Monday, June 10

SU Ag Center to Teach Youth Healthy Cooking Skills During Summer Camp



Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Ag Center is now accepting applications for its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camps in parishes around the state.
                                                                     
The C.H.E.F. camps are designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s, “MyPlate” food guidance system and Dietary Guidelines.

Each day, participants will work together to create an entire meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team building skills, planning and time management.

Camps will be held in the following parishes and locations:

East Baton Rouge Parish
July 15 – 19, 2019  (Ages 9 – 11)

July 22 – 26, 2019 (Ages 12 – 15)
Registration fee: $35.00 (Same fee for both camps.)
Camp Location: Pinkie E. Thrift Hall on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus
Contact: Marquetta Anderson at 225-389-3056.


SARDI (St. Landry Parish)
Healthy Living Summer Academy
*Cooking Camp is free and will be incorporated into this academy
June 3 – 28, 2019
Contact Angell Jordan at 337-943-2410.

Morehouse Parish
July 22 – 26, 2019
Registration Fee:  $20.00
Contact Marianna Langston at 318-368-9935.


East Carroll Parish
June 17 – 21, 2019
Contact Carolyn Robinson at 318-559-0060.

West Carroll Parish
June 24 – 28, 2019
Contact Carolyn Robinson at 318-428-3571.


DeSoto Parish
June 17 - 21, 2019
Contact Patricia Lee at 318-872-0533.

St. James Parish
July 15 – 19, 2019
Registration Fee: $30.00
Camp Location: Housing Learning Center, 8234 Mills Street, St. James, La 70086
Contact Lisa Weber at 225-562-2320, 225-445-7719 or lisa_weber@suagcenter.com.

Madison Parish
June 18-21, 2019
Camp Location: Madison/ Tallulah Charter

June 24-28, 2019
Camp Location: Madison High School Family consumer Lab. 
Contact Sarah Sims at 318-574-2465.


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Thursday, June 6

SU Ag Center gears up for the 2019 Family and Youth Expo



Registration is currently open

Baton Rouge, La.Registration is currently open for the Southern University Ag Center’s 2019 Family and Youth Exposition. The interactive event will be held June 28-29, 2019 at the SU Agricultural Multipurpose Building, 14600 Scenic Hwy.

The expo, themed Healthy Options to Promote Excellence: Plant, Grow, Nurture, Harvest, Sustain, is free and open to all youth in 8th – 12th grade.

The event will include a lock-in, interactive learning activities, a live DJ, food and refreshments.



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SU Ag Center Postpones St. Helena Parish Ag Day

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center has postponed its’ St. Helena Parish Ag Day, which was scheduled for June 7, at the Fifth Ward Recreation Center, 31676 Hwy. 16, in Amite, Louisiana.

A new date for the Ag Day will be announced at a later time.

The event was postponed due to inclement weather expected for June 7.

For additional information contact Burnell Muse at 225-222-4136 or via email at burnall_muse@suagcenter.com.

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Wednesday, June 5

SU Ag Center to host Safety Training for Alexandria Area Produce Growers

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Baton Rouge, La.The Southern University Ag Center will host a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training in Alexandria, LA from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on June 12 and a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on June 13.

Both events will be held at the Rapides Parish Extension Office, 300 Grady Britt Drive.

The SU Ag Center has been holding safety trainings to help produce growers comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety Rule that is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This rule sets standards for growing, harvesting, packing and storing fruits and vegetables to prevent foodborne illness. It addresses water quality, composting, farm personnel health and hygiene and equipment sanitation among other issues. 

Registration for the training is $20 and will include resource materials and lunch.

Individuals can register online by clicking here, or by contacting Emily King at 225-771-3705 or via email at emily_king@suagcenter.com or Bahia Nightengale at 318-441-3408 or via email at bnightengale@cenla.org.

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Tuesday, June 4

SU Ag Center receives $50,000 donation to conduct research on water pollution

Standing from left, SU-ANSWERS and Apollo Water, Inc. scientist Clifton Roe and SU Ag Center Vice Chancellor for Research Andra Johnson, Ph.D., pose for photos after a laboratory demonstration on clean water technologies on May 15.



