Small Farm Academy

About Us


The Southern University Small Farm Academy is a course of study specifically designed to guide small, and limited resource farmers through the process of becoming more successful agricultural entrepreneurs. This unique training prepares small farmers to make better decisions on their farm or agricultural operation, while also equipping them with the necessary skills and expertise to assume positions of leadership in the agricultural community.


Mission Statement:

The Small Farmer Academy mission is to promote the sustainability of Louisiana small family farms through enhanced business management skills.  



  • Increase the leadership, decision making and skills of participants.
  • Enhance understanding of state and federal government agricultural economies, and the effects of global agriculture on the US economy.
  • Improve ability to manage a farm business in a competitive global economy.
  • Develop and enhance business management and marketing skills.
  • Introduce producers to how decisions are made at the parish, state, regional and national levels.

Why Participate:

  • Better understanding of agricultural policy and the decision-making process.
  • Increase net farm income.
  • Better understanding of USDA programs and services.


Target Audience

                Any beginning, veteran, or potential farmers in the state of Louisiana. However, we also specialize in small, limited resource farmers.


Target Areas: Statewide


Emerging Topics & Trends:

  1. Business and Marketing Program
  2. Hoop House & Greenhouse Construction
  3. Resources / Funding
  4. Farmer Mentorship
  5. Whole Farm Planning
  6. One-on-One Farm Evaluation
  7. Farm Tours and Field Days
  8. Computer Literacy / Training


Contact Information


Brian Keith Phillips, Ph.D.
Associate Agricultural Specialist
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-3532
Zanetta Augustine, M.S.
Agricultural Specialist and Program Leader ANR
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-2591


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