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The College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFS) embraces a mission consistent with the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service. The programs offered prepare students for professional careers in food, fiber, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and agricultural sciences.
The Office of Research is focused to transform lives through innovative research and education. Our research unit has achieved great success over the past decades. We have expanded the breadth and depth of our research portfolio and strengthened our strategic partnerships to improve the conditions of citizens and communities.
Cooperative Extension is the outreach arm of Southern University Ag Center. The Cooperative Extension Program has a standing reputation of "Linking Citizens of Louisiana with Opportunities for Success" and building lasting partnerships and programs that help solve problems of the citizens of Louisiana who have limited social and economic resources.
Southern University opened its doors in 1880 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with 12 students, five faculty members and a budget totalling $10,000. in 1914, the University was relocated to Louisiana's capital city - Baton Rouge. The Southern University and A&M College System was created by the state legislature under the management of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. The University expanded to other cities in the state, establishing Southern University, New Orleans (SUNO), Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA), the Southern University Law Center and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC).
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