Monday, October 22

Residents of Opelousas and surrounding areas invited to attend a Listening Session

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Baton Rouge, La. - Opelousas residents and individuals from surrounding areas are invited to attend a Listening Session hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus and the U. S. Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. on November 8 at the Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (SARDI), located at 1209 Diesi Street, in Opelousas, La.

“We want to hear the needs and concerns of the citizens,” said Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus. “It’s our desire to use the information received from the listening session to implement strategies, seminars and workshops to assist the community.”

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus is comprised of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Campus’ programs focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Family and Human Development
  • Urban Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Youth Development.

For additional information about the Listening Session in Opelousas, contact the Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Institute at 337-943-2410 or email sardi@suagcenter.com.

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Friday, October 19

SARDI and Agromen, Inc. set to co-host a Community Fall Fest on Nov. 3

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) has partnered with Agromen Inc., to host a Community Fall Fest on November 3. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at SARDI’s office, located at 1209 Diesi Street, in Opelousas, La.
                                                     
The fest will cover the agricultural topics of sustainability, marketing, health, farm safety and Fall resources.

There will also be several demonstrations on brewing Hibiscus Tea, planting fall crops and caring for farm animals.

Representatives from the USDA’s Farm Bureau, Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRSC) will also conduct sessions during the Fall Fest.

Agromen Incorporated is a non-profit agricultural organization in St. Landry Parish. The organization, which has been in existence for 25 years, consist of professional African American men who assist the community with agricultural related topics. Each year the organization holds an annual field day in St. Landry Parish.

SARDI is a satellite campus of the Southern University Ag Center housed in Opelousas, La. 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.

For additional information or to pre-register for the Fall Fest, contact Chasity Johnson at 337-943-2410 or email sardi@suagcenter.com.




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Monday, October 15

SU Land-Grant Campus holds a successful Listening Session in White Castle

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus held a Listening Session in the Town of White Castle on Oct. 9. Information gathered during the session will be used to implement strategies, seminars and workshops to aid the community. 


Baton Rouge, La. – Nearly 50 Iberville Parish residents along with Southern University Land-Grant Campus and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees attended a Listening Session on October 9 at the Town of White Castle’s Community Center.

The event, which was hosted by the SU Land-Grant Campus and the USDA, was held to hear the needs and concerns of the town’s citizens. Information gathered during the session will be used to implement strategies, seminars and workshops to aid the community.

“The whole intent of the listening session is to listen to what the citizens need and figure out how to take care of those needs,” said Bobby R. Phills, Ph.D., Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus.

The session consisted of a panel of Vice Chancellors from the Southern University Land-Grant Campus and representatives from several USDA agencies.

Residents were able to submit written questions, as well as ask questions directly to the panel.

Many of the questions asked pertained to the USDA’s Farm Bill, USDA’s housing assistance programs, school and community gardening and youth enrichment programs.

“We will provide two youth from the Town of White Castle the opportunity to participate in our ‘Cultivating Leadership Innovation by Motivating Agricultural Talent Education’ (CLIMATE) Program,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach at the SU Ag Center, when asked about assistance for youth in the Town of White Castle. “This is a five week residential program for high school students which aims to improve ACT scores and introduces the students to careers in the agricultural industry,” she added.

White Castle Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams provided greetings to the attendees; White Castle Mayor-Pro Temp, Barbara O’Bear, provided a welcome and presided over the program and Phills introduced the panelists and moderated the session.

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus is comprised of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Campus’ programs focus on, but are not limited to:

•           Sustainable Agricultural Systems
•           Community and Economic Development
•           Health and Nutrition
•           Family and Human Development
•           Urban Forestry and Natural Resources
•           Youth Development

The White Castle Listening Session was the first of several sessions that will be held throughout the state in the coming months.

For additional information about the Southern University Land-Grant Campus and its programs and services, visit our website at www.suagcenter.com or call us at 225-771-2242.

Photos from the listening session are available here.


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Monday, October 1

Residents of White Castle and surrounding areas invited to attend a Listening Session


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Baton Rouge, La. - White Castle residents and individuals from surrounding areas are invited to attend a Listening Session hosted by the Southern University Land-Grant Campus at 6 p.m. on October 9 at the White Castle Community Center, 32725 Bowie Street.
                       
“We want to hear the needs and concerns of the citizens,” said Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus. “It’s our desire to use the information received from the listening session to implement strategies, seminars and workshops to assist the community.”

The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus is comprised of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Campus’ programs focus on, but are not limited to:

           Sustainable Agricultural Systems
           Community and Economic Development
           Health and Nutrition
           Family and Human Development
           Urban Forestry and Natural Resources
           Youth Development

For additional information about the Listening Session in White Castle, contact the Office of the Chancellor for the Southern University Land-Grant Campus at 225-771-2242.


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