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
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.