Monday, August 10

SU Ag Center set to host a Virtual Session on Good Health Practices

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Family and Human Development Unit will host a virtual learning session on the topic of, “Communicating Good Health Practices” at 10 a.m. on August 10.

 

During the session, participants learn to define good health practices, identify family influences, list ways to better communicate, and set goals for reinforcing health practices. 

 

The session will be able to be viewed on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/Family-Human-Development-103115911307914/ and on Instagram at, https://www.instagram.com/suag_familylinkup/.

 

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Monday, August 3

SU Ag Center set to host a workshop on the 2020 Census

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center, along with the Louisiana Tri-Parish Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host, “Counting Small Towns is a Big Deal,” a Census 2020 workshop.

 

This event will be held live on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook Page at 6:30 p.m. (Central) on August 4.

 

“It is vital that we participate in the census workshop so we can learn the importance of the census and what it means for families and communities,” said Gerald Williams, Community and Economic Development Assistant Specialist at the SU Ag Center. “Participating in the workshop will give individuals a clear understanding about the census,” added Williams.

 

The workshop will provide individuals with relevant information to understand the importance of the 2020 Census and how their communities benefit when everyone is counted.

 

 

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Thursday, July 30

SU Ag Center holds a press conference in Shreveport to mark the release of THC products

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, along with its medical marijuana partner, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, held a press conference on July 27 to mark the release of its THC product line, AYO, in the Shreveport area.

The press conference was held at Shreveport, Louisiana’s The Healing Clinics, LLC.

Delivering remarks during the press conference were: Janana Snowden, Ph.D., Southern University Ag Center Institute for Medicinal Plants Director and Southern University Baton Rouge Agriculture Professor; Chanda Macias, Ph.D., Ilera Healthcare CEO; Adrian Perkins, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Kathryn Thomas, Founding Partner and CEO of The Healing Clinics, LLC.

Southern University became the first Historical Black University to launch its own THC medical cannabis products on July 1, 2020. The University also released a line of hemp-derived CBD product line, Alafia Healthcare on January 25, 2020.  Making Southern the only HBCU to produce both CBD and THC products.

The launch of AYO, followed the state’s expansion of laws to allow more patients to choose medical marijuana for treatment. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on June 11 ACT No 286, which allows any state-licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to any of their patients to find relief for any condition.

AYO is scientifically formulated, lab tested, pesticide free, and only available in the state of Louisiana. To learn more about AYO and cannabis medicine, please visit www.ileraholistichealthcare.com.

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Monday, July 27

SU Ag Center to discuss emergency preparedness resources for persons with disabilities

Emergency preparedness resources for persons with disabilities


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the fourth session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on July 31.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities.”

“Emergencies and natural disasters present a unique, yet often familiar challenge for individuals with disabilities. When developing the blueprint for the Facebook Live Series, I wanted to ensure the programming would be inclusive of everyone throughout the communities we serve,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host. “As I have stated before, emergencies affect everyone and are unavoidable; it is our responsibility to aid vulnerable communities in mitigating losses. Individuals with disabilities should have the same safety, security, and access to resources as individuals without disabilities,” added Allen.

The Emergency Preparedness Facebook Live series has included topics on Resources available for Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness for Children, and Older Adults.

The series will be aired on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Monday, July 20

SU Ag Center’s donates 4-H Healthy Habits Activity Bags Opelousas Boys and Girls Club

Introduces youth to 4-H learning KickinNutrition.TV 

Standing from left, Adrian Giron, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas, receives a donation of 4-H Healthy Habits activity bags from SARDI's Kayla Fontenot on July 13, 2020.

Baton Rouge, La. – Kayla Fontenot, Assistant Area Agent for Youth Development at the SU Ag Center’s  Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) presented 4-H Healthy Habits activity bags to the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas on July 13. The activity bags contained the following items:

  • Jump Ropes
  • Water Bottles
  • Spray Hand Sanitizer
  • 4-H Activity Sheets
  • Healthy Recipes

Fontenot also provided the organization with materials for the first lesson of KickinNutrition.TV ahead of the program’s debut via Zoom on July 16. KickinNutrition.TV is an innovative, digital 4-H program designed to educate, entertain, and empower children to make healthier food and lifestyle choices. The program also features engaging videos and interactive learning tools designed for urban, inner-city youth and their families. KickinNutrition.TV utilizes comedy, music, and engaging research-based, peer-to-peer nutrition instruction, and cooking demonstrations.

The bags and materials were received by Adrian Giron, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Opelousas.

