About the SUAREC and the College of Agriculture

About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the College of Agriculture

Founded in 2000, the SUAREC fulfills the mission of the University’s land-grant role to conduct statewide 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.  SUAREC's research based educational information  aim to help small-scale and limited resource farmers and ranchers to develop and maintain viable farming operations that are in harmony with the environment; help communities build capacity to enhance the growth and development of the business and industrial sectors; and improve the quality of life for families and youth throughout Louisiana.  It is one of five campuses comprising the Historically Black Southern University and A&M College System.  The SUAREC has approximately 120 full and part-time employees. SUAREC’s annual operating budget is approximately $7.8 million. The physical plant, with its headquarters at the Ashford O. Williams Hall on the SU Baton Rouge Campus, also includes the SUAREC Experiment Station in Alsen, LA and the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (SCRI) – a satellite campus located in Opelousas, LA as well as units in 33 parishes. 

With an operating budget of approximately $2 million, the College of Agriculture encompasses three departments. The three departments are: Department of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Within the Department of Agricultural Sciences a Bachelor of Science degree is offered with concentrations in Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Plant and Soil Sciences, Agricultural Business, and Agricultural Economics.  Within the Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources, a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Forestry are offered.  Within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree is offered with concentrations in Apparel Merchandising and Textiles, Child Development, Dietetics, and Food Management.

The College of Agriculture has over 23 faculty and staff, and more than 260 undergraduate and 60 graduate students.

The College of Agriculture embraces a mission consistent with the University's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.  The academic program prepares students for professional careers in food, fiber, urban forestry, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and agricultural sciences using innovative strategies, up-to-date technologies, and current information. The program provides students with the fundamentals underlying their chosen disciplines, practical application and solutions to discipline-related problems, and opportunities to transfer knowledge to others in a variety of formal and informal settings.


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