Thursday, June 16

SU's B.A.Y.O.U. Program introduces students to Agriculture

Dr. Harold Mellieon, Jr., SU Ag Center's Livestock Show Director and Assistant/Associate Specialist for Animal Science, speaks to students enrolled in the BAYOU Program on June 10, 2016 at the SU Ag Center.

Southern University Agricultural Sciences alumni video chat with students participating in the BAYOU Program. The initiative is designed to introduce high  school seniors and incoming college freshman to the careers available in the fields of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

Baton Rouge, LA – Students participating in the Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (B.A.Y.O.U.) Program learned about the career opportunities available in the field of agriculture during the program’s Ag Science Day.

The event, which was facilitated by Dr. C. Reuben Walker, Department Chair of Ag Sciences at Southern University, was held on Friday, June 10 in the Southern University Ag Center.

Agricultural Sciences faculty members introduced themselves to the program’s 29 students and discussed their area of expertise.

The students also participated in a video conference with SU Ag Sciences alumni from around the world and toured the Ag Center’s swine and poultry farms, meat processing laboratory, experiment station and greenhouses.

The day ended with a cook-out for the students.

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.

The program is sponsored by the University’s Agricultural Family and Consumer Sciences Programs in the College of Sciences and Agriculture. It began on June 5 and will end on June 24.


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