Monday, March 18

Heart Health to be the focus of SU Ag Center’s 4th Personal Health Workshop

Event Flyer


Baton Rouge, La. - The Southern University Ag Center’s Family and Human Development Unit will host a free Personal Health History Workshop from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on April 5 at the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union, 500 Jesse Stone Avenue on the campus of Southern University.

The workshop will feature sessions on:

·         Understanding Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack
·         Understanding Medicaid and Medicare
·         Eating for a Healthy Heart
·         Power of Attorney and Living Wills
·         Mental Health and Well-Being
·         Harmful Effects of Smoking
·         Healthy Tactics for Personal Safety and Security

This is the fourth personal health history workshop hosted by the SU Ag Center.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required no later than April 2, 2019, for attendees and March 28, 2019, for vendors. Online Registration is available here.

For additional information about the Personal Health History Workshop, email Milissia_jbaptiste@suagcenter.com or delores_johnson@suagcenter.com, or call 225-771-2583 or 225-771-3704.

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SU Ag Center, SBA set to host 15th Annual Procurement Conference



Baton Rouge, La. – Hundreds of current and potential small business owners will gather at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center on April 16 for the Southern University Ag Center’s 15th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.

The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., will feature sessions on Marketing Your Business to the Federal Government; How to Get on a GSA Federal Supply Schedule; How to Get a Loan, Financing Options or Capital Access and International Trade/Export Financing; and Updated Tax Laws and Insurance Requirements. There will also be a procurement panel consisting of federal agencies and prime contractors who will discuss how you can do business with their respective agencies and companies.

The conference provides a venue for potential and existing business owners, contractors, non-profits, small towns, and municipalities to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies.
                                                                                                                                       
Co-sponsors for the conference include the U. S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and Manson Construction.

Online registration for the conference is available here.

For additional information, contact Eual Hall at 225.771.4105, Krystle Washington at 225.771.3902, or e-mail jo.lawrence3@sba.gov.  


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SU Ag Center holds successful 76th Annual Livestock Show

Tangipahoa Parish native, Mashayla Dyson's steer was named champion in the market steer category during the Southern University Ag Center's 76th Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show. The event was held Feb. 28 - March 2 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

Baton Rouge, La. - For 76 years, the Southern University Ag Center has continued the tradition of providing an opportunity for youth, throughout Louisiana, to gain valuable knowledge and skills at its Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show. The event was held February 28 - March 2, 2019, at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.

To qualify for the state show, competitors had to have won first place at a parish livestock show.

Nearly 100 young people competed for a chance to have their animals named state champions in various breeds of dairy and beef cattle, lamb, goat, and poultry.

“My uncle introduced me to raising and showing steers,” said Mashayla Dyson, who took home Champion in the Market Steer category. “I have been showing steers since I was 11-years-old and I have really grown to love raising the animals and showing them at Southern’s Livestock Show,” added the 18-year-old Tangipahoa Parish native. “I hope I’m able to continue doing this,” she said with a smile.

The Ag Center also holds a “Night with the Stars: Old Fashion Livestock Decorating Contest” during its Livestock Show.

This event is held on Friday after all the animals have been judged to give the participants an opportunity to have fun with their animal, one last time before the Jr. Auction on Saturday morning.

The 'Night with the Stars’ winners are:

Wyatt Sonnier, from Jefferson Davis Parish, in 1st place; Brady Hayes from Allen Parish, in second place and Camille Sonnier from Jefferson Davis in 3rd place.

The following is a list of additional winners in various livestock and poultry categories and their home parishes. Each winner received a premium, ribbon, rosette and trophy belt buckle.

Registered Dairy                  
Champion - Camille Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish

Commercial Dairy
Champion - Camille Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Cooper Holmes, Desoto Parish

Dairy Showmanship                        
Champion - Kyle Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish
Reserve Champion - Camille Sonnier, Jefferson Davis Parish

Brahman Bull                                                           
Champion - Kenneth Rains, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champion - Caplan Young, Winn Parish

Non Brahman Bull                                                   
Champion Non-Brahman - Jackson Baham, Tangipahoa Parish
Reserve Champion - Micah Mclemore, Caddo Parish

Brahman Heifers                                          
Champion Brahman - Brendon Ford, Sabine Parish
Reserve Champ Brahman - Caplan Young, Winn Parish

Non Brahman Heifer                                   
Champion Non Brahman - Skylar Primm, Caddo Parish
Reserve Champion Non Brahman - Hailee Daigle, Ascension Parish

Commercial Heifer
Champion – Sophie Denison, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion - Ricky Brumfield, Jr., Tangipahoa Parish