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Air, Nutrient, Soils, Water, Ecosystem and Remote Sensing (SU-ANSWERS) Institute has received a $50,000 check by an anonymous donor to support student training and research on water pollution.
                          
The check was presented to Andra Johnson, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research at the SU Ag Center, on May 15, 2019, during a reception in the Chancellor’s Conference Room of Fisher Hall.

The reception followed a laboratory demonstration on new clean water technologies conducted by scientists from SU-ANSWERS and the Apollo Water, Inc., Clifton Roe and Linda Schweitzer, Ph.D. The Apollo Water, Inc. is one of the Institute’s partners.

The demonstration was attended by local citizens, students from the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, representatives from Shell Global Industries and other donor organizations.

The mission of the SU-ANSWERS Institute is to promote natural and biological resources conservation through research, education, and service to communities both in urban and rural settings. The mission is achieved by conducting cutting edge research focusing on natural and biological resources, providing hands-on research training and experiential learning to the next generation of leaders in natural resources, utilizing research results and analytical laboratories to provide technical services to the communities, and promoting scientific collaboration and partnership building at state, regional, national, and international levels.

The SU-ANSWERS Institute is led by Johnson and the Institute’s Director Zhu Ning, Ph.D.
                                                
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SU Ag Center set to host St. Helena Parish Ag Day on June 7

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the St. Helena Parish Ag Day on June 7 at the Fifth Ward Recreation Center, 31676 Hwy. 16, in Amite, Louisiana.

The Ag Day will include farm tours, a petting zoo, interactive workshops on vertical gardening and edible landscapes.

There will also be hands-on demonstrations on:

·         Raising Backyard Poultry
·         Hibiscus Transplanting
·         Building a Hydroponic System

“This event is being held so farmers can showcase the activities on their farms and for the kids to see what actually happens on a farm, where their food comes from and the process involved in growing food,” said Burnell Muse, SU Ag Center Extension Agent and Event Coordinator.

The Ag Day is co-sponsored by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and the LSU AgCenter.

For additional information on the St. Helena Ag Day, contact Burnell Muse at 225-222-4136 or via email at burnell_muse@suagcenter.com.

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Monday, June 3

SU Ag Center Uses Hydroponic Growing System to Teach Students and Urban Entrepreneurs to Grow Crops with Limited Growing Space

SU Ag Center's Vice Chancellor for Research, Andra Johnson, Ph.D., inspects lettuce grown in the Center's Hydroponic Growing System.


Baton Rouge, La. – Andra Johnson, Ph.D., the Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, along with a team of SU Ag Center scientists, have partnered with Tera Vega to conduct research on a new Hydroponic Growing System.

Hydroponics is a process of growing plants without soil in either sand, gravel or liquid.

Through this research, students are being trained on new technologies that will maximize crop production with limited space.

Professor of Urban Forestry Yemane Ghebreiyessus, Ph.D., and Senior Research Associate Milagro Berhane are working to perfect the system with aspirations of teaching potential urban entrepreneurs how to effectively grow crops in areas with limited space and generate personal and community wealth opportunities.

For additional information about this research project, contact Milagro Berhane at milagro_berhane@suagcenter.com or Yemane Ghebreiyessus, Ph.D., at yemane_ghebreiyessus@suagcenter.com.
               
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Thursday, May 30

The SU Ag Center is using an air monitoring system to conduct research on air pollution

SU student Keandrys Dalton and Michael Orr with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) test an air monitor near the Southern University Ag Center on May 15. 


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center's Air, Nutrient, Soils, Water, Ecosystem and Remote Sensing (SU-ANSWERS) Institute has begun placing air monitoring units around the campus of Southern University to monitor and conduct research on air pollution.

The air monitors are designed to monitor air quality in specific areas.

SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences alumnus (Ret.) Gen. Russell Honore` donated an air monitor and a drone to the Ag Center and the College in January of 2019.  The Institute purchased eight additional monitors that will be linked into a statewide monitoring system.

“The monitors will be strategically located around the Southern University campus and in various other locations around the state,” said Andra Johnson, Ph.D., the Vice Chancellor for Research at the SU Ag Center.  “This will provide our stakeholders with access to air quality data in their areas, as well as allow our researchers to conduct studies to determine the impact of air pollution and examine ways to mitigate these pollutants.”

