Tuesday, February 18

SU Ag Center to host a Hemp Summit during its Louisiana Small Farmers Conference

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host a Hemp Summit on March 18 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena Multipurpose Building, 14600 Scenic Hwy, in Baton Rouge, LA. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Topics covered during the summit will include Hemp as a cash, specialty or alternative crop; information on state laws and regulations, background checks and the application process; and USDA opportunities.

The Hemp Summit is a pre-conference event for the 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference. The conference will be held March 18-20.

For additional information about the conference, visit https://suagcenter.blogspot.com/2020/01/su-ag-center-set-for-10th-annual.html.

Wednesday, February 12

SU Ag Center Chancellor-Dean speaks to Baton Rouge Press Club

SU Ag Center and College of Ag Chancellor-Dean Dr. Orlando F. McMeans was the guest speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Feb. 10, 2020.

Baton Rouge, La. – Orlando F. McMeans, Ph.D., Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences spoke to members of the Baton Rouge Press Club during the club’s weekly meeting on Feb. 10.

The main topic for discussion during the meeting was the Ag Center’s Medical Marijuana Program.

“We will be harvesting in the next week or so,” said McMeans about the Center’s first medical marijuana crop when asked if the university had a production start date.

The harvesting date is pending final approval by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Department of Health. After testing is conducted on the crop, products are expected to be available in dispensaries.

“When you do something for the first time and you have these strict guidelines that are overseen by so many different agencies, every step has to be approved,” said McMeans. “We want to make sure we follow the necessary steps to produce a quality product,” he added.

McMeans explained that the Center plans to do more than just produce medical marijuana but also conduct research on developing new varieties of marijuana to target specific ailments.

Additional topics discussed by McMeans included the Center’s research into hemp, the recent ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the Center’s hemp-derived CBD product line, Alafia Healthcare, with partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare, making Southern University the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to launch a CBD line.

He also shared information on upcoming academic student support that will be implemented within the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences; increasing the Ag Center’s Cooperative Extension footprint within the state; and seeking resources to enhance and grow the programs and services of the Ag Center and the College.

McMeans’ speech is available in its entirety on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Youtube channel.


Tuesday, February 11

SU Ag Center set to host its 26th annual Collegiate Black History Quiz Bowl

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences will host the 26th annual Collegiate Black History Quiz Bowl at 3 p.m. on February 20 in the 3rd floor auditorium of T.T. Allain Hall on Southern University’s campus.

All student clubs and organizations, and individual student groups throughout the campus are encouraged to participate. Each team will compete to show their knowledge of current events, politics, history, sports, and entertainment.

Teams must consist of four members plus an alternate. To participate, teams must sign-up online or in the Dean's Complex of Fisher Hall, room 102. The deadline to sign-up is February 14.

Plaques will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and all participants will receive a book by or about some aspect of the Black experience at the end of the event.

The Black History Quiz Bowl has been led by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Owusu Bandele, for the past 26 years.

The competition study guide, rules, and online registration form is available at http://suagcenter.com/page/quizbowl.

For additional information about the 26th annual Black History Quiz Bowl, contact Dr. Owusu Bandele at owusu_bandele@suagcenter.com.


Wednesday, February 5

Backyard Gardening 101 Workshop Postponed

Baton Rouge, La. - The Southern University Ag Center’s Backyard Gardening 101 Workshop has been postponed. The workshop was scheduled for February 8.

The Center is currently working the set a new date and location for the workshop.