The Boys and Girls Club is a proud partner of SARDI, a satellite campus of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in St. Landry Parish.

View the first lesson of KickinNutrition.TV here. Materials for the lesson are available here.

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Wednesday, July 15

SU Ag Center’s Morehouse Black Farmers Field Day Canceled


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s 2020 Morehouse Black Farmers Field Day has been canceled.

 

To ensure the health and safety of the staff and the Morehouse Parish community, the Ag Center canceled the event after an employee received notification that they had been exposed to COVID-19.

 

The annual field day has been held since 2002 and had drawn crowds of more than 200 current and budding farmers. The Ag Center had planned to hold a virtual field day this year with live and pre-recorded presentations.

 

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Monday, July 13

SU Ag Center set to discuss Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the third session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on July 17.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults.”

“Older adults are often the forgotten demographic in instances of preparation and decision making,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host.  “We aim to equip older adults with the knowledge and resources available to prepare them for unavoidable disasters. The importance is paramount; we recognize our ability to help older adults mitigate losses, but also recognize this is a public health issue,” added Krystle.

Dr. Wanda Spurlock, a professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University and A&M College, will be our guest during the session.

Dr. Spurlock is an expert in the care of older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  She has also been recognized for her expertise in emergency/disaster preparedness and has served as Co-Chair of a National Policy Expert Roundtable on Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults. The outcome of this partnership between the American Red Cross, Scientific Advisory Council and the American Academy of Nursing, was a widely disseminated white paper titled, “Closing the Gaps: Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Older Adults.”

In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, where she served as the immediate past Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging, Dr. Spurlock is also a Fellow of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. 

She is recognized as a Distinguished Gerontological Nurse Educator by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, she is also certified as an Academic Nurse Educator and holds board certifications in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Gerontological Nursing Practice. As a member of the Louisiana Dementia Partnership, Dr. Spurlock has played a key role in the reduction in the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing home residents with dementia. She is also recognized by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a Dementia Care Specialist.

Dr. Spurlock has been a registered nurse for over four decades. She earned a diploma in Nursing from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master's in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, and a Doctor of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has received numerous local, state and national awards for her contributions to healthcare and the nursing profession.

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Thursday, July 2

Southern University Ag Center Launches THC Line of Medical Cannabis Products

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare, have releases a line of THC medical cannabis products. Making Southern University the first historically Black university to launch its own THC medical cannabis products.

BATON ROUGE, La. —The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of the Southern University System, together with Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic), today became the nation’s first historically Black university (HBCU) to launch its own THC medical cannabis products. The university holds one of two cannabis licenses in the state of Louisiana. The launch of this historic brand, called AYO, comes on the heels of Louisiana’s unprecedented extension in June of its own medical marijuana program. 


“This is yet another great and historic day for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center,” said Orlando McMeans, chancellor of the Ag Center. “The goal of this program is to provide quality medicine for the citizens of the state of Louisiana through education, research and outreach, all of which are included in the mission of the Ag Center. The release of AYO, along with our CBD products, will enable us to help patients better manage their medical issues and improve their quality of life.”

 

The AYO line joins the ALAFIA product brand, a hemp-derived tincture developed by Southern and Ilera.  ALAFIA launched on January 25 in the Louisiana market, making Southern University the first HBCU producer in both cannabis and hemp.  ALAFIA will be available online nationwide later this summer.

 

“With the launch of both CBD and THC medical marijuana products, Southern continues to set precedents in innovation,” said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System. “In addition to providing healthcare options for Louisiana residents, our valued partner, Ilera, is able to hire local talent. All of this impacts our state’s economy directly while expanding the Southern University brand.”

 

Southern’s medical marijuana program is part of the Ag Center’s Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants, helmed by Janana Snowden, the institute’s director and an assistant professor of agriculture at Southern University Baton Rouge. The institute and Ag Center have long researched plants such as hibiscus in addition to cannabis.

 

“The very important research we conduct on medicinal plants helps us to address health problems that affect communities,” Snowden said. “Our products derived from medicinal plants offer patients another way to alleviate symptoms. We are proud that we can be part of many potential solutions.”

 

AYO has been launched at a time that Louisiana has expanded laws to potentially allow more patients to choose medical marijuana for treatment. On June 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law ACT No 286, allowing any state-licensed physician to recommend medical marijuana to any of their patients to find relief for any condition.