Honore` said he donated the equipment to be used by Southern University students with the hopes that they will find ways of improving the technology.

“Students can take the air monitors that are already made and enhance them or create a new one. That’s called intellectual property,” said Honore`. “From that, the student; the professor or the department can get grants as well as share in the bounty of success,” he added.

The first monitor was installed near the Southern University Ag Center’s greenhouses on May 15 by Michael Orr with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and Keandrys Dalton, a SU Animal Science student. The additional monitors will be installed around the state in the coming months.

The monitoring system will be open to the public, which will allow citizens to access air quality readings in their communities.

The mission of the SU-ANSWERS Institute is to promote natural and biological resources conservation through research, education, and service to communities both in urban and rural settings. The mission is achieved by conducting cutting edge research focusing on natural and biological resources, providing hands-on research training and experiential learning to the next generation of leaders in natural resources, utilizing research results and analytical laboratories to provide technical services to the communities and promoting scientific collaboration and partnership building at state, regional, national, and international levels.

The SU-ANSWERS Institute is led by Johnson and the Institute’s Director Zhu Ning, Ph.D.


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SU Dietetic Internship Program holds 25th Annual Graduation Ceremony


Standing from left is the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program Cheryl Atkinson, Ph.D.; Dietetic Interns Gabrean Stansbury; Hannah Onnebane; Fatrice Williams; Bonnie Lee, a member of the Dietetic Internship Program's first graduating class; former Director of the Dietetic Internship Program and current Program Leader Bernestine McGee, Ph.D.; Dietetic Interns N'Keyma Lee; Aquierra Anderson; Adrienne Johnson and Ellen McKnight.


Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences' (CAFCS) held a graduation ceremony for students enrolled in its Dietetic Internship Program on May 22.

The event was held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on Southern University’s campus.

The 2018-2019 Dietetic Interns were: Aquierra Anderson from Greenwood, MS; Adrienne Johnson from Marion Junction, Al; N’Keyma Lee from East Point, GA; Ellen McKnight from Baton Rouge, LA; Hannah Onnebane from Baton Rouge, LA; Gabrean Stansbury from Franklin, LA; and Fatrice Williams from Zachary, LA.

Cheryl Atkinson, Ph.D., Director of the Dietetic Internship Program, presided over the ceremony and C. Reuben Walker, Ph.D., served as the keynote speaker.

The program’s former director, Bernestine McGee, Ph.D., was honored during the event for her years of service to the program.

The ten-month Dietetic Internship Program is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program in dietetics. Its curriculum is designed to educate students to function as entry-level registered dietitians after successfully completing the Registered Dietitian Exam.

Since the program’s inception 25 years ago, it has remained accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). To date, 200 individuals have graduated from this program and its students have a 92% pass rate on the Registered Dietitian Exam.

Southern University is one of eight historically black colleges and universities that offers a supervised practice program in dietetics.

For additional information on the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences’ Dietetic Internship Program, visit http://www.subr.edu/page/637 or contact Cheryl Atkinson, Ph.D., at 225-771-3168.

Photos from the graduation ceremony are available here

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Wednesday, May 22

SU College of Ag Vice Chancellor Retia Walker to receive Iowa State Alumni Award

Southern University College of Agriculture Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Services/ Associate Dean, Retia S. Walker, Ph.D., has been named the recipient of the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award by Iowa State University.


Baton Rouge, La. – Retia Scott Walker, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Services/ Associate Dean of Southern University’s College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipient by the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU).

According to ISU website, the award recognizes alumni who have accomplished meritorious service and/or distinguished achievements in business and industry, education, family and consumer sciences and health.

“I am excited about this recognition and look forward to returning to Iowa State University this fall to participate in the celebration honoring graduates of the college,” said Walker. “I had a great experience there and developed lasting relationships with classmates and professors, some of whom I am still in touch with annually,” she added.
                                                                                                     
Retia has been an educator for more than 50 years. She has served as the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Services/ Associate Dean in the SU College of Agriculture since November 2017. Prior to coming to Southern University Walker has served as an Interim Provost, an Executive Assistant to the President and as a Department Chair in Human Ecology, all at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Walker has also held the position of Vice President of Academic Outreach and Public Services, Dean and Professor in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, both at the University of Kentucky and Assistant Professor in the College of Education Graduate Program at Texas Woman's University.