Beef Showmanship                                   
Champion - Jayson Herbert, Allen Parish
Reserve Champion - Hadley Lemons, Allen Parish

Market Steer                                         
Champion - Mashayla Dyson, Tangipahoa Parish
Reserve Champion - Hadley Lemons, Allen Parish

Market Lamb                                                   
Champion - Kandylynn Broughtn, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion - Caroline Dupree, Bossier Parish

Market Lamb LA Bred                                    
LA Bred Champion - Ethien Butts, Bossier Parish                                           
LA Bred Reserve Champion - Max Norment, Claiborne Parish

Lamb Showmanship                                      
Champion - Max Norment, Claiborne Parish
Reserve Champion - Caroline Dupree, Bossier Parish

Market Goat                                         
Champion - Desiree Falgout, Ascension Parish
Reserve Champion - Max Norment, Claiborne Parish

Market Goat LA Bred                                     
LA Bred Champion - Desiree Falgout, Ascension Parish                                          
LA Bred Reserve Champion - Ava Chambers, Bossier Parish

Goat Showmanship                                     
Champion - Max Norment, Claiborne Parish
Reserve Champion - Hayden Daigle, Ascension Parish

Market Hog                                          
Champion - Ethan Foret, St. James Parish
Reserve Champion - Sophie Denison, Calcasieu Parish

Hog Showmanship                                        
Champion - Alexis Laiche, St. James Parish
Reserve Champion - Kensie Pellerin, Iberia Parish

Broiler                                                             
Champion - Laila Chenervert, Avoyelles Parish
Reserve Champion - Lillian Lofton, Avoyelles Parish

Broiler Premier Exhibitor                          
Grand Champion - Myles Sam, St. Landry Parish
Reserve Champion – Laila Chenervert, Avoyelles Parish

View photos from the 2019 Livestock and Poultry Show here


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Wednesday, March 13

Southern University Land-Grant Campus celebrates 25th Annual Collegiate Black History Quiz Bowl

The SU Land-Grant Campus celebrated its 25th annual Black History Quiz Bowl on February 28, 2019. The event was dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Raymond Lockett. 


Baton Rouge, La. – The 25th Annual Collegiate Black History Quiz Bowl was held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Auditorium of T.T. Allain Hall.

Opening remarks for the event were given by Southern University Ag Center and College of Agriculture’s Interim Chancellor-Dean, C. Reuben Walker, Ph.D. Owusu Bandele, Ph.D., SU Land-Grant Campus Professor Emeritus and the Quiz Bowl’s creator, served as the event’s moderator.

Awards were presented to the winner by SU Ag Center’s Research Associate Erica Williams Mitchell.

The event was dedicated to the legacy of distinguished historian, professor and teacher Raymond Lockett, Ph.D.

Four teams of Southern University students competed in the competition.

Team Razzle Dazzlers consisting of Joyner Deamer, Jera’Nea Garner-Donald, Kelvin Wells and Jordan Wilson-Smith won 1st place; Team Power Rangers consisting of Alesha Bethea, Jalen John, William Waddell and Karriem Upshaw placed 2nd and Team Animal Science consisting of Samantha Jones, Tanisha Poston, Brittany Simon and Asiah Sasi placed 3rd. All three teams were made up of Southern University students.

The Black History Quiz Bowl is an exciting educational event that stimulates our students. The competition covers a variety of topics, including current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received medals and every participant received a book by or about some aspect of the Black experience.

For more information on the Black History Quiz Bowl contact Owusu Bandele, Ph.D. at obandele@cox.net.

Photos from the competition can be viewed here.

           
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SU Land-Grant Campus host successful High School Black History Quiz Bowl Championship

Episcopal High School's Umoja Team took home first place during the SU Land-Grant Campus' High School Black History Quiz Bowl Championship Competition on February 27.


Baton Rouge, La. – Six teams of high school students from McKinley Senior High, Scotlandville Magnet High, Southern University Lab, Episcopal and Indira Mira Institute competed in the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s High School Black History Quiz Bowl Championship on Feb. 27, 2019. The competition was held in the 3rd Floor Auditorium of T.T. Allain Hall.

SU Ag Center’s Vice Chancellor for Extension, Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., provided the opening remarks for the event and SU Land-Grant Campus Professor Emeritus and Black History Quiz Bowl organizer, Owusu Bandele,Ph.D., served as the event’s moderator.

Awards were presented to the winners by SU Ag Center’s Research Associate, Erica Williams Mitchell.

