Thursday, August 27


 Federal Legislation Created a System of 19 1890 Land-grant Universities


Washington, DC -- The presidents and chancellors of the nation’s 1890 Universities have began celebrating the 130th anniversary of the federal legislation that designated them as land-grant institutions. The Morrill Act of 1890 established a land-grant university system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in states where African Americans were banned from accessing a public higher education.


Higher education leaders, elected officials and policymakers, business and community leaders will join in an online celebration of the 1890 land-grant universities anniversary, culminating with a two-hour online forum on Monday, August 31 from 1:00-3:00pm EDT that will explore the history and accomplishments of these institutions and the important role they play in the nation’s future.  Registration for that convening is open to all here.


Over the next week, leaders and members of the 1890 university community, policymakers, business and community leaders will use an array of platforms to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of these land-grant institutions, including on social media using #Celebrate1890s. They will highlight innovative programs at the 1890 land-grant universities and their role in developing solutions for local, regional, and global challenges. This week of activities will also include points of pride and/or significant accomplishments for each of the 19 1890 land-grant universities.    


The celebration will end with a virtual webinar on August 31, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. EDT. This would have been an in-person gathering were it not for the pandemic, but the 1890 land-grant universities are committed to having a very meaningful event honoring their history and celebrating their current work. The webinar will have two panel discussions. One panel will feature Makola Abdullah, President, Virginia State University; Heidi Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Paul Jones, President Fort Valley State University; and Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The webinar will also feature a second panel with private sector leaders such as Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft; Kellie Adesina, Director of Federal Government Affairs at Bayer Crop Science; Karis Gutter, Manager of U.S. Government and Industry at Corteva Agriscience; Demetha Sanders, Global Head of Inclusion & Talent Management at Cargill; and Phillip Thomas-Wallace, Director, U.S. Federal Government Affairs at Walmart.


The webinar will also feature remarks from prominent dignitaries such as Scott Hutchins, Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics; Representatives Alma Adams, Vice-Chair of the House Agriculture Committee; David Scott, Lead Sponsor of the 1890 Scholarship Program; and Sanford Bishop, Chair of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee;  Sherrod Brown, Co-Lead Sponsor of the 1890 Centers of Excellence; and Harry Williams, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


After 130 years, 19 universities designated as 1890 land-grant universities continue to work together to provide essential research, education, and Extension/public outreach that both sustains U.S. food, fiber and renewable fuel production and addresses the challenges of our time at local, regional, national and global levels. The 1890 land-grant universities have a legacy helping to fill a crucial need of educating first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students; enhancing the resilience of limited-resource farmers, families, individuals, and underserved communities; and pioneering the most advanced and advanced education, research, and engagement programs to improve quality of life. With very little investment, the 1890s educate nearly 100,000 students annually, contribute more than $4.4 billion to the local economies, and provide pathways of opportunity for thousands of Americans. 


The land-grant philosophy is even more relevant today, given the dynamic complexity of the socioeconomic environment where an integrated, iterative systems approach provides the best likelihood of generating solutions that are responsive to the complex dynamism of our environment. The 1890 land-grant universities are a perfect platform for addressing the three interlocking disparities of education, health, and economic prosperity made more evident by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, the 1890 institutions plan to focus on these disparities while continuing to play a foundational role in the higher education system and in providing access and enhancing opportunities for all citizens.


The 1890 land-grant universities are: Southern University and A&M College, Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University in Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.

Wednesday, August 12

SU Ag Center to discuss the State of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Aug. 17


State of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season
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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will discuss the state of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season during the fifth edition of its Facebook Live Series on Emergency Preparedness in the Wake of COVID-19.

The live stream will be held at 12 p.m. on August 17 on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.

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

The broadcast will air approximately 15 – 30 minutes depending on the amount of questions received during the live stream.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, but was rescheduled due to technical difficulties.


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Tuesday, August 11

SU Ag Center set to host Virtual Training Sessions on the Dangers of Tobacco Use


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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network will host a ‘Conversation with Communities of Color Network…Tobacco and You,’ a Facebook Live Series.

The series will be broadcasted on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page at 11 a.m. on the following dates:

·       August 11 - Someone is talking about You: Real Quotes from Tobacco Executives, Part 1

·       August 13 - Did You Know…Your Smoke Can Make Me Sick?

·       August 18 - What Do You Know About Tobacco?

·       August 20 - Someone is talking about You: Real Quotes from Tobacco Executives, Part 2

·       August 25 - What’s The Yellow Stain on Your Wall?

·       August 27 - Smoking Breaks Your Heart!

“It is imperative that the Communities of Color Network continues to move forward in our efforts to educate and provide resources to the constituents of Louisiana especially during these unprecedented times,” said Linda Early Brown, Director of the Communities of Color Network.  “We will continue to bridge the gap, virtually as we fight to eradicate and/or reduce tobacco consumption within our communities,” added Brown.

The Communities of Color Network provides support and technical assistance to African-American communities to ensure they are well-informed about the dangers of tobacco, and understand how to protect themselves from unhealthy exposure.

Its mission is to eliminate health inequalities caused by or related to tobacco use among Louisiana communities of color by building coalitions, increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco, and reducing tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke exposure.



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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, and on Instagram at,



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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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