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Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana’s Small Farms and Businesses

Agricultural Education and Technical Assistance Training Programs

Raising achievement and skill levels through teaching, research, and extension/public service to limited social and economic underserved Louisiana communities. 

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.

Certification Programs

Food & Farm Food Safety Certification

The Food Safety Certification Program 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.

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 provides educational training opportunities in small ruminant production, management and marketing.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program is an intensive 12-session 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.

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!

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