 

“ACT No 286 makes clear that Louisiana residents want full access to medical cannabis and the right to discuss alternative healthcare options with their doctors,” said Chanda Macias, chief executive officer for Ilera Holistic Healthcare. “We are grateful to the entire state legislature in welcoming our input throughout the long history of this bill and listening to the voices of our patients, advocates, doctors and industry colleagues. We had one common goal, which was to bring greater access to medicine for all patients in our great state.”  

 

AYO is scientifically formulated, lab tested, pesticide free, and only available in the state of Louisiana. To learn more about AYO and cannabis medicine, please visit www.ileraholistichealthcare.com.


                                                                              
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Wednesday, June 24

SU Ag Center set to host a virtual seminar series to help youth transition back to school

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host a seminar series to aid youth and young adults who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Giving Youth Healthy Options that Promote Excellence (H.O.P.E.) 4-H Program.

The seminars will provide high school students and recent high school graduates with social and cognitive support through interactive sessions as they transition from the effects of COVID-19 through their return to high school or college.

All sessions will be held on Zoom from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on the topics of:

·       Dealing with the Disappointment – June 25, 2020

·       Preparing For My Tomorrow: What’s Next for Me? – July 9, 2020

·       Vision Board Party - July 12, 2020

·       Social Distancing and Teens – August 8, 2020

·       I Made It – September 5, 2020

“The SU Ag Center is holding this seminar series because we recognize the challenges that our young people are facing are uniquely theirs,” said Dr. Tiffany Franklin, Associate Youth Specialist and Program Leader of 4-H Youth Development at the SU Ag Center. “In consideration of the disruption of the academic setting, socialization, financial stability,  physical and mental well-being, we desire to provide engaging sessions, coupled with coping skills to ease their transition through this new normalcy,” add Dr. Franklin.

Chalonda Hollis, a licensed clinical social worker, will lead the seminars along with Dr. Franklin. Hollis is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Certified-School Social Work Specialist who provides clinical supervision for master level social workers seeking clinical licensure. She has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked to help individuals with behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, school-related issues, childhood disorders, anger management, and emotional distress. She has also worked with victims of abuse and neglect, at-risk youth, and Employee Assistance Program matters.

To access the Giving Youth Healthy Options that Promote Excellence (H.O.P.E.) 4-H Program visit https://zoom.us/j/3548148408#success and use the password 6r92pi.

Thursday, June 18

SU Ag Center set to discuss Emergency Preparedness for Kids during Facebook Live


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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host the second session of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on June 19.

The live stream will focus on the topic of “Emergency Preparedness for Children.”

“Children are especially vulnerable before, during and after emergencies,” said Krystle Allen, SU Ag Center Extension Associate and Facebook Live Series host. “Learning critical skills on how to plan and respond after an emergency, fosters a sense of understanding and equips children to respond quickly and safely during emergency situations,” added Allen.
The broadcast will last between 15-30 minutes, depending on questions.

The Emergency Preparedness Facebook Live Series will be held biweekly on Fridays at 12 p.m. on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.



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Tuesday, June 16

SU Ag Center set to host Nutrition and Health Series on Facebook Live




Facebook Live Series to provide helpful tutorials for adults, teens and kids



Baton Rouge, La. – The Nutrition, Health and Wellness Department of the Southern University Ag Center will conduct a Facebook Live Series with Nutrition Education and Physical Activity lessons through its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
The live streams will be held June 17 – July 8 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the SUAg SNAP-Ed’s Facebook page.
The topics covered during the series will include:
·       Incorporating Exercise Into Your Daily Schedule
·       Healthy Snacks for Children During the Summer
·       Container Gardening
·       Eating Healthy on a Budget
·       Preserving and Canning
·       Food Safety
·       Physical Activity
·       Spicing up your Family Dinners
“The SU Ag Center's SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs believe that positive behavior changes, inclusive of diet and physical activity are paramount when it comes to living our best most healthy lives,” said Dr. De’Shoin York, Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach and Program Leader for the Center’s Department of Nutrition, Health & Wellness. “This series will give our participants some practical tools to assist them on their journey to live their best lives,” she added.
SNAP-Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity prevention component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the U.S. domestic hunger safety net formerly known as Food Stamps that provides economic benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families for food purchases.  The program teaches people using or eligible for SNAP about proper nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.
The SU Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program has been in existence for more than 20 years and operates in 13 parishes throughout the state of Louisiana: Ascension, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Madison, Morehouse, St. James, Richland, and West Carroll.
EFNEP is designed to assist limited-resource adults and youth in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavioral changes necessary for nutritionally sound diets.  EFNEP Programming is currently available in Avoyelles, Evangeline, and Rapides parishes.
For a complete list of Facebook Live topics with the date and times of the live streams visit www.suagcenter.com.  



