Thursday, March 23

SU Land-Grant Campus to hold Pruning and Wood Waste Utilization Workshop

Event Flyer

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus will hold a Pruning Demonstration and Wood Waste Utilization Workshop from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 28 at the SU Ag Center.

The goal of the workshop is to broaden the ability of landowners, students and the general public to maintain Urban Forest Ecosystems that meet both human and ecological needs.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

To pre-register, email Dr. Kamran Abdollahi at kamran_abdollahi@suagcenter.com or call 225-324-8206.

                            
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Wednesday, March 22

SU Land-Grant Campus Concludes another Successful La. Small Farmer Conference


Small Farmer Conference attendees speak with a representative from the state's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) during the Soil Health session of the conference.
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus held its 7th Annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference March 16-18, 2017 at the Southern University Ag Center.

Nearly 200 small farmers from throughout the state attended the three-day event themed, “Innovation and Resilience for Louisiana’s Family Farms.”

This year’s conference kicked off with a grant writing workshop which prepared attendees with information to conceptualize and develop a competitive grant proposal for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. Other sessions included Value Added Marketing, Soil Health, a Modern Technology and Farming Drone Demonstration, Farm Labor Issues, Produce Safety and a panel discussion on Bees and Cut Flowers.

Jay Grymes, Chief Meteorologist at WAFB News Channel 9, also presented a session on Climate Change and Small Scale Agriculture. During this session Grymes discussed the August 2016 floods, weather trends within the state and how the trends will affect agricultural production.

The Louisiana Living Legends Banquet was held on the evening of March 17 following the conference’s sessions. This banquet honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The 2017 honorees were Dr. Patricia Meyinsse, professor of Agricultural Economics at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences in Baton Rouge; Dr. Donald McDowell, retired professor of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics & Agriscience Education at North Carolina A&T State University; and Lee Hampton, retired Parish Chair of St. Landry Parish and Cooperative Extension Agent.

The three join 21 others who have been honored with this recognition since 2005. 

Dr. John Pierre, Chancellor of SU Law Center was the banquet's speaking and shared the history of the Land-grant System with the audience, which dates back to 1862, the Act developed by Vermont Senator Justin Morrill, and the birth of the 1890 institutions. He continued to explain how Southern University became one of the 19 universities in the country in the 1890 Land-Grant System.

Dr. Pierre stated that in 1890, Congress passed the Second Morrill Act with the stipulation that African Americans were to be included in the land-grant university system. The first Morrill Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. LSU is the 1862 land-grant instruction in Louisiana.

The conference concluded with the graduation ceremony for the 2017 Class of the Louisiana Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

The graduates are Delores Andrews; Elaine Brumfield; Ricky Brumfield; Mahdi Cezar; Craig Coleman; Larry Freeman; Chris Hayes; Lillie Howard; Yolanda Renee Lee; Patricia Richardson; Patrick Richardson and Rosie White.

The overriding goal of the Institute is to promote the sustainability of small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.

“The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of becoming great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings,” said Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Director of the Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

 2017 Louisiana Living Legend honoree Dr. Donald McDowell served as the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. In his speech entitled “Agriculture is deeper than dirt,” Dr. McDowell advised the graduates to be good stewards of the land and acquired skills.

“Get your land and farm incorporated, get them protected,” said Dr. McDowell. “As graduates of the Ag Institute, you have an obligation to encourage youth to pursue careers in agricultural sciences; you are change agents and must educate the public especially young people about the importance of agriculture,” he continued.

Leroy Conish, a 2011 Institute graduate also spoke to the graduates about his growth since his completion of the course. He stated that he started growing vegetables to improve his health and ended up making money from it.

“Now, I make money from growing okra, and make my community in St. James Parish sustainable,” said Conish.

The highlight of the program was the rendition of the poem “Hey Black Child” by nine-year-old fifth grader Christina Gary from Gilbert Junior High in Franklin Parish, who plans to attend Southern University and pursue a degree in agricultural economics.  The poem, penned by Countee Cullen, portrays the power of black youth with proper guidance.

SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Dr. Bobby R. Phills was so impressed by Gary's performance and prospect that he offered her a four-year college assistantship should she pursue an agricultural science degree at Southern University.


