Cooperative Extension is the outreach arm of the Southern University Ag Center committed to providing educational opportunities to our local communities. The Cooperative Extension program has a long-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.
Take your knowledge and skills to the next level! Our certification programs can help you stand out, stay current, and make an impression that lasts. Are You Ready? Learn more by touring our program offering pages and find the right program for you!
Food & Farm Food Safety Certification
The Food & Farm Food Safety Certification provides basic training to farmers and food production managers on how to prevent, minimize, and reduce the risks of food product contamination during farming, purchasing, receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, reheating, and serving. Federal guidelines for the food production facilities are covered for participants to learn the importance of food safety from farm to table.
Small Business Development Certification
The Small Business Development Certification Program assists economically challenged landowners in creating and strengthening agricultural businesses. This educational program includes courses that develop and improve upon the professional skills of Louisiana small entrepreneurs and farmers.
Master Small Ruminant Certification
The Master Small Ruminant Producer Certification Program is a comprehensive course for beginning and advanced goat and sheep producers. This training program is to provide educational training opportunities in small ruminant production, management, and marketing for Low to Moderate Income(LMI) and/or Urgent Need producers to assist in building a viable and sustainable goat and sheep industry in the state of Louisiana.
Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification
The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program is an intensive training and field-study farm tour employing sustainable agriculture practices. In this program, participants will become familiar with techniques and strategies necessary to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and animals in an urban environment sustainably.
Mobile Education and Technology Center
Taking the Classroom to the Community
A partnership between the Louisiana Department of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit and the Southern University Ag Center brings “live” instruction and technical skills training and outreach to underserved parishes throughout the state of Louisiana.
The Mobile Lab operates as both a high-tech educational classroom and a mobile extension of our brick & mortar facilities with capabilities to provide internet access, hands-on learning, and enhanced employment opportunities!