Wednesday, September 2

SU Ag Center set to host Free Virtual Certification Program


Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will host three free virtual certification trainings through its Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana’s Small Farmers and Businesses Project.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become virtual teaching and training machines while working remotely,” said Tamika Porter, Project Manager of the Enhancing Capacity Certification Programs. “Our teams have prepared and are excited and eager to continue the work of preparing and equipping others with specific knowledge and tools that will help advance Louisiana communities and abroad,” added Porter.

The educational series will include certifications in Food Safety, Small Business Development and Sustainable Urban Agriculture.

The Food Safety Certification Program will provide basic training to farmers and food production managers on how to prevent, minimize, and reduce the risks of food product contamination during farming, purchasing, receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, reheating and serving. The course is designed for caterers, food truck owners, produce growers, or home cooks. Participants will learn the Basics of Food Safety, Food Safety Regulations, How to Prevent Cross-Contamination, and will go through a Food Handler Training and receive a certificate of completion. This course will be held from September 15 – October 1, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Food Safety Certification Program.

The Small Business Development Certification Program will assist economically challenged business owners in creating and strengthening their business. The program includes courses that develop and improve upon the professional skills of Louisiana Small Entrepreneurs and Farmers.  This training will be held from September 3 – 24, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Small Business Development Certification  Program.

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program is the production of food and fiber products using new emerging, and traditional practices in an urban environment. Participants will become familiar with the techniques and strategies necessary to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and animals in an urban environment sustainably. The course will be held from September 3 – October 6, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program.

The certificate programs have mandatory attendance and participation requirements. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Southern University Ag Center.

This program is has been made available through a partnership with the State of Louisiana Division of Administration Office of Community Development with funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information about the certification programs email



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