Photos from the Small Farmer Conference, Louisiana Living Legends Banquet and Louisiana Small Farmer Leadership Institute Graduation Ceremony are available here.

Tuesday, March 21

National Agriculture Day 2017 in full swing

The SU Human Jukebox kicks off Ag Day celebration 

Tractor display

Animal display

Plant demonstration
BATON ROUGE, La — The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is in the full swing of celebrating the National Ag Day event with the rest of the nation at the F.G. Clark Activity Center, attended by youth and adults, until 1:00 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation declaring March 21, 2017 Agriculture Day (Ag Day) in Louisiana. Organized by the Agriculture Council of America, National Ag Day is also being celebrated today in communities and schools across the United States, including Southern University.

National Ag Day is about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.  Thank you for joining us in showing appreciation to all those in the agriculture industry responsible for feeding over seven billion mouths every day.

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Monday, March 20

Gov. Edwards Proclaims Louisiana Ag Day

Louisiana celebrates National Ag Day with pride
BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation declaring March 21, 2017 Agriculture Day (Ag Day) in Louisiana. Organized by the Agriculture Council of America, National Ag Day is also being celebrated tomorrow in communities and schools across the United States.

“We all owe a great debt to the hardworking men and women who raise the quality produce and livestock that all Louisiana families depend on daily,” said Gov. Edwards. “Given the two historic floods in March and August, 2016 was a difficult year for many farms, both large and small. I hope that proclaiming Louisiana Ag Day demonstrates our appreciation for the important work being done by this industry to keep our families healthy and productive, especially when that work is most challenging.”

The people of Louisiana depend on a consistently strong $13 billion annual agriculture industry. About 60 percent of Louisiana’s agricultural income is generated by crops while the other 40 percent is produced by livestock and livestock products. In fact, in terms of income generated, the state’s top five agricultural products are sugar cane, rice, cattle, soybeans and cotton. Additionally, Louisiana exports over $8.3 billion in agricultural products annually.

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus will host its annual National Ag Day celebration on March 21 from 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. This year’s theme is “Food for Life.” National Ag Day is a nation-wide celebration where individuals and institutions recognize the importance of agriculture and how it relates to everyday life.


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Saturday, March 18

Class of 2017 Graduates from Ag Leadership Institute at SU Land-Grant Campus

Class of 2017 graduates flanked by Land-Grant Campus administrators and organizers
Baton Rouge, La. – Following the 7th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, twelve individuals graduated from the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute on March 18.

They are Delores Andrews; Elaine Brumfield; Ricky Brumfield; Mahdi Cezar; Craig Coleman; Larry Freeman; Chris Hayes; Lillie Howard; Yolanda Renee Lee; Patricia Richardson; Patrick Richardson and Rosie White.

The overriding goal of the Institute is to promote the sustainability of the small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.

“The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of becoming great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and director of the Small Farmer Leadership Institute.

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SU Land-Grant Campus inducts three new members as Louisiana Living Legends

l-r: Living Legends Lee Hampton, Patricia Meyinsse, and Donald McDowell
Baton Rouge, La. – Three outstanding individuals were recognized as Louisiana Living Legends during the 7th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference on March 17 at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus.

They are Patricia Meyinsse, professor of Agricultural Economics at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences in Baton Rouge; Donald McDowell, retired professor from the Dept. of Agribusiness, Applied Economics & Agriscience Education at North Carolina A&T State University; and Lee Hampton, retired Parish Chair in St. Landry Parish and Cooperative Extension Agent.

The three join 21 others who have been honored with this recognition since 2005.  This occasion provides opportunity to honor individuals in research, teaching and extension with links to the SU Land-Grant Campus. 

Dr. Bobby R. Phills is Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus; Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin serves as Vice Chancellor for Extension and organizer of the small farmer conference.
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Friday, March 17

SU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Ranks 19th in list of 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences in the nation

Dr. Doze Butler, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences 
Baton Rouge, La. – The academic arm of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus is excelling nationally as well as locally. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences is prominently ranked in the 2016-2017 list of 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences.  Ranked 19 of 50, it is the only FCS unit in Louisiana to make the list.  In its discussion of Southern University’s FCS program, greatvaluecolleges.net wrote, “Practical experience is a priority.  All concentrations include opportunities for students to enrich their education through participation in internships, service learning, study tours, or similar activities.  Students are also encouraged to join professional and student organizations and regularly participate in events held by these organizations.”