Walker earned a B.S. in Home Economics Education and a Minor in Foods and Nutrition from Tuskegee University; an M.S. with a concentration in Family Studies from Hunter College; an M.S. ED in Education Administration and Supervision from Pace University (NYC) and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. Retia also completed her post-doctoral studies in Gerontology at the University of Maryland-College Park and Baltimore, and the Executive Education Program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.       
                                                                                                  
This award will be the third time Retia has been recognized by Iowa State University. In 1983 she was honored as an Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate and in 2003 she received the Virgil Lagomarcino Laureate Alumni Award from the College of Education.

Retia will receive the 2019 Alumni Achievement  Award in October during Iowa State’s Homecoming.

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Friday, May 17

SU Ag Center to teach youth healthy cooking skills during summer camp


C.H.E.F. Camp applications are now available

Camp Application

 Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center is now accepting applications for its “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camp for ages 9-11 on July 15-19 and for ages 12-15 on July 22-26.

The C.H.E.F. camp is designed to teach youth basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s, “MyPlate” food guidance system and Dietary Guidelines.

Each day, participants will work together to create an entire meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team building skills, planning and time management.

Both sessions will be held on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Only 20 participants will be accepted for each session. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and a healthy snack each day.

Registration for the camp is $35 and must be accompanied with a completed registration form and mailed to: C.H.E.F., Nutrition Education Program, Southern University Ag Center, P. O. Box 10010, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. Payment must be made in the form of a money order payable to the Southern University Ag Center.


The application deadline for both sessions is June 28.

To obtain an application or for additional information, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson at 225.389.3055 or via e-mail at, kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

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Thursday, May 16

SU Ag Center’s Tiffany Franklin appointment to Federal Advisory Committee

SU Ag Center's Dr. Tiffany Franklin has been appointed to serve as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


Baton Rouge, La. – SU Ag Center’s Associate Youth Specialist, Tiffany Franklin, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) by Caren Harp, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Franklin will serve a two-year term and help shape the FACJJ’s perspectives on juvenile justice issues and share them with the President of the United States, Members of Congress, and the OJJDP Administrator.

The purpose of the FACJJ is to analyze, review, and examine legislation, research, policies, regulations, practices, and/or operations and to advise the President, Congress, and the OJJDP Administrator about the issues that affect juvenile justice and delinquency prevention throughout the nation.

The committee was established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (Section 223).

Tiffany has also served on Governor John Bel Edwards’ Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

She has been employed with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center since 2006.

Franklin earned a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy, all from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.

Tiffany is a published author with research interests in juvenile justice policies for at-risk youth; vulnerable, underserved populations, primarily incarcerated females; and community and economic development policies for impoverished areas.

The Tensas Parish native currently resides in Zachary, La.

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Friday, May 10

Applications now available for the SU Ag Center’s Summer CLIMATE Program


Program to help High School Juniors qualify for TOPS

Program Application


Baton Rouge, La. – Applications are currently being accepted for the SU Ag Center’s Cultivating Leadership Innovation by Motivating Agricultural Talents through Education (CLIMATE) Program.

CLIMATE is a two-year summer program for current high school juniors. The residual program will provide supplemental instruction and assist participants in qualifying for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship. The participants will also be given the opportunity to gain pre-collegiate work experience during a professional internship in their home town or a neighboring parish.

During the first year of the program, participants will spend four weeks on the Southern University campus preparing for the ACT test and participating in educational courses and field trips.

At the completion of the four weeks, the students will receive a $500 educational assistance award.

Students will further their knowledge during the second year of the program by working for eight weeks in an agricultural related internship with either a state or local government agencies or community organizations. The returning participants will receive a $2,000 stipend after successfully completing the internship.

Participation in CLIMATE is free of charge, however, only high school juniors will be accepted into the program.

To apply, applicants must submit an application with an official transcript and a one and a half page double spaced essay which includes:

•An introduction of the applicant to include what he or she would like the selection committee to know about him/herself.
•The applicant’s definition of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.
•Why the applicant believes that Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences are important.
•The applicant’s goals and aspirations for the future.

