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The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture have long valued diversity, equity and inclusion, and in the past year, the two institutions have prioritized efforts to cultivate those principles. Read more in this year's issue of The Stately Oak.

Portrait of Luke LabordeStrengthening diversity efforts

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture have long valued diversity, equity and inclusion, and in the past year, the two institutions have prioritized efforts to cultivate those principles by establishing the Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Change; hiring an assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and opportunity; creating Diversity and Inclusion Champions in each of our academic units; and strengthening student organizations that celebrate these values.


WetlandsSakeCansJPGLSU AgCenter rice is main ingredient in Louisiana-brewed wetlands sake

Short-grain rice developed by the LSU AgCenter has been planted for a New Orleans company to make sake, a traditional Japanese beverage that is becoming more popular in the U.S.

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Diversity GuientjpgLSU AgCenter, College of Agriculture name diversity program leader

The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture have named Monica Guient assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and opportunity.

VenkersThe Future is Diverse: Planned Gift Paves Way for Students

While studying agricultural business at LSU during the 1970s, Michael Venker was first exposed to all the diversity a university can offer.

Diversity - MANRRS student orgjpgCollege of Agriculture student groups emphasize diversity and inclusion

LSU College of Agriculture students are empowered to champion diversity and inclusion for all students. Both groups complement the College’s vision to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.

The LSU College of Agriculture pilots Diversity and Inclusion Champions program

The LSU College of Agriculture launched its pilot program for Diversity and Inclusion Champions in January 2021. The initiative aims to connect students to faculty and staff within their respective departments and schools.


Broussard Intern HunterjpgMcNeese student Hunter Lepretre selected for Broussard research internship

Hunter Lepretre, a junior at McNeese State University, was chosen as the first student selected for a research internship with the LSU AgCenter through an endowment established by the family of Charles and Rose Broussard.

Coreil DonationjpgRetired AgCenter official makes donation to Louisiana 4-H wetlands program

Paul Coreil's passion for the outdoors and education guided him throughout his decades-long career with the LSU AgCenter, from which he retired in 2013 as vice chancellor for extension.

overheard shot of a field with tractorsGrant-funded project focuses on conservation

Two model farms are demonstrating the benefits of using the best agricultural practices to address key issues in farming, a project resulting from a $1.4 million grant from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to the LSU AgCenter.

IMG_8785JPGA. Wilbert’s Sons funds LSU College of Ag internships

A. Wilbert’s Sons LLC have continued to sponsor multiple undergraduate research internships for LSU students in agriculture and natural resources through the 2020-2021 academic year.

Mereaux inside greenhousejpgMeraux Foundation, LSU AgCenter join for citrus research

An expanse of nearly 9,500 square feet of compacted sand will serve as the home of the Center for Louisiana Citrus Innovation and Research at Docville Farm in Violet, Louisiana.

Kathy FivesjpgDean's Council membership

Created in 2012, the Dean’s Council is a devoted group of alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture and AgCenter who support the academic priorities and goals of each institution through their annual investments of $1,000 or more to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.


Kayla BentonJPGAgriculture Student Association president leads the way for Black female students

Kayla Benton, a senior majoring in animal sciences with a concentration in science and technology, has been named president of the LSU Agriculture Student Association (ASA). She is the Agriculture Student Association’s first Black female president.

ASA - Group with Advisors - Martin and Grantjpg ASA Mission

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.

2021-22 Les Voyageurs

Josephine Engelman - LVJPGEnvironmental management systems student named K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award recipient

Josephine Engelman was named the 2021 K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award recipient. Engelman is majoring in environmental management systems with a concentration in resource conservation.


Orgeronjpgjpg Orgeron awarded Ben Legendre professorship

LSU AgCenter weed scientist Al Orgeron has been named the Benjamin L. Legendre Sr. Sugar Heritage American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Professor.

StephensonjpgAgCenter weed scientist named to endowed chair for cotton research

Daniel Stephenson, an LSU AgCenter weed scientist, has been named to the Jack Hamilton Chair in Cotton Production.

LSU AgCenter, College of Agriculture announce faculty, staff award winners

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture announced the winners of their annual faculty and staff awards during a virtual ceremony held Dec. 16.


Vermilion4H Memorial Kaylee blueshirtjpg$100,000 raised for memorial scholarship honoring Vermilion 4-H’er

The sale of Pearl the pig raised $100,000 in Vermilion Parish for a scholarship fund to honor 10-year-old Kaylee McLain, who died last year in an accident.

Damage at 4-H Camp Beloved 4-H camp facility awaits repairs

The campgrounds at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock were unusually quiet this summer as they have been for more than a year. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled 4-H camp in 2020, and two hurricanes lashed the facility last year.

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