FCS has a small, but dedicated faculty and staff.  Faculty members are involved in the full spectrum of activities that are the lifeblood of higher education.  They teach, participate in research and other scholarly activities, and engage in service and other outreach efforts.  Faculty are known for mentoring and advising students. The Department consistently ranks as the 6th largest producer of Bachelor’s degrees at Southern University.

The rating and ranking methodology used to arrive at the 50 Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences includes points for presence of Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, FCS awards and recognition at the national and regional levels, 20-year net ROI, research opportunities, innovative programs and/or teaching methods, study abroad opportunities, FCS internship opportunities, FCS scholarship opportunities, affiliated centers and institutes on campus, related student organizations and societies, and “Wow Factor.”

The top 20 FCS schools in the ranking are: 1) Iowa State University, 2) University of Maryland-College Park, 3) Virginia Tech, 4) University of Idaho, 5) University of Texas-Austin, 6) University of Missouri-Columbia, 7) University of Georgia, 8) Alabama A&M University, 9) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 10) California State University-Fresno, 11) California State University-Long Beach, 12) San Francisco State University, 13) University of Utah, 14) Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 15) Montana State University, 16) University of Kentucky, 17) Western Michigan University, 18) North Carolina A&T State University, 19 ) Southern University and A&M College and 20) Eastern Kentucky University. 

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Seminar and Book-signing Event at SU Land-Grant Campus Vast Success

Dr. Rose, far left, and Dr. Daniel, far right, receive warm welcome from
SU Land-Grant Campus' Dr. Marshall (holding the book), and Dr. Chin

Seminar, presented by Rose and Daniel, in session 
Baton Rouge, La. – Patti Rose, MPH, Ed.D., a renowned author, presented a seminar at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus on March 16, and it was an overwhelming success. The seminar which focused on solutions to major pressing issues in our communities based on Dr. Rose’s latest book, “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions,” drew a large crowd.  Her book, which examines the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues, sold out. Copies of the book can still be purchased online at http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284090161/

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Monday, March 13

Count down to SU Land-Grant Campus Seminar and Book-signing Event

Event flyer
Baton Rouge, La. – Patti Rose, MPH, Ed.D., author, will serve as guest speaker at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s Seminar series on Thursday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m. in A. O. Williams Hall.  The seminar will focus on solutions to major pressing issues in our communities based on Dr. Rose’s book “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions.” The book examines the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the author will be on hand to sign them. Full details are available on our website.

For additional information, contact Renita Marshall, DVM, at (225) 771-0252.

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Friday, March 10

Senior Research Associate to lead gardening workshop in Ascension Parish

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Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s Senior Research Associate Mila Berhane will conduct a workshop on “Gardening to Attract Pollinators,” hosted by the Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, on March 21 at 6:30 PM.  This event is part of the Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association’s library series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners.
To register, call the library at 673-8699.
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Wednesday, March 8

The Nutrition Education Staff at The Land-Grant Campus is working to Recruit Students

Standing on left are Extension Associate Ellen  McKnight, East Baton Rouge Nutrition Educator Kiyana Kelly and East Baton Rouge Extension Office Parish Chair Marquetta Anderson.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is committed to recruiting students near and far. On February 23, 2017, the Land-Grant Campus' SNAP-ED staff partnered with the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) for the ‘Find Your Future Career and Resource Expo.’

The event was held at the East Feliciana Parish Professional Development Center in Clinton, La. Over nine hundred 10th - 12th grade students, from eight school districts, were in attendance. Expo attendees were engaged and eager to learn about careers in Agriculture. 

Over 50 post-secondary exhibitors were represented.

For more information about the Land-Grant Campus’s Nutrition Education programs, contact SU Ag Center at 225-771-2242 or e-mail ellen_mcknight@suagcenter.com.

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Monday, March 6

You are Invited to a seminar by a great Guest Speaker, Author

seminar flyer 
Baton Rouge, La. - The Land-Grant Campus seminar on March 16 will feature Patti R. Rose, MPH, Ed.D., Director & Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida. She will discuss from her book “Health Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion: Context, Controversies & Solutions,” on Thursday, March 16 in Room 191, A.O. Williams Hall, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA at 3:00 p.m.
During this lecture and book signing event, Dr. Rose will examine the health status gap in the U.S.; diversity and inclusion; mass incarceration; educational disparities; the school (K-12 children) to prison pipeline; concerns regarding women, children, rural and urban environments; food injustice and other current, critical issues. The focus of the book is not solely on problems, but SOLUTIONS, in every chapter!

