University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will be having a ribbon
cutting ceremony to celebrate the new headquarters for the Southwest Center for
Rural Initiatives (SCRI) on Wednesday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. The SCRI operates as a satellite entity of
the SU Ag Center whose mission; in its land-grant role, is to conduct
state-wide basic and applied research and to disseminate information to the
citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific,
technological, social, economic, and cultural needs. The SCRI serves a
10-parish region in Southwest Louisiana.
Those parishes include: St. Landry, Lafayette, Vermilion, Acadia, St.
Martin, Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Allen, and Evangeline. For the past five years, the SCRI has been
housed in a temporary location at 242 S. Liberty Street in Opelousas. "This is a great day for the Southern
University Ag Center! It’s been a long
and tedious journey to this day,” says Chancellor Leodrey Williams. This accomplishment is due in part to the
interest and tireless efforts of several elected, appointed and community
leaders. The new headquarters is located at 1209 Diesi Street, Opelousas, LA
The SCRI was created
as an extension of the Louisiana Center for Rural Initiatives. The Center
coordinates and links university-based needs and strategies to address the
current status of socioeconomic conditions, with particular emphasis on rural
and persistent poverty areas.