LSU AgCenter Sets Food Science Summit

David Morrison  |  4/19/2005 10:29:07 PM

News Release Distributed 5/05/04

The LSU AgCenter has announced a food science summit to be held May 19-20 in Baton Rouge.

The meeting is intended to bring together faculty members in the various scientific disciplines that work in the area of food research and outreach programs, according to Dr. David Morrison, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor.

"Our goal is to establish strategic plans for future activities," Morrison said.

The program will include presentations from Dr. Frank Flora, national program leader for product quality and utilization in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Dr. Daryl Lund, executive director of the North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

Morrison said the aim of the summit is to obtain broad faculty input and consensus regarding the priorities and focus of future food science programs in the LSU AgCenter.

He said the LSU AgCenter has invited outside experts who will offer a national perspective and vision for food science programs.

"We’re bringing together all our scientists and extension people who work in the areas of food to examine where we are and to look ahead to determine how we can improve our programs," Morrison said. "We want to be able to provide the greatest impact on how our research and extension can contribute to economic development in Louisiana."

Morrison added that the LSU AgCenter’s food science efforts span the range of programs from production agriculture to food processing and other value-added activities to human health and nutrition.

The LSU AgCenter departments with activities related to food science include dairy science, agricultural economics and agribusiness, the Audubon Sugar Institute, human ecology, animal sciences, horticulture, biological and agricultural engineering and food science.

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Contact:  David Morrison at (225) 578-8236 or dmorrison@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:     Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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