Baton Rouge, La. – Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Louisiana office visited the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Jan. 14.
SU Ag Center’s interim Chancellor Dr. Adell Brown, Jr., Vice Chancellor for Extension Dr. Gina E. Eubanks, along with several faculty and staff of the SU Ag Center and professors from the Southern University Baton Rouge campus’ College of Sciences and Agriculture, met with Kevin Norton, the state’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Program Liaison; Randolph Joseph, NRCS State Conservationist; Craig McCain, Louisiana’s Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Christine Normand, FSA’s Administrative Chief during the visit.
The group held a round table discussion which focused on enhancing the relationship with both the NRCS and FAS by realigning programs to help the state’s clientele and provide more opportunities for students in the field of agriculture.
The Southern University Ag Center and the SUBR’s College of Sciences and Agriculture will continue to work with the USDA to enhance economic opportunities, provide highly competitive agricultural systems and help the citizens of Louisiana become a healthier, more nourished population.