Agricultural and Natural Resources
The work of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Program area within the Cooperative Extension Program focuses primarily on preparing small, traditionally unserved and underserved farmers, ranchers to compete in a dynamic, ever-changing environment. This audience also includes urban farmers, back yard gardeners and community agriculturalist. The overall goal of this program area is to deliver high quality educational programs to the agricultural producers of Louisiana and the region which will allow them to maintain sustainable, profitable businesses, farms, communities and livelihoods.
The specific objectives of the Agricultural and Natural Resources program area are to:
- Develop and maintain a database of small farmers and urban agriculturalist;
- Increase awareness and adoption of sound record keeping systems, best management practices and risk management strategies.
- Increase awareness and use of resources and services available at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.
- Host an annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference to connecting small farmers with local, regional and national farm resources, services and available programs,
- Enhance understanding of agricultural infrastructure, local, state and federal government, agricultural economics, and effects of global agricultural or the U.S. economy;
- Increase the leadership, decision-making and analytical skills of socially disadvantaged farmers;
- Improve ability to manage a farm business in a competitive global economy; and
- Improve access to USDA programs.