Full details are available on our website at http://bit.ly/2lDewjy. These seminar series provide the Southern University faculty, staff, students and the Baton Rouge community with information on food and agriculture, academic and research updates that impact the food and agricultural communities, and the citizens of Louisiana. This seminar is unique in that it focuses on health relative to agriculture.

Members of Southern University in Baton and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this timely lecture, and to grab a copy of this very enlightening book.
For more information, contact Dr. Renita Marshall at (225) 771-0252 or via email: renita_marshall@suagcenter.com
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Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus Completes 74th Annual Livestock Show

Exhibitors showing lambs during the 74th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show on March 3 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus concluded its 74th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show with nearly 200 exhibitors from across the state this weekend. Young farms eagerly arrived at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena on March 2 for the three-day event in hopes of being named state champion in the various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, lamb, goat and poultry.  

Xavier Jacobs, a seven-year-old first time exhibitor representing St. Landry Parish, expressed his excitement in showing his hog and placing fifth. “I can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Jacobs.

Thirteen-year-old Zoie Monroe, a three-year exhibitor from East Baton Rouge Parish and Reserve Champion winner for Lamb Showmanship, said she looks forward to coming to Southern University’s Livestock Show every year. “I love to raise lambs and compete at Southern University. This experience has taught me how to be responsible and that hard work does pay off,” added Monroe.

The SU Livestock Show is unique in the fact that it offers educational tours to surrounding schools while the competitions are being conducted. This year’s tour attracted almost 200 school-aged youth and featured a petting zoo with a chicks (baby chickens), a kid (baby goat), and a piglet. Other stops on the tour included interactive demonstrations from the SU Ag Center’s programs on the effects of smoking, nutrition, gardening and learning were their food comes from.

Winners received premiums, ribbons, rosettes, silver platters and trophy belt buckles. An awards presentation was held on the last day of the show for exhibitors of champion market animals. A Junior Auction Sale immediately followed the awards presentation.

Results from the show:

Market Champions                                                                                                       

Grand Champion Market Steer: Cameron Garrett, Madison Parish
Reserve Champion Market Steers: Garren Natali, Calcasieu Parish
Champion Market Hogs: Gage Haynes, Allen Parish
Reserve Champion Market Hogs: Jossie Camp, Winn Parish
Champion Market Lamb: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion Market Lamb: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Champion Market Goat: Payton Beard, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Madison Green, Winn Parish

2017 Beef Breeding Division

Category: Brahman Influence - Bull
Champion: Caplan Young, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Roy Lewis, Caddo Parish

Category: Brahman influence - Heifer
Champion: John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: John Michael Pickett, Winn Parish

Category: Non-Brahman Influence - Heifer
Champion: Caitlyn Thompson, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Ethan Sandel, Sabine Parish

Category: Commercial - Heifer
Champion: Ashlyn Natali, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion: Macy Rule, Sabine Parish        

Category: Beef Showmanship
Champion: Caitlyn Thompson, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Macy Rule, Sabine Parish

2017 Junior Dairy Division

Category: Registered Dairy
Champion: Wyatt Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish                                                     
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish                                         

2017 Commercial Dairy Division

Category: Commercial Dairy
Champion: Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish

Category: Dairy Showmanship
Champion: Camille Sonnier   Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion: Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish
                                         
2017 Market Lamb Division

Category: Lamb Showmanship
Champion: Makayla Reyenga, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Zoie Monroe, East Baton Rouge Parish

2017 Market Goat Division

Category: Goat Showmanship
Champion: Janna Denis, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Luke Pedgett, Claiborne Parish

2017 Market Hog Division

Category: Hog Showmanship
Champion: Palynn Fontenot, Cameron Parish
Reserve Champion: Gage Hayes, Allen Parish

2017 Broiler Division

Category: Broiler Division
Champion: Miles Sam, St. Landry Parish
Reserve Champion: Addisyn Robinson, St. Landry

Photos from the Livestock and Poultry Show are available here.

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