2020 Model State Program- Southern University Ag Research and Extension Center

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2020: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: Southern University
Region: Southern
State: Louisiana
State Coordinator:
Mila Berhane
Southern University Agcenter


Not commodity specific


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed management, housing, manure management
  • Crop Production: crop rotation, fertilizers, intercropping, irrigation, pollination, pollinator habitat, seed saving
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, mentoring, networking, technical assistance, youth education
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    The Louisiana State University AgCenter (LSUAC) in collaboration with the Southern University Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) will implement programs that enhance the capabilities of Louisiana’s agricultural professionals in the area of sustainable agriculture. Themes for 2020 - 2021 include: pastured poultry, fall garden and the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (LA SAWG) annual meeting as well as regional sustainable agriculture related conferences and workshops. Louisiana State University AgCenter and Southern University Agricultural Center extension personnel will be strongly encouraged to attend the training sessions. Information delivery systems to be utilized include workshops and long-distance education training sessions, field trips, resource manuals and informational bulletins. The Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board will meet twice annually for programmatic planning and evaluation. The Program Assistant (half-time), funded by this project, will be responsible for maintaining the state SARE website (http://www.southernsare.org/SARE- in-Your-State/Louisiana) and Facebook page. The other duties for this position include assisting in coordination of the state workshops and field days, the SSAWG scholarships and arrangements, the sustainable agriculture materials generated by the project, promotion of SARE resources and grant opportunities, and development of on-line and hard copy sustainable agriculture resources.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The purpose of including travel funds is to cover costs associated with attending SSAWG conference. The conference will be held in Kentucky in January 2021. We are asking for funds to cover 5 county agents/ Ag Professionals to attend this conference. Transportation will be provided using 1 rental vehicle, gasoline consumption and parking. Lodging is requested at $60 per night for 4 days at 5 people to cover conference hotel costs.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.