Thursday, June 21

Southern University Urban Forestry Program to Feature in USDA Anniversary Celebration

USFS APLU celebrate 150 years of Morrill Act
Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University joins the USDA in celebrating the 150th anniversary of federal legislation that made possible state land-grant colleges and universities. More than a century later, those universities remain vital for teaching, research and extension of agricultural and other information to the masses. The Morrill Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, formed the basis for state and territorial colleges. Lincoln signed the act, sponsored by Rep. Justin Morrill, R-Vt., which led to the “agricultural and mechanical arts” colleges.

The USDA Forest Service partners with Southern University and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities to celebrate the anniversary of the Morrill Act showcasing 1890 land-grant universities.  Southern University is among 28 featured universities during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 27- July 10, 2012. Campus and Community event, part of the Folklife celebration is a program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the USDA.

Kamran Abdollahi, professor of urban forestry serves as program leader and research scientist at the SUBR and SU Ag Center campuses. He can be reached at 225-771-6291.



Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

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