Small Farm Institute

About Us

Mission Statement:

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.

Objectives:

  • 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

 Small Farmer Definition:

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.

 

Emergent Subjects:

  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
    1. Wisteria Alliance- Women in Agriculture Program
    2. Small Farm Academy
  • Enhancing Capacity of Small Farms and Businesses

 


 

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

www.suagcenter.com 

 

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

 

Visit our website: www.suagcenter.com

 

This website uses cookies to ensure site visitors get the best experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies and Privacy Statement. To find out more, please visit Southern University's Privacy Statement.