Thursday, September 28

College of Agricultural Family and Consumer Sciences holds Ag Student Round-up

Chancellor-Dean cutting his birthday cake

Alumni, faculty, staff, students interact at the round-up gathering

Baton Rouge, La (September 28, 2017) – On September 12, the Agricultural Sciences Department held a student round-up for all College of Agricultural Family and Consumer Sciences faculty, staff, and students. This is an event the Ag Science department plans every year at the beginning of the semester to get students geared up for the semester. It also allows students the opportunity to mingle with faculty and staff. It was a great turn out and Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the SU Ag Center-CAFCS was surprised with a birthday cake. The event was sponsored by Four Paws Pet Cremation Service, created by SU alum to serve the needs of veterinary clinics and their clients.
The event was coordinated by Renita W. Marshall, DVM, Veterinarian/Professor of Animal Science, Chair of Agricultural Sciences and Director of Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine. She can be reached by calling (225) 771-0252 or emailing


Southern Institute for One Health One Medicine hosts Shreveport pet product specialist

Highly Favored Creations team interacts with Dr. Renita Marshall in the lab at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus

CEO of Highly Favored Creations Dexter Blanche, explains his plans to Dr. Andra Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at the LGC 
Baton Rouge, La. (September 28, 2017) - The Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine (SIOHOM) is an institute that serves as an umbrella organization that promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach/extension to improve the lives of all species—animal, human, and plants. One of the goals is to develop and transfer enhanced health system technologies, with impacts at local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

On September 11, 2017, the institute hosted Highly Favored Creations, a Shreveport-based company that specializes in pet products. The CEO, Dexter Blanche, brought prototypes for two new inventions for pets. One is a pet anti-breeding device (PABS) and another is a dog leash and collar that delivers water to the dog while walking. SIOHOM is in the process of assisting Highly Favored Creations with Phase 1 trials of their new sterile urine collection system. The group also spoke to the Reproductive Physiology class about entrepreneurship and some possible collaborative opportunities on future inventions of animal technology.

For more information, contact Renita W. Marshall, DVM, Veterinarian, Professor, Animal Science, Chair, Agricultural Sciences, and Director, Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine via email at


SU White House HBCU All-Star Ambassador Yo’Sha Lain Presents at Lecture Series

2017 Southern University HBCU All-Star Ambassador Yo'Sha Lain

Event Announcement
Baton Rouge, La (September 28, 2017) – The SU White House HBCU All-Star Ambassador Yo’Sha Lain is set to present at the James and Ruth Smith Endowed Professorship Public Lecture Series  on Oct. 3, at  9:30 am -11:15 am in the Hi-Tech Room (first floor) of P.B.C. Pinchback Engineering Building, Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Ms. Yo’Sha Lain is an Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Graduating Senior in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, part of the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.

Zhu H. Ning, Ph.D., James & Ruth Smith Endowed Professor of Science, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Department, College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences serves as Ms. Lain’s academic advisor and her White House HBCU All-Star Campus Based Mentor.
For additional information, contact Dr. Zhu Ning at or call (225) 771- 6292.


Wednesday, September 27

SU Land-Grant Campus kicks off Fall Seminar Series with Presentation on Medicinal Plants

Dr. Kit Chin, Director of Roselle Hibiscus Research at the SU Land-Grant Campus, discussed the effects of roselle hibiscus and wild-collected mushrooms on the growth of human cancer cells on Sept. 26 at the SU Ag Center.

Baton Rouge, La. The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus (LGC) kicked off its Fall Seminar Series on September 26 with a presentation on medicinal plants.

The presentation, which focused on roselle hibiscus and wild mushrooms, was presented by Dr. Kit L. Chin, Director of Roselle Hibiscus Research at the LGC.

During the seminar, Dr. Chin discussed the role that hibiscus plants and wild mushrooms play on the inhibition of human cancer cell growth.  He also discussed the effects of extracts of the color pigment profile from the hibiscus plant and wild-collected mushrooms on human cancer cell growth.

The next scheduled seminar will be held on October 26 with SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences alumnus Dr. LaPorchia Collins. Dr. Collins will present on her successful journey since Southern University.

Dr. James Hanson, Professor of Agronomy and Statistician for the LCG, will also present a seminar on “Experimental Plan and Design” on November 16.

Both seminars will be held at 3 p.m. in the SU Ag Center.

For additional information on the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’ Fall Seminar Series, contact Dr. Kit Chin at 225-771-2242.


SU Land-Grant Campus to host Fall Garden Workshop

Save the date!
Baton Rouge, La (September 27, 2017) – The SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will kick off the fall season with a garden workshop on November 21. Participants will learn about fall vegetables and enjoy garden tours. Full details will follow.

For full detail, call Kelli Hollins at 225-771-5782 or e-mail


Monday, September 25

SU Land-Grant Campus hosts Produce Growers’ Training

Dr. Malekian discusses the Produce Safety Rules

Course teachers and farmers pose for group photo 
Baton Rouge, La (September 25, 2017) – Today, 12 farmers who grow and sell vegetables and fruits attended a produce safety training hosted by the SU Land-Grant Campus. The farmers learned about the Produce Safety Rules and exemptions as delineated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. They also learned about worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water; post-harvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.   

The purpose of the training is to make our food safer by preventing problems that result in foodborne illness, rather than dealing with problems after they happen. The project is funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The course was taught by Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Produce Safety Project Director; Audrey Carrier, La. Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry; Mila Berhane, Senior Research Associate; Burnell Muse, extension specialist, St. Helena Parish; Kranti Yemmireddy, LSU AgCenter; Allison Dumas, La Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry. The session was coordinated by Emily King, Produce Safety Program Coordinator.