Episcopal’s Umoja Team consisting of Justin Thompson, Madison Bell, Zykia Howard and Sean Moraes, took home 1st place; followed by Scotlandville’s Period T Team consisting of Bryce Hudson, Cadarius Moore, Trimell Carey, Neiyo Sumo and Johnny Williams in 2nd place and Indira Mira Institute’s Team BR.U.H.S. consisting of Jesscia Fisher, Naimah Frazier, Calista Joseph, Cyntrell Smith and Robert Joseph in 3rd place.
                                                                 
The competition covered a variety of topics including current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment.

Members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams received medals and every participant received a book by or about some aspect of the Black experience.

Photos from the competition can be viewed here

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Middle School Students Compete in Black History Quiz Bowl Championship

McKinley Middle Magnet School's Sting Like A Bee Team placed first in the SU Land-Grant Campus' Middle School Black History Quiz Bowl on February 25, 2019.


Baton Rouge, La. – Teams of eager middle school students competed in the Southern University Land-Grant Campus’s Middle School Black History Quiz Bowl Championship on February 25 in T.T. Allain Hall’s 3rd Floor Auditorium.

Earlier in the month, SU Land-Grant Campus Professor Emeritus and Black History Quiz Bowl organizer, Owusu Bandele, Ph.D., conducted Black History Quiz Bowls at several schools throughout the parish. The first and second place teams from each school were invited to participant in the championship competition at Southern University.
           
Dr. Bandele served as the event’s moderator and NBC Local 33 Anchor Deon Guillory also served as a guest moderator for a round of the competition.

Awards were presented to the winners by SU Ag Center’s Research Associate, Erica Williams Mitchell.

McKinley Middle Magnet’s Sting Like A Bee Team took home 1st place; followed by Westdale Middle School’s Soul Train Team in 2nd place and Scotlandville Middle Pre-Engineering Academy’s Black Kulture Kids Team in 3rd place.

The competition covered a variety of topics including current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment.

Members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams received medals and every participant received a book by or about some aspect of the Black experience.

Photos from the competition can be viewed here.

           
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Friday, February 22

SU Board of Supervisors names C. Reuben Walker, interim Chancellor-Dean of the SU Ag Center, College of Ag

Dr. C. Reuben Walker was appointed interim Chancellor-Dean of the SU Ag Center and College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences by the Southern University Board of Supervisors on February 21, 2019.


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Board of Supervisors voted to approve Dr. C. Reuben Walker, Ph.D., as the interim Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SU Ag Center) and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The position was approved on Thursday, February 21, 2019 during a regularly scheduled board meeting at Southern University Shreveport in Shreveport, La.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Walker has been a professor of animal science at Southern University and A&M College.

Prior to the appointment, Dr. Walker served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Auxiliary Services and External Affairs for the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agriculture.

He has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development, Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Chair of Agricultural Sciences and Urban Forestry, Southern University Baton Rouge campus’ Division Leader of Agricultural Sciences and Program Leader of Animal Science.

Dr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Animal Science from Oregon State University.



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Thursday, February 21

SU Ag Center’s Dawn Mellion-Patin receives the T. M. Campbell Leadership Award from Tuskegee University

SU Ag Center Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach,
Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, has been named the 2019 T. M. Campbell Leadership Award recipient by Tuskegee University. 


Baton Rouge, La. – Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach at the Southern University Ag Center, has been selected as the 2019 T. M. Campbell Leadership Award recipient by Tuskegee University’s Farmers Conference awards committee.
                                       
The award is given each year during Tuskegee’s Farmers Conference Awards Luncheon in honor of Thomas Monroe Campbell, the first person appointed as an Extension Agent in the United States.

To qualify for the award, recipients must exhibit professional and volunteer work, interact with 1890 Universities as well as other universities to impact Extension/Outreach, demonstrate involvement in public service activities to advance the quality of life for rural citizens and receive recognitions from peer groups for services rendered.

“It is an honor to receive the Thomas Monroe Campbell Leadership Award from Tuskegee University,” said Patin. “To be recognized by both a prominent HBCU and an 1862 University, within a few months of each other, has truly inspired me to continue my work of providing the rural citizens of Louisiana with the agricultural tools needed to improve their lives.”

In October, Patin received the 2018 George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Patin has served as the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach at the SU Ag Center since 2016. She developed the Center’s Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute, an intensive leadership development program that guides small, minority, socially-disadvantaged and limited-resource farmers through the process of becoming competitive agricultural entrepreneurs.

Her work in the field of agriculture has provided her with the opportunity to serve as a panel manager for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); chair of the Southern Region- Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee; grant committee member for the USDA’s  National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); 1890 representative on the National Extension Disaster Education Network Executive Committee and historian for the National Society of Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, a master’s degree in Educational Agriculture, both from Southern University, and a doctoral degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education from Iowa State University.

