-0060 or via email at carolyn_robinson@suagcenter.com.

Jefferson Davis Parish

The camp will be held July 10 – 13 at the Jennings SU/LSU Extension Office, 1006 South Lake Arthur Ave., from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for youth aged 9 – 13. Only 25 youth will be accepted in the camp on a first come, first served basis.

Registration is $20 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form. The registration deadline is July 3. 

To obtain a registration form or for additional information, contact Sharnet Nixon at 337-824-1773 or email Ms. Nixon at sharnet_nixon@suagcenter.com.

St. Helena Parish

The camp will be held July 17 – 21, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., for youth aged 9 - 15 at the Fifth Ward Multipurpose Center, located off Louisiana Highway 16 between Montpelier and Amite.

Only 20 youth will be accepted for the camp on a first come, first served basis.

The camp is free, but a registration form must be submitted for each child attending the camp. The registration deadline is June 19.    

Volunteers are also welcome.

To register or to volunteer, contact Bianca Plant at 225-222-4136 or via email at bplant@agcenter.lsu.edu.



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Monday, June 12

SU Urban Forestry student Brittany Benjamin awarded BR Garden Club Scholarship

Urban Forestry graduate student Brittany Benjamin and professor of Urban Forestry Dr. Zhu Ning. 

Baton Rouge, La. The Baton Rouge Garden Club has selected Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences student Brittany Benjamin, as the recipient of the 2017 Elaine Humphries Memorial Scholarship.

Benjamin is an Urban Forestry graduate student from New Orleans, La.

The $1,500 scholarship is provided to financially assist worthy students in the fields of horticulture, landscape architecture and urban forestry.

“We are most impressed with all Brittany’s accomplishments,” said Sue Webb, Chair of the Baton Rouge Garden Club’s Scholarship Committee.

The scholarship was presented to Benjamin during the Baton Rouge Garden Club’s Spring Luncheon on May 19. Ms. Webb and the club’s president, Cindy Moran, invited Benjamin and Dr. Zhu Ning, professor of Urban Forestry in SU’s College of Agriculture, to attend the luncheon. After receiving the scholarship, Benjamin spoke to the attendees about the value of her education in urban forestry and her career objectives.

“In past years, the scholarship winners have been students from LSU,” said Dr. Ning, who is Benjamin’s academic adviser and mentor. “I am so proud that Brittany was selected this year for her high quality achievements in course work, research, and international experience,” added Ning.

Brittany currently carries a 4.0 GPA. On April 2, 2017, she competed in the graduate student’s research oral presentation competition at the Association of Research Director’s Symposium in Atlanta, Ga. and won third place.

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus is comprised of the Southern University Ag Center and the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Tuesday, June 6

SU Land-Grant Campus introduces youth to Agriculture through its BAYOU Program

Dr. Bobby Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the SU Land-Grant Campus, poses for a photo with BAYOU participants after their orientation on June 5, 2017.

Baton Rouge, La. Thirty-eight participants in the Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) program arrived from Louisiana, Texas, California and Tennessee on June 5, for a five-week summer experiential learning program with the SU Land-Grant Campus family. During their stay on campus, they will learn how to conduct research with faculty members in Apparel Merchandising, Human Nutrition, Child Development, Plant & Soil Sciences, Animal Science, and Urban Forestry among other activities.

During his welcome address, Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the SU Land-Grant Campus, emphasized the importance of parents letting their children spread their wings and encouraged the youth to being willing to thrive.

To the parents, “if you will allow us, we will take care of your children, and you will see the difference in five weeks,” said Dr. Phills. And to the students, “you can go as far as you want in life if you let us guide you,” he added.

The calendar of activities for the BAYOU students looks full and exciting with research activities, tours and trips.

The BAYOU program provides an opportunity for high school seniors and incoming college freshman to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

To qualify, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 11th grade. The students’ live in the dormitories on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus and are permitted to go home on the weekends.

Students participating in BAYOU are:

Akera Tinson                                      Lashuntae Burrell
Angel Washington                             Lauren Childress
Ashley Henry                                     Makenzie Richard
Asia Smith                                         Mar’Keinzie Rose
August Pitre                                       Nyla Wells
Cassidy Robertson                             Patelon James
Christopher Amos                              Reontaye Davis
Ciarrah Erby                                       Rodney Purdy, Jr.
Elijah Jordan                                      Ronalynn Davis
Elijah Spain                                        Sarah Neal
Elizanae Jackson                                Shonna Smith
Farrin Johnson                                    Shr’Lyric White
Jada Wade                                         Tess Brown
Jewel Williams                                   Trey Coleman
Kaia South                                         Tyrese Chambers
Kaien Jones                                        Vashon Ursin, Jr.
Kristen Taylor                                    Whitney Stroman
Lakentra Thompson                           Winston Lawrence

For additional information about the BAYOU program, contact Allison Johnson at 225-771-3660, 318-572-8338 or via e-mail at allison.johnson@osec.usda.gov.

Click here to view photos from the BAYOU program’s orientation.

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