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Thursday, June 11

SU Ag Center set to co-sponsor virtual outstanding mature girlz conference



The annual conference aims to empower girls and teens



 Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will co-sponsor the 2020 virtual Outstanding Mature Girlz (O.M.G.) Conference along with the Outstanding Mature Girlz Organizations. The online event will be held Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m.



The annual conference empowers, educates, and celebrates the young females from Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The event is free and open to girls ages 10 - 19.



Disney Super Star Kylie Cantrall of “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” will be a featured speaker for the event.



To register, visit https://www.omgyouthconference.com/. The event will be live-streamed on the
Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81832628591.



Additional 2020 partners include the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Youth For Excellence (LYFE), Cox Communications, Walmart, and Gilead.



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Tuesday, June 9

SU Ag Center prepares for its 78th Annual State Livestock Show



Baton Rouge, La. – As the Southern University Ag Center prepares for its 78th annual State Livestock and Poultry Show, the health and safety of our show’s participants is important.  



In an effort to keep exhibitors informed with up-to-date information about the 2021 show, the SU Ag Center’s Livestock Show Office has released the following statement:



Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the Southern University Ag Center can not guarantee that the 2021 Livestock and Poultry Show will occur as advertised. All livestock show participants and their families should be aware that the purchase and/or validation of animals for the 2021 livestock show is at their own risk and financial investment.



“The safety and wellbeing of our Livestock Show participants and families is a priority for the Southern University Ag Center,” said Dr. Harold Mellieon, Livestock Show Director. “We have released this statement to ensure that our participants are aware of our plans for the upcoming show,” he added.



Updates regarding the Ag Center’s 78th  Annual Livestock Show will be available on the Southern University Ag Center’s website.







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Friday, June 5

SU Ag Center set to host Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness


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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host a Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 beginning June 5 at 12 p.m.



The event will be the first of several biweekly live streams. The June 5 stream will cover the topic of “Resources available for Emergency Preparedness!”



The broadcasts will last between 15-30 minutes, depending on questions.



The Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page can be accessed here.





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Tuesday, May 19

SU Ag Center set to co-sponsor a Virtual Town Hall on Hurricane Preparedness



The event will focus on Hurricane Preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will co-sponsor a Virtual Town Hall on Hurricane Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19 on May 21 at 12 p.m. (central) with the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and the eXtension Foundation.



The town hall will provide individuals with a platform to discuss ideas and best practices in preparing for the 2020 Hurricane Season. The goal of the event is to highlight the work cooperative extension is doing and share the resources and programs available to communities through the Cooperative Extension System.



Krystle Allen, Extension Associate with the Southern University Ag Center, will be a panelist during the event along with Gena Laterhs, Planning Branch Manager with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. Representatives from the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Mississippi State University, Florida A&M University, Ohio State University, and Tuskegee University will also participate in the panel.



Registration information for the Virtual Town Hall is available at https://bit.ly/2WICNXM.



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Monday, May 18

College of Ag student Irene Lewis named Southern University’s Chief Student Marshal



Irene Lewis, a Southern University Agricultural  Sciences major with a concentration in Plant and Soil Sciences, will graduate with the highest grade point average in the Spring 2020 Class.



Baton Rouge, La. – Irene L. Lewis, a Southern University Agricultural Sciences major with a concentration in Plant and Soil Science, has been named the University’s Spring 2020 Chief Student Marshal, the student graduating with the highest grade point average in the class.



“I am honored to serve as Chief Student Marshal to remind the Class of 2020 that we are resilient,” said Lewis, who graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.



Irene went on to say that she began college wanting to graduate as the chief student marshal but admitted that she quickly learned that a college experience is more than academics.



“I learned that my college experience was much more important than my grades,” said Lewis. “It is about the people you meet and the memories you make. I never would have thought I would experience “virtual graduation,” but here we are. I say all of that to say, even though life did not follow an exact path for me, I am

glad we can still celebrate,” she added.



The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t the first time Lewis had a disruption from her planned path. In 2016, her home flooded days before the start of her freshman year at college.



“It was difficult starting class almost immediately after losing the home I grew up in,” said Irene. “It was even more difficult watching my family have to bounce back and my siblings adjust to moving to a new town all in a matter of months,” expressed Irene.



