Small Farm Institute

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s (SUAREC) Small Farm Institute (SFI) is housed within the Cooperative Extension Program’s Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Unit. The Cooperative Extension Program operates in 34 parishes across the state of Louisiana. These parishes are comprised of small limited-resource and underserved farmers and landowners. SFI’s goal is to educate, provide technical assistance and outreach while fostering sustainability among Louisiana’s small farm communities. The small farmer institute mission is to serve the new, disadvantaged, minority, underserved, women, and veteran farmer in Louisiana; through outreach, education, hands on training, provide resources, introduce new technological innovations and assist farmers with making sound decisions for a successful agriculture business.

The Small Farm Institute’s mission is to serve new and beginning, underserved, women, and veteran farmers in Louisiana; through outreach, education, demonstrations, and technical innovations to manage risk and make sound decisions for a successful agricultural business.
 

  • To assist small new, beginning, women and veteran farmers and landowners in achieving the small farm dream.
  • To educate and provide information on emerging agriculture trends and science base practices.
  • To assisting farmers in generating and maintaining an income that supports their families and communities.
  • To serve as an incubator of small farmers information in Louisiana.
  • To provide materials for bilingual farmers and personnel.

A small farmer is defined as one that grows and sells between $1,000 and $250,000 per year in agricultural products. These farmers could include:

  • Growers working with plants in greenhouses.
  • Ethnic minority farmers.
  • Farmers with limited resources.
  • Hobby farmers, retirement farmers, lifestyle farmers.
  • Farmers who sell directly to consumers
  • Through farmers markets, CSA’s and other marketing channels not a part of the traditional, wholesale distribution chain.
  • Farmers who do not monocrop, including those who grow vegetables or fruits while also raising livestock.

Source: USDA, Small Farms, Big Differences, 11 March 2021. 

  1. Livestock Operations – (Cow/Calf/Sheep/Goat/Poultry)
  2. Vegetable/Hemp Production
  3. Forestry/Tree Management (Fruit, Nut, Timber)
  4. Seafood/ Crawfish Production
  5. On Farm Readiness
  6. Certifications
  7. Initiatives
  8. Technology
  9. Equestrian
  10. Continuing Education Programs
    • Wisteria Alliance- Women in Agriculture Program
    • Small Farm Academy
    • Enhancing Capacity of Small Farms and Businesses

 

Zanetta Augustine, M.S.
Program Leader/Assistant Specialist, ANR
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-2591
Email: Zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com
facebook.com/SUAgCooperativeExtension
www.suagcenter.com

 

Brian Keith Phillips, Ph.D.
Associate Small Farm Specialist, ANR
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-3532
Email: brian_phillips@suagcenter.com
facebook.com/SUAgCooperativeExtension
www.suagcenter.com

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