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.