Patin received the T. M. Campbell Leadership Award on February 21 during Tuskegee University’s 127th Annual Farmers Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Tuesday, February 19

SARDI holds successful Spring Garden Workshop

Milagro Berhane, Senior Research Associate at the SU Ag Center, provides participants with instructions on how to plant tomato and watermelon seedlings during the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute's Spring Garden Workshop.


Baton Rouge, La. – Sixty small farmers, backyard gardeners and high school agricultural classes participated in the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute’s (SARDI) Community Spring Garden Workshop on February 15.

The event was held at 9 a.m. at SARDI’s Diesi Street location in Opelousas, La.

Antonio Harris, SARDI’s Director, greeted the participants and introduced the workshop’s presenters Milagro Berhane, Senior Research Associate, and Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate for Community and School Gardens, both with the Southern University Ag Center.

Elwood provided participants with information on the importance of school and community gardens as well as information on nontraditional crops that can be planted in the Spring. Berhane instructed the participants in hands-on demonstrations on seedling preparation, transplanting seedlings, and hoop house and greenhouse maintenance.

During the demonstrations, each participant was able to plant their own tomato and watermelon seed that they were able to take home.

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 Parish.

Click here to view photos from the event.


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Thursday, February 14

Animal Science Department Receives Donation from Four Paws Cremation Services

Standing from left, SU College of Ag alum and owner/CEO of Four Paws Pet Cremation Service, Lorenzo Bennet, presents a distal horse limb to Renita Marshall, DVM and Chair of the Department of Animal Science. 


Baton Rouge, La. – Four Paws Pet Cremation Service has donated a distal horse limb to the Department of Agricultural Sciences in Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Lorenzo Bennet, an alum of the College and owner/CEO of the cremation service, presented the limb to Renita Marshall, DVM, Chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Marshall said the limb will be used for student instruction.

“We have a veterinary sciences course that we will use to show the students a real life picture into how the bones and the limbs of animals work,” said Dr. Marshall. “Whether or not the students go into animal science or veterinary medicine they will need to know how the bones work to be able to assist with any type of surgery or anything that has to do with the medical condition of a horse’s limb.”

The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Sciences with concentrations in Agri-business, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Plant and Soil Sciences, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

For additional information about the Department of Agricultural Sciences, click here


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Tuesday, February 5

SU Ag Center set for 9th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference

Event Flyer


Baton Rouge, La. - Small farmers from throughout the state will gather at Southern University’s Felton G. Clark Activity Center from March 14-16 to attend the 9th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference.
                                                               
The three-day conference, themed “Louisiana Small Family Farms: Unlocking Your Potential,” is designed to educate, provide expanded awareness of educational opportunities, USDA programs and services and other resources to help small farmers stay in business.

This event is the ideal venue for new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, community based organizations, Urban Agriculturalists, Government Agencies and anyone interested in learning about agriculture.
                                                     
The conference will kick-off at 10 a.m. on March 14 with a grant writing session.

Additional conference sessions will cover the topics of:
  • Farmer’s Income Tax?
  • Hydroponics and Aquaponics Systems
  • Soil Health for Better Crops and Livestock
  • Sustainability: Self-Sufficient Farming Practices
  • There’s an App for That: Staying Connected
  • Raised Beds and Vertical Gardening
  • Value-Added Products

The conference will also include a USDA Round Table Discussion on small farmer needs, an exhibit hall and the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The limited complimentary registration will end on February 28, 2019.

After this date, the registration fee for the conference will be $100 for Agricultural Professionals and $75 for Small Farmers. Payment for the conference should be made in the form of check or money order made payable to: Southern University Foundation – ANR Programs.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily during the conference.  Agricultural exhibitors are welcome.

To register or to reserve an exhibitor space, click here or contact Zanetta Augustine at 225.771.2591 or via e-mail at zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com. 

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Tuesday, January 29

Three Urban Forestry students have been awarded the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

Undergraduate student Asija Rice and graduate students Wilbert Thomas and Simbrey Majors have been awarded the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship. (Photo courtesy of the Southern University Baton Rouge campus website.)


Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University Urban Forestry students Asija Rice, Simbrey Majors and Wilbert Thomas have been awarded the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship.
               
The scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a Louisiana public college or university. Undergraduate students receive $2,000 annually; graduate students receive $3,000 annually.

2019 marks the first time in several years that Southern University students have received the scholarship.

Click here to read the full article.

                                                
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