“I think watching how strong both my younger brother and sister were as well as having my parents, family, and friends there to love and support me helped me tremendously,” said Irene. “As I started at Southern in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, I also learned that more than anything, I had a family away from home and a support system that would bring me a long way,” added Irene.



During her college career, Irene was active in several student organizations.



She was elected the National Undergraduate President of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization for the 2019-2020 year and Region IV National Undergraduate Vice President of MANRRS for the 2018-2019 year where she represented the organization’s college chapters in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Irene was also active in the local Southern University Chapter of MANRRS where she served as both the Secretary during the 2017-2018 academic year and Historian during the 2018-2019 year.



Irene credits her time at Southern University for helping her grow as an adult.



“Throughout college, I learned a lot about myself and my leadership abilities. I learned that, through balancing several organizations, responsibilities, and my personal life, I needed to take time to take care of me, my needs, and my wellbeing,” said Irene. “My professors in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences taught me how to build a community. My interests have evolved greatly from my freshman year, but throughout, they have demonstrated that my possibilities are endless,” she expressed.



After graduating, Irene will spend the summer as an intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. During the Fall 2020 semester, she will begin working on a Masters of Public Administration at The Ohio State University, focusing on food access policy. She will also have the opportunity to complete her second year of studies while working in Washington D.C. on a fully funded fellowship.



Irene is a 22-year-old native of  Baton Rouge by way of Central, La. She is the daughter of Eric and Maura Lewis and a 2016 graduate of Runnels High School.



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Friday, May 15

Meal Planning Made Easy



Baton Rouge, La. – Meal planning is a great way to provide healthy meals for your family, while saving money and time. It may sound complicated, but after you have done it once or twice it will become easy. Having a plan for meals, snacks, and beverages will help you balance out the food groups. Marianna Langston, SU Ag Center’s Assistant Area Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences in Union and Morehouse Parishes has provided the following steps to help make meal planning easier.



Take Inventory

Inventory and organize your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator. Organize your pantry by grouping similar items together like canned vegetables, grains, canned fruits, etc. Check expiration dates on items and move items that will expire soon to the front. Inventory the refrigerator and freezer, making sure to check expiration dates.



Make a Meal Plan

Start with a plan for one week, this will make planning easier. Decide how many meals, snacks, and beverages will be needed for the week. Plan based on what you already have, what is in season, and on sale. Include foods from all five food groups on MyPlate. Be sure to vary protein choices, use a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Choose a variety of meals that include budget-friendly meals and family favorites. Gather your recipes once you decide what you will be cooking. Make a list of ingredients needed for each recipe. Compare the items on the list with what you already have and mark them off the list.



Make a Grocery List

A grocery list will save you time and money. Having a grocery list will help get you in and out of the store faster and reduce the number of trips to the grocery store. Sticking to the list will help prevent impulse buys, which will save you money. Write down items on your grocery list as they get low. Keep the list in a place that is easily seen and keep a pen close, this will make it easier to add items.



Leftovers

Make leftovers into new meals. Think of the “leftover” as an ingredient in a different recipe. Be creative when planning new meals. Leftover meat could be used in quesadillas, casseroles or a stir fry. Rice can be used as a new side dish, in casseroles or desserts. Pasta can be turned into a pasta salad or casseroles. Vegetables can be used in casseroles, quesadillas, soup, or a new side dish.



Have Themed Nights

Theme meals are an easy way to make meals fun and add variety to family meals. Have family members come up with ideas for themed meals. This gives everyone an opportunity to be a part of the planning. Some ideas for themed meals include pasta night, burger night, throwback Thursday (make childhood favorite meals), stir fry night, kid’s choice, and soup and sandwich night.



Information for this article was gathered from the USDA’s Choose MyPlate MyWins Tips: Meal Planning Made Easy and Plan Your Weekly Meals materials.





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Wednesday, May 13

SU Ag Center Gives a Helping Hand to the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana


Family and Consumer Sciences Assistant Area Agent Angell Jordan assisted the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana during a grab and go meal distribution for youth on April 30.

Baton Rouge, La. – Angell Jordan, Family and Consumer Sciences Assistant Area Agent at the SU Ag Center’s Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) assisted the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana in feeding area youth during a grab and go meal distribution on April 30.

Angell aided the organization in distributing hundreds of boxes of meals to youth within the Opelousas community. The boxes contained meals for seven days, which included breakfast and lunch.

“Many kids are not eating all three meals due to school closures but the administration team at the Boys & Girls Club is trying to make sure that no kid goes hungry while out of school,” said Jordan.

The grab and go meal distributions will continue for several weeks and Jordan said she will continue to participate with this effort.

