The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) was established on July 1, 2001 out of the need to enhance the impact of our land-grant programs on the citizenry of the state of Louisiana. The mission of the Center is to conduct basic and applied research, and disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs. SUAREC encompasses the Center for Small Farm Research, which was established in 1983, the Cooperative Extension Program, the S.U. Livestock Show and its state-of-the-art arena and a 385-acre agricultural research.

The Center’s programs are multi-disciplinary with collaboration among research scientists and cooperative extension personnel from Southern University and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Programs in the Center focus on, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Family & Human Development
  • Urban Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Economic & Community Development

Our programs are aimed to help small-scale and limited resource farmers and ranchers to develop and/or 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. The Center is recognized and valued as a premier provider for practical new discoveries, outreach education and technical assistance in the food, agricultural and human sciences, and currently serving all sixty-four parishes in Louisiana!

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