SU Land-Grant Campus teaches youth about agriculture and Southern through Family & Youth Expo
Youth participants learn while having fun at Expo event
Baton Rouge, La.
(July 28, 2017) – Nearly 60 youth participated in the Acadiana Family and Youth Expo
hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus at the Sustainable
Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) in Opelousas on July 27. This
year’s expo themed, “Cultivating the Next Generation of Ag Leaders,” attracted
participants from the Acadiana Region including Iberia, St. Landry, Lafayette,Calcasieu and St. Martin Parishes,
to enjoy educational activities, contests and games.
Youth were involved in hands-on
activities such as financial literacy, cooking demonstration, herb gardening,
bio-fuel processing, fire prevention, drone demonstrations, and a basketball
game. They also competed in Public Speaking and Creative Writing Competitions.
In the Middle School category of the Public Speaking Contest, Devon Scott
emerged as the sole first place winner. Nyah Hampton from St. Landry placed 1st
in the High School group, followed by Alesia Francis from Lafayette and Brendalyn
Jarius from Lafayette in 3rd place. Winners in the High School
Creative Writing category were: Anjanelle Armstead from Calcasieu in 1st
place, Nia Johnson from Iberia 2nd, and Mackenzie Therry of St.
Landry in 3rd place.
is a satellite campus of the Southern University Ag Center housed in Opelousas,
La. and directed by Mr. Antonio Harris. The Institute focuses on
improving the socioeconomic well-being of citizens in rural communities within
a ten-parish region of St. Landry, Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard,
Evangeline, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, and Vermillion Parishes.
SU Ag Center and the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences
together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.