The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana is located at 814 E. Laurent Street in Opelousas, La. For information about the organization and upcoming events, visit https://www.bgcacadiana.com.

SARDI is a satellite campus of the SU Ag Center housed in Opelousas, La. The institute focuses on improving the socio-economic 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 Parishes.



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Monday, May 11

SU Ag Center and Front Yard Bike Shop provides seed starter kits to youth



Baton Rouge, La. – SU Ag Center’s Growing Healthy program has been working with its partner, Front Yard Bike Shop, to provide youth with seed starter kits during the stay at home order.



The kits consist of four different types of vegetable seeds, a seed tray, soil, and plant labels.



“This will give the students something to keep them occupied and maybe some of them will even turn into successful vegetable gardens,” expressed Stephanie Elwood, SU Ag Center Extension Associate.



During the governor’s stay at home order, the staff of Front Yard Bikes has been delivering up to 150 meals daily to their students who would have normally participated in their after school programming, along with grade-appropriate academic worksheets. The SU Ag Center provided the starter kits to add to their efforts.



Front Yard Bike Shop is a non-profit bike mechanics and afterschool program. It also serves as the location of the SU Ag Center’s Growing Healthy program, which is the gardening component of the Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program.



SNAP-Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity prevention component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the U.S. domestic hunger safety net formerly known as Food Stamps that provides economic benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families for food purchases.  The program teaches people using or eligible for SNAP about proper nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.



The SU Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program has been in existence for more than 20 years and operates in 13 parishes throughout the state of Louisiana: Ascension, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Madison, Morehouse, St. James, Richland, and West Carroll.



For additional information about Front Yard Bikes, visit www.frontyardbikes.com. Information about the SU Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program is available at, https://www.suagnutrition.com/.



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Friday, April 24

SU Ag Center among 1890 Land-Grant Universities receiving scholarship grant from USDA-NIFA



Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant, which was made possible through NIFA’s 1890 Scholarship Program and authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, will provide full and partial scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. 

“The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences are elated to be amongst the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Institutions to receive this stellar and timely scholarship,” expressed Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, Chancellor-Dean of the SU Ag Center and the College of Ag. “These funds carry the mandate of advancing the agricultural and food systems via the academic land-grant mission component.  We at the Ag Center and College of Ag view this scholarship as a game-changer, and are thankful to Congressman David Scott of Georgia for championing this important land-grant educational endeavor,” added Dr. McMeans.

The 1890 Scholarship Program provides scholarships to 1890 Land-Grant Institutes to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training of undergraduate students.

NIFA awarded more than $14 million to Southern University and the following institutions: Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Lincoln University of Missouri,  Alcorn State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Central State University, Langston University,  South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, Virginia State University, and West Virginia State University.

It has a mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural sciences, visit https://nifa.usda.gov/impacts.  

Additional information and applications for the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences’ 1890 Scholarship are available here.



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Wednesday, April 22

Dr. Orlando McMeans named to governor’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force


Dr. Orlando McMeans, Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named to the state's COVID-19Health Equity Task Force. 

Baton Rouge, La. – Dr. Orlando F. McMeans, Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named to Governor John Bel Edwards Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.


“It is indeed an honor to be named to such a tremendously important and talented working group,” said Dr. McMeans. “As an African American growing up in southern Alabama under similar conditions to those most disproportionately and adversely affected by COVID-19, it affords me an opportunity to lend my life experiences and expertise to addressing this national issue,” he added.
The task force will focus on research and actions to improve health outcomes and equity for the state’s residents. The group’s progress will be monitored by a statewide Health Equity Dashboard.

McMeans was appointed with several other leaders from within the Southern University System. These leaders include Dr. Sandra Brown, dean of the Southern University Baton Rouge campus’ College of Nursing and Allied Health, who will serve as co-chair of the task force and Dr. Rani G. Whitfield, Southern University System Board Member and family practice physician.

Deleso A. Alford, professor of law at the Southern University Law Center; and Dr. Damien Ejigiri, dean and professor of the Nelson Mandela School of Government and Social Sciences will serve on the task force’s Public and Regulatory Policy subcommittee, which will focus on policies and laws that impact health disparities.

Southern University System President-Chancellor Dr. Ray L. Belton and Chief of Staff Dr. Katara Williams, were also appointed as part of the task force’s administration along with SU alum and Commissioner of the Louisiana Board of Regents, Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed.

The task force is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Friday, April 24.

For additional information about the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and a complete list of members, click here.

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