Monday, November 21

SU Ag Center – College of Ag enters into partnership with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service

At the MOU signing between the SU Ag Center - College of Ag and the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service are, seated from left, Elanor Starmer, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator and SU Ag Center Chancellor - Dean of the College of Agriculture Dr. Bobby R. Phills; and standing, Arthur Neal, SU Grad and USDA Deputy Administrator for Transportation and Marketing Programs; Allison Johnson, USDA Liaison Officer; Ken Keck, Director of the USDA's Local Food Research and Development Divison; Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, SU Ag Center Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach; Bruce Summers, USDA Associate Deputy Administrator for AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program and Richard Lucas, USDA Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Support. Photo by Dr. C. Reuben Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Ag Center Chancellor - Dean of the College of Agriculture Dr. Bobby R. Phills, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on November 2, 2016 during a visit to the USDA’s Washington D.C. headquarters.

As a part of the MOU, AMS will provide $50,000 to support the Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunity Unit (BAYOU) Program at Southern University.

The BAYOU program provides an array of recruitment and retention activities for high school seniors and incoming college freshman by providing them with first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business or the natural sciences.

The MOU will strengthen the SU Ag Center – College of Agriculture’s partnership with the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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