While philanthropic motivations vary, they yield a common outcome for the College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter: enhanced ability to drive the mission. We actively cultivate and maintain a culture of high expectations and high performance throughout the LSU agricultural enterprise. Your thoughtful generosity amplifies our ability to deliver the highest quality student experiences and the most pioneering research advancements. Thank you for your generosity, and thank you for supporting our journey toward excellence!
The 4-H campground, nested on 90 acres in the town of Pollock near Kisatchie National Forest, has been hosting Louisiana youth for a century. Camping has been a fixture of the 4-H Youth Development Program since its earliest beginnings. To better serve new generations, the camp needs upgrades.
As the director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Doyle Chambers was adamant that research and extension are vital to the future of agriculture in Louisiana.
The Albert E. and Karen W. Kirby Professorship in Agriculture has\ been established to honor the late “Big Al” Kirby, who died in May and was an ardent supporter of LSU and education.
The Louisiana Board of Regents has matched a donation from the American Sugar Cane League to bring the endowment for an LSU AgCenter chair in sugar production to $1 million. The board’s $400,000 contribution will be paired with the league’s donation of $600,000 to establish the endowment in 2017.
Michael and Debra Benedict Venker donated $50,000 to establish the Venker Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship for the College of Agriculture. The scholarship supports two demographically underrepresented students throughout their four years at LSU. The Venker family hopes the fund gives students financial support and encouragement to make the most out of their collegiate careers.
To honor Windell Jackson's contributions to the industry, the League recently added $25,000 and Jackson’s name to an existing scholarship fund for LSU students.
When Annette Douthat passed away earlier this year, husband John wanted to honor her legacy by adding two new funds to the two the couple had already established in the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts.
The renovated LSU Textile and Costume Museum reopened with the debut of an exhibition of Mayan textiles. The exhibit was curated by Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff, professor emerita in the LSU Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising, and Alexandra Forestier, graduate assistant.
The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association is back in full swing after facing the barrier of COVID for nearly two years, hosting multiple events on campus throughout the fall and spring semesters that welcomed alumni, families, faculty, staff and supporters of the college.
Just as Burden influenced the look and feel of the LSU campus, Bill Welch has influenced the landscape of southern gardens for more than 50 years.
LSU sophomore and Collegiate 4-H Vice President Tay Moore has been selected as a new trustee to the board of the National 4-H Council. Moore, a former Louisiana 4-H state president, has been involved with the organization for a decade.
A $100,000 scholarship has been given to support Louisiana 4-H, making it the largest endowed scholarship in the history of the organization. The Dr. Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr. 4-H Scholarship is funded by Fletcher’s grandson, Paul D. Nevels, a class of 1972 LSU graduate, to honor the legacy of his grandfather — a legacy that includes a lifelong dedication to student success and personal growth.
International students visited LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge this summer as part of International Summer School at LSU, a weeklong exchange. The program is a continuation of a two-year international short program that began in 2019 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
The LSU AgCenter has a strong partnership with Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. The two institutions have participated in student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects, joint lectures, visiting scholars and international summer school.
Diversity and Inclusion Champions are a dynamic group that liaises between the College of Agriculture dean’s office, departments and schools to promote diversity initiatives and student inclusion.
Each year, the College of Agriculture awards the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award to a rising senior member of the Les Voyageurs. The Les Voyageurs is a student ambassador group for the college and often greets prospective students when they visit campus.
Four LSU College of Agriculture students were part of the LSU Tiger Twelve Class of 2022. LSU’s Tiger Twelve is an initiative that highlights a select group of undergraduate seniors who have contributed to LSU campus life and positively impacted the Baton Rouge community. Each spring, 12 distinguished LSU seniors receive this prestigious recognition.
In the fall of 1987, the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University identified the need for a team of agriculture students to serve as representatives for the College and University throughout the state. Appropriately so, this team of exceptional students became known as the Les Voyageurs.
The mission of the College of Agriculture Student Association (ASA) is to represent the needs of the students in the LSU College of Agriculture by promoting camaraderie, expanding networks and creating opportunities that collectively foster personal growth and professional development and provide premier student experiences.
The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Awards ceremony was held on Nov. 19, 2021, prior to Cocktails and Cuisine fundraiser. The ceremony recognized the 2020 and 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. Outstanding Alumni Awards for 2021 were presented to sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois and Steve Peirce, agricultural economics alumnus and president of RIBUS International.
LSU AgCenter faculty and staff are recognized for their performance and contribution to our organization.