Thursday, February 25

SU Ag Center to celebrate National Ag Day in parishes throughout the state

National Ag Day logo
Youth can enter the SU Ag Day Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes

Baton Rouge, LA- The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will host National Agriculture Day (National Ag Day) on March 15, 2016. This will mark the 43rd anniversary of the event, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. This year’s theme is “Stewards of a Healthy Planet.”

Southern University Ag Center agents and staff will hold celebrations in the classrooms of selected schools in East Baton Rouge (including schools in both Baker and Zachary) St. Helena, Orleans, Tangipahoa and Madison Parishes. These celebrations will include activities on composting and/or recycling.

The Ag Center is also hosting a photo contest as part of the 2016 celebration. Any student currently enrolled in a K - 12 school within the State of Louisiana is eligible to participate in the contest. To enter, students must submit a photo that expresses what being a “Steward of a Healthy Planet” means on Facebook by tagging the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center or on Instagram by tagging the SU Ag Center at @su_agcenter. Students must also use the hashtag #SUAgDayContest16 and include their school’s division (either elementary, middle or high school) with their entry.

Prizes will be awarded to one student in each division and to the student who receives the highest number of “likes” on social media.

For the official contest rules, visit and click on the National Ag Day banner.
National Ag Day marks a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us.  The day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.

For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s National Ag Day activities, contact Dr. Renita Marshall at 225.771.2242.


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