Additionally, applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and scored between a 14 and a 19 on the ACT.

All applications must be submitted by May 20, 2019.

To obtain an application or for additional information contact, Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach, at 225-771-3532 or via email at dawn_mellion@suagcenter.com.

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Wednesday, May 8

SU Ag Center set for 12th Annual Small Ruminant Field Day

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Baton Rouge, La. – The SU Ag Center will host its 12th annual Small Ruminant Field Day on June 1 at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Hwy., from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
                             
The event is free and open to the public with workshops geared towards educating adults on the topics of:

·         Small Ruminant Reproduction
·         Alternative Forages
·         Heard Health and Disease Management
·         Mobile Technology and Marketing
·         Small Ruminant Certification Program

There will also be a demonstration on practical animal husbandry techniques.

The Small Ruminant Field Day is co-sponsored by the SU Ag Center, the Center’s Southern University Institute for One Health One Medicine and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program.

For additional information on the Field Day, contact Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul at sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com or Dr. Renita Marshall at renita_marshall@suagcenter.com.

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More than 300 students expected to attend SARDI’s 8th Grade End of School Bash

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Baton Rouge, La. – More than 300 eighth-grade students from schools throughout St. Landry Parish will participate in the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute’s (SARDI) 8th Grade End of School Bash on May 9.

The event themed, “A Journey to Excellence: Imagine the Possibilities,” will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Yambilee Building Convention Center, 1939 W. Landry Street, in Opelousas, La.

The program aims to help eighth-graders embrace wise choices as they transition to high school.

SARDI is a satellite campus of the Southern University Ag Center located in Opelousas. 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.

The End of School Bash is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.

For additional information, contact SARDI at 337-943-2410.

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Tuesday, May 7

SNAP-ED Growing Healthy Program plants citrus orchard at St. James Parish School

SU Ag Center's SNAP-Ed Growing Healthy Coordinator, Stephanie Elwood, teaches St. Louis Academy students how to care for several varieties of orange trees that were planted at their St. James Parish School.


Baton Rouge, La. – A citrus orchard was recently implemented at St. Louis Academy in St. James Parish. SNAP-Ed Growing Healthy coordinator Stephanie Elwood and Nutrition Educator for St. James and Ascension parishes Lisa Weber led the initiative with the school’s elementary class.

Satsuma, Kumquat, Lemon and Naval orange trees were planted behind the school building to complement the vegetable garden the school has planted in the front of the building.

For additional information on the SU Ag Center’s Growing Healthy Program, contact Stephanie Elwood at stephanie_elwood@suagcenter.com.
           
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Food Safety Certifications Awarded to Folsom, La. Residents



Baton Rouge, La. – Eleven Louisiana residents recently received Food Safety Certification under the Southern University Ag Center’s, “Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana Small Farms and Businesses,” program.  The training was held in Folsom, Louisiana, located in St. Tammany Parish.  The all-female class included two restaurant co-owners, their workers and family members who were working in the restaurant. 
           
The training in safe food handling was held for five weeks, ending on April 1.  The participants learned about the importance of food safety, good personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross-contamination, cleaning and sanitizing. 
                                                                                                            
Dr. Fatemeh Malekian, Professor at the Southern University Ag Center, conducted the training and was assisted by L’Asia George, Research Assistant, and Emily King, Produce Safety Program Coordinator.

William Augustine, Project Coordinator, brought the Mobile Technology Education Center to Folsom on the last class.  The Mobile Unit is a full-size bus retrofitted into a mobile classroom.  It is furnished with computers, the internet, a projector, and a small kitchen.  L’Asia George conducted a food safety/cooking demonstration on the unit, focusing on using proper food safety practices during preparation, cooking, and serving. 

Participants received the ServSafe Food Handler Guide and a binder with the information taught in the sessions.  At the final session, the participants were awarded certificates acknowledging their completion of the Food Handler course.  The training and resource materials were provided at no cost to the participants.

For additional information about our Food Safety Certification Program, contact Dr. Fatemeh Malekian at fatemeh_malekian@suagcenter.com or Emily King at emily_king@suagcenter.com.
           
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