The Land-Grant Campus: The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus (SULGC) is comprised of the Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS). The mission of the Campus is consistent with the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.
The SU Agricultural Research and Extension Center: The SUAREC was established on July 1, 2001 out of the need to enhance the impact of our land-grant programs on the citizenry of the state of Louisiana. SUAREC encompasses the Center for Small Farm Research, which was established in 1983, the Cooperative Extension Program, the SU Livestock Show and its state-of-the-art arena and a 385-acre agricultural research station.
The College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences: The CAFCS has been an integral part of the SU System from its inception. The college focuses on academic programs and fulfils the teaching component of the University's tripartite mission. TheSouthern University Board of Supervisors voted to merge the Southern University College of Agriculture with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center during the board’s April 22, 2016 meeting in keeping with its land-grant function.
The Land-Grant Campus' programs are multi-disciplinary with collaboration among research scientists and cooperative extension personnel from Southern University and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Programs focus on, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Sustainable Agricultural Systems
- Nutrition & Health
- Family & Human Development
- Urban Forestry& Natural Resources
- Youth Development
- Economic & Community Development
The faculty and staff at the Land-Grant Campus are focused on serving diverse audiences who have limited economic resources and to improve their access to opportunities though research and outreach education. Our programs are aimed to help small-scale and limited resource farmers and ranchers to develop and/or maintain viable farming operations that are in harmony with the environment; help communities build capacity to enhance the growth and development of the business and industrial sectors; and improve the quality of life for families and youth throughout Louisiana. To ensure that our clientele needs are addressed effectively, the research and extension department work together to ensure all projects are designed with inputs from stakeholders in mind.
The Campus is recognized and valued as a premier provider for practical new discoveries, outreach education and technical assistance in the food, agricultural and human sciences. Currently our programs are serving all sixty-four parishes in Louisiana!
The Land-Grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.