The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (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. The mission of the Center is to conduct basic and applied research, and disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs. SUAREC encompasses the Center for Small Farm Research, which was established in 1983, the Cooperative Extension Program, the S.U. Livestock Show and its state-of-the-art arena and a 385-acre agricultural research.
The Center's programs are multi-disciplinary with collaboration among research scientists and cooperative extension personnel from Southern University and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Programs in the Center 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 SUAREC are focused on serving diverse audiences who have limited economic resources, 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 Center 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 mission of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, in its land-grant role, is to conduct statewide basic and applied research and to disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs.