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More than 700 high school students participated in the SU Land-Grant Campus’ National Ag Day Celebration

Photos from the SU Land-Grant Campus' National Ag Day Celebration with was held on April 10, 2018 at the SU Ag Center.

Baton Rouge, La. – More than 700 middle and high school students from East Baton Rouge Parish participated in the Southern University Land-Grant Campus' National Ag Day Celebration on April 10.

The celebration was held in the SU Ag Center and other agriculture buildings. The students visited several Family and Consumer Sciences exhibits; participated in a cooking demonstration and toured the green house, food science, plant science, microbiology, biofuel, urban forestry, and meat processing laboratories in the SU Ag Center during the event. There was also a petting zoo were students were able to see live chickens, ducks, baby pigs, and lambs. The students were also treated to a drum line performance.

Southern University’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment was on hand to provide the students with admissions information to the university.

“This is our 6th annual National Ag Day celebration. This year we are focusing on high school seniors and some 9 – 12 grade students. The importance of National Ag Day is to make sure the students are aware of all the different opportunities that are available to them within agriculture as far as careers. Also some of the things they can do while majoring in the department of agricultural sciences,” said Dr. Renita Marshall, event organizer and chair of the department of animal science at the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Ray Belton, Southern University System President-Chancellor and Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor of the SU Ag Center and Dean of the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences welcomed the students to the university and encouraged them to pursue their higher education at Southern University.

National Ag Day, which was recognized on March 20, is a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of everyday life. The SU Land-Grant Campus held its celebration on April 10 due to a scheduling conflict in March.

Photos from the event are available here.

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