Extension Service

Elizabeth Swoope  |  6/29/2016 6:25:50 PM

As part of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, our Extension faculty work with our research and teaching faculty to assist parish county agents in delivering the latest research-based information to Louisiana citizens in both rural and metropolitan settings. Educational opportunities for professional and consumer clientele include field days, variety trials, workshops, practical extension publications, news releases and personal advice.

Major SPESS events and services also include soil and irrigation water testing, LSU spring garden show and AgMagic tours for children. Extension efforts support sustainable agriculture production, environmental awareness and improved quality of life. A youth component provides career exploration and personal development through FFA contests and our 4-H programming. Our Louisiana Master Gardener program gives adults opportunities for personal development and leadership and enhances our community educational outreach in home horticulture.

Area of Specialization

Faculty Member

Consumer Horticulture

Daniel J. Gill

Associate Professor

Fruit Crops

David Himelrick

Professor

Home/School/Community Gardens

Louisiana SARE

Kathryn (Kiki) Fontenot

Associate Professor

Water Quality Brian LeBlanc
Professor

Pasture & Forage Crops,

Small Grains

Edward K. Twidwell
Professor

Weed Management - Rice

Eric Webster
Associate Professor

Weed Management - Sugarcane

Jim Griffin

Professor

Weed Management - Turf , Weed Management - Ornamentals

Ronald E. Strahan
Associate Professor


Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

The Louisiana State University AgCenter (LSUAC) in partnership with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) are working together to implement programs that enhance the capabilities of Louisiana's agriculture professionals in the area of sustainable agriculture.

Educational initiatives include workshops and distance education training sessions, field trips, resource manuals and informational bulletins.

What Is Sustainable Agriculture? Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that satisfies human food and fiber needs, enhances environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which agriculture depends, makes the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources, integrates natural biological cycles and controls, maintains the economic viability of farm operations, enhances the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole. (from 1990 Farm Bill FACTA)

Contacts

Chris Robichaux , Ph.D.
LA SARE Co-State Coordinator
Southern University Ag Center Area Horticulturist
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
Phone: 337-332-2181
FAX: 337-332-2870
email

Kathryn (Kiki) Fontenot
LA SARE Co-State Coordinator
Louisiana State University AgCenter
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
163 Julian Miller Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2417
FAX: 225-578-1068
email

LA SARE PDP Assistant
Louisiana State University AgCenter
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
137 Julian Miller Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1037
FAX: 225-578-1068

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