For more information, please contact Emily King, at 225-771-2367 or Dr. Malekian at 225-771-0251.


Friday, September 22

Southern University selects Medical Marijuana Cultivator

Photo by Chris Rogers, SU Ag Center.

Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University has selected Lafayette based Advanced Biomedics, LLC as the University’s medical marijuana cultivation and production facility operator. The decision was voted on by the University’s Board of Supervisors during its Sept. 22 board meeting.

"Today the Board has voted to affirm the work invested by the Ag Center and the Medical Marijuana Review Committee to select a vendor for our historic medical marijuana initiative. We are excited about the opportunity to enter into this venture that has the potential to bring health benefits to improve lives and also to build into a successful enterprise for Southern University," said Ann. A. Smith, Chair of the SU Board of Supervisors.

Advanced Biomedics, LLC will produce pharmaceutical grade medicines from marijuana plants, under Southern University’s license, for patients suffering from Cancer, HIV/AIDS, cachexia or wasting syndrome, seizure disorders, epilepsy, spasticity, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

“This is a great day for Southern University and HBCUs across the country,” said Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and College of Agriculture.

The University’s evaluation committee has worked closely with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners throughout the process.

Stringent guidelines for doctors to recommend the medication has been developed by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners.

The medication will be provided to patients in the form of oils, pills, powders, gelatin-based chewables and other non-inhalable forms.

Under the proposed agreement, the Southern University Ag Center will receive more than $6 million over 5 years.  Advanced Biomedics, LLC will also support research initiatives through the Southern University Ag Center’s Southern Institute of Medicinal Plants (SIMP).

“The research conducted at SIMP will focus on enhancing the knowledge base of plants and their potential of therapeutic effects and medical uses on human health,” said Dr. Janana Snowden, Director of SIMP.

No taxpayer dollars will be spent on the program. For additional information about Southern University’s Medical Marijuana Program visit,

Tuesday, September 19

Urban Forestry Club holds 'Meet & Greet'

SU Urban Forestry Club members pictured from left to right: Jordan Davis, Treasurer; Briana Carter, Historian; Chyanna McGee, President; Asija Rice, Vice President; RaLisa Smith, Secretary and D'Michael Lucas, Sergeant-at-arms. 

The Urban Forestry Club held their first annual "Meet and Greet" for Urban Forestry students and professors on Sept. 15 at the SU Ag Center.

The event was held to introduce the Urban Forestry students to the department's faculty members.

"This is one of several events that we will implement to connect our students and faculty members," said Dr. Andra Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Research at the SU Ag Center.

The brunch was organized and facilitated by the student members of the Southern University Urban Forestry Club.

Thursday, September 7

SARDI to Host Farmer and Agriculture Stakeholder Forum

The offices of the three Congressmen elected to represent St. Landry Parish will attend the 'Farmers and Agriculture Stakeholders Forum' hosted by SARDI on Sept. 13 in Opelousas, La.

Baton Rouge, La. The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) will host a “Farmers and Agriculture Stakeholders Forum” on Wednesday, September 13th at 1:30 p.m. in SARDI’s office, 1209 Diesi St., in Opelousas, La.

Farmers, agricultural stakeholders, elected officials and community stakeholders are invited to participate in the forum. Participants will be provided with information on programs and services offered by the federal government; as well as helpful resources for farmers and agricultural workers who have been impacted by the 2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey.

A representative from the USDA and the offices of the three Congressmen elected to represent St. Landry Parish - Congressman Ralph Abraham, Congressman Clay Higgins and Congressman Mike Johnson - will be in attendance to present information and address questions.

St. Landry Parish’s Congressmen serve on the following Ag Related committees:

Congressman Abraham
·         House Committee on Agriculture
o   Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
o   Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
o   Research and Technology

Congressman Higgins
·         Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
o   Subcommittee on Environment

Congressman Johnson
·         House Committee on Natural Resources
o   Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
o   Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.

Interested participants are asked to pre-register by Monday, September 11th to or by calling Krystle J. Washington at 337- 943-2410.

Research has shown that every major crop grown in the state, is grown in St. Landry Parish; and, for decades the parish has been a leading agricultural parish in the state. A pillar of the mission at SARDI is to provide local farmers/ agriculture stakeholders with the information, tools, and resources they may need to go to the next level.

SARDI is a satellite campus of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Opelousas, La. in St. Landry Parish.

The Southern University Ag Center and the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.


Tuesday, September 5

SU Land-Grant Campus 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Student Develops Video for National Competition

Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Tiffany Franklin, 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Coordinator at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, and Ms. Tara Hollins, accompanied a delegation of six youth to the 2017 CWF in Washington D.C., July 10 -14.

One of the CWF participants Michael Wicker, a student at the Southern University Laboratory School, filmed and edited a video as part of a national competition for the program. The concept of the video was to reduce underage drinking and teen smoking among youth in his community.

The video can be viewed on YouTube here.

Citizenship Washington Focus is an educational conference for youth ages 15 to 19. The program is hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C. and provides youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.

The youth delegates get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how government works. At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities. The youth have developed a plan that will provide a hands-on, engaging seminar with other community youth, while discussing the negative effects of underage drinking and smoking.  

Other delegates participating in the 2017 CWF program were Michael Boudreaux and Tyliya Pitts, from the SU Lab School, along with Jaymya Jouber, A'mya Thomas, and Coby Pittman, from Park Ridge Academic Magnet School.