The LSU AgCenter focuses on research, extension and teaching to make advancements that will benefit generations.
The LSU AgCenter is one of nine campuses of the LSU System. With offices in every parish and research stations across the state, the LSU AgCenter is committed to serving the citizens of Louisiana. That pledge includes our dedication to agriculture and the vital work of providing innovation and support for the food and fiber sector while improving agriculture’s valuable contributions to the state’s economy.
Our educational efforts span nutrition and health, food safety, backyard gardening, disaster preparedness, storm recovery, youth development, managing insects and natural threats, economic development, resource conservation and so much more.
The LSU AgCenter provides individuals, families, businesses, schools, industries and local governments with valuable information aimed at improving economic conditions, general wellness and quality of life. Our faculty members across the state are actively engaged in research that creates solutions for the many aspects of agriculture while serving all residents of Louisiana.
Weeds, insects and diseases are formidable opponents. Conservation of natural resources is an ongoing effort. The health needs of the state’s residents require new innovations. The research conducted by LSU AgCenter faculty and staff is continually taking on new questions and finding better answers. The LSU AgCenter has 15 research stations across the state and 14 academic/research departments on the LSU campus. Scientists at these stations and in these departments work to make the crops that grow in Louisiana less susceptible to pest problems, more profitable and, ultimately, require fewer inputs to produce.
Better production, more profits, stronger environment
Food that is healthful. Food that is safe. Food that is abundant. Nutrition researchers and food scientists are discovering ways to ensure our food supply is all three. Whether finding ways to reduce sodium without sacrificing taste or better ways to preserve foods for less waste, small changes can have big results.
Healthy, sustaining, safe
Natural resources that are abundant. Land and animals that are preserved. The AgCenter has a team of scientists who focus on keeping the state’s unique and plentiful renewable natural resources safe. Research looks at fisheries and wetland management, forestry and forest products, and wildlife issues.
Abundant resources, cultures preserved
The entomologist who solves your carpenter bee problem. The horticulturist who saves your beloved oak tree. The nutritionist who teaches you a healthier way to live. The 4-H adviser who inspires growth in your child. These are the extension agents of the LSU AgCenter. Every day in every parish LSU AgCenter agents are fielding questions from homeowners and farmers. They are hosting programs and holding classes. They are working in your community, in the schools and building partnerships and applying research from AgCenter scientists to enhance everyday lives.
Healthy Communities, Healthy Citizens
Contributing to the health and well-being of Louisiana residents has always been the goal of the LSU AgCenter nutrition education program. Helping people eat healthier, lose weight and exercise more goes a long way toward disease prevention and intervention. This will help hold down health care costs, improve workforce productivity and enhance the quality of life for everyone. Instead of the more traditional model of teaching classes and working with families one-on-one, the AgCenter is looking at innovative approaches — working with the entire community to make it easier for people to live a healthier lifestyle.
Educating the next generation
A critical piece of the AgCenter’s mission is continuing the long-standing tradition of agricultural education at LSU. Many AgCenter faculty have a joint appointment with the LSU College of Agriculture and teach undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in the LSU College of Agriculture. Students can enhance their education by participating in hands-on research with AgCenter mentors. Faculty and staff work to integrate new technologies, such as precision agriculture, into the curriculum to prepare students for the workplace of the future.
The work of the LSU AgCenter is funded by a partnership with federal, state and local governments, grants and contracts, and private funds.
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Based on the ideals of our nation’s Founding Fathers, a national system of land-grant universities started with the Morrill Act of 1862. Congress donated public lands to support colleges that would emphasize agriculture and mechanical arts.
In 1887, the Hatch Act addressed the need to strengthen agricultural research programs. It provided funds for the establishment of a system of agricultural experiment stations at land-grant institutions. The Smith-Lever Act in 1914 created a national Cooperative Extension Service, which aimed to deliver the results of research to the public.
In 1971, a special committee of the LSU Board of Supervisors conducted a comprehensive management study of the LSU System and recommended its agricultural activities have an identity separate from that of the existing campuses. As a result, the LSU Board of Supervisors established the Center for Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development in August 1972. Ten years later, the board changed the name to the